Originally posted by blizzuntz:
The Celtics are the best coached team (not named the Spurs) and aren't going to roll over if they play the Heat.
I'm not saying the Heat won't make it, but the Celtis will make the Heat play tough and will make it a battle.
The Pacers are still not respected, could make it an interesting series real quick with a road win.
I like the Pacers and I think it's a good matchup on paper, but I think there's a good chance that Miami sweeps them anyway. IMO, teams don't normally advance beyond the point that they feel they've had a successful season. If the Pacers lose this series, everyone will still be saying they had a helluva year. If Miami loses, it's an epic disaster. When the gap in expectations is THIS wide, the series is usually dominated by the more desperate team, IMO.
But on paper, it's an intriguing series. Hibbert & West can score on Bosh & Haslem/Anthony. LeBron & Wade don't have an enormous athletic advantage over George & Granger the way that they normally do over 2's & 3's. LeBron & Battier will lock Granger down though (who's had a bad season anyway), so for the Pacers to have any chance, they need the combination of George Hill & Darren Collison to get hot from the perimeter, IMO.