Welcome to the top four, Boston Celtics fans!
That’s right – after an 82-game regular season and two rounds of hard-fought battles, we have our 2014 NBA Conference Finals ready to begin tomorrow. In the West, we have the San Antonio Spurs, playing in what seems like their 20th straight Western Conference Finals, against the NBA’s MVP, Kevin Durant, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. It may not be the match-up everyone wanted, but since these teams were the top two teams out West all season, it’s not exactly surprising that they would be duking it out for the right to represent the West in the Finals.
Come to think of it, our match-up here in the Eastern Conference is kind of ho-hum as well, as it’s yet another case of the number one and number two seed doing exactly what was expected of them. You can argue that the way the Indiana Pacers played in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks made this Heat-Pacers showdown anything but certain, but don’t forget: the Boston Celtics needed seven games to defeat the Chicago Bulls in their first round of their 2008 playoffs, and that series only made them stronger.
Spurs-Thunder. Heat-Pacers. Four powerhouses – but only two can survive and advance to the NBA Finals.
Time to vote – who ya got?