Is It Really That Much Of A Formality …. ?
It’d appear that the common thinking when it’s all said and done . It will be the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the 2009 season. And that’s as it should be based upon their regular season records.
But here’s the caveat there’s such a thing as the playoffs and that’s where the fortunes and tide of fate can be determined for the teams . If it’s to be believed then the Cavaliers shouldn’t have much trouble at all marching through the Eastern Conference playoffs.
As good as LeBron James and his supporting cast have performed during the season attaining a 66-16 record. The Los Angeles Lakers (65-17) have been equally effective in marching to supremacy within the Western Conference. And led by last season’s MVP Kobe Bryant the team has played well . But at the most inopportuned of moments they’ve shown their frailties as a team. But this came from the inconsistency of their bench and unwillingness to step up to the plate and be counted when it mattered most. Now there are those amongst us who feel that this is nothing more than a passing phase for the team. However a passing phase shouldn’t be repeated as often as we’ve seen from the Lakers as of late.
The loss against the Portland Trailblazers as inexplicable as it was . It shouldn’t go unnoticed by those more astute in the nuances of the game that the Trailblazers have had the Lakers’ number. And they’ve proven to be the Lakers’ nemesis and achilles’ heel.
While we can all agree that the events of the regular season shouldn’t as such be an indicator or precursor of things to come. With a Bryant led team and all the marbles to play for it’s the Lakers that everyone appears to be favoring at this juncture. Cavaliers’ fans obviously feel differently as to the unwavering support as to the concensus seems to be growing for the likelihood of a Lakers triumph in the NBA Finals.
Those within the city of Cleveland and LeBron James’ fans across the state are no doubt hoping that should the two teams meet in the Finals. Then all of the questions put forth will be finally answered once and for all.
We’ve all witnessed the capabilities of both players this season with the exploits of both Bryant and James. If nothing else we can agree on one thing , these two players have brought a great deal of excitement to the NBA. And though we’ve seen some stellar displays by the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. The game’s regular season MVP award will come down to a choice that will have to be made between Bryant and James. The concensus is that James is the pre-determined favorite. Rightfully so perhaps at this juncture.
But I’d dare say that if it comes down to a choice then both players would willingly accept not winning the regular season MVP award and pursue their goal of winning an NBA championship and ring.