I was half right, Dallas got booked to the finals, turned out (Miami’s) three were too hot to handle while a young and very tired MVP failed to carry his team, well at least for now. Sans Bulls my initial 2011 NBA finals prediction is the same though the advantage now point to Dallas (2-0 regular season win-loss record) and a 44% (62K+ votes) chance of clinching it on 6 or 7 games at Yahoo poll. Chill out! The East will emerge victorious this time as they’ll sacrifice bodies to (double & triple team) Dirk Nowitzki and make him feel like a disappointed Derrick Rose (Bulls 3-0 in regular season) even with battle hardened veterans of Kidd, Terry, Marion, Stojakovic et.al. Yet another classic rematch five years in waiting with only four original 2006 players left — Wade, Haslem, Nowitzki, and Terry. Miami 6 in a roller coaster 48 minutes.
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Mavs is heavily favored for a second coming to the NBA Finals after their dismal breakdown with the Heat in 2006, this time it is against the Bulls or Heat as pundits favor Bulls if they can shackle Miami’s Big 3. I believe they will prevail and defense will be the key and is the more balanced team proven by their late season surge as the best unit in the league. MVP Derrick Rose is backed-up by bunch of reliables — Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Kyle Korver, et.al. as they embark on a new Chicago Bulls era.
I see Mark Cuban woes and Dirk Nowitzki’s drought continue, coach of the year Tom Thibodeau will get his much deserved second ring after the Windy City hiatus and awakening post 1997 glory years of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Toni Kukoc. But I could be wrong.
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