The Kings brought in Darren Collison to run the point and Nik Staukas to contribute from the perimeter. Ben McLemore needs to take that next step and DeMarcus Cousins needs to dominate and behave. Kobe returns to a team with Carlos Boozer in the low post and Jeremy Lin running the point. Nick Young needs to be a spark plug off the bench for new coach Byron Scott. Isaiah Thomas will back up Goran Dragic and the front court will consist of youngsters Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris. Alex Len needs to improve and Eric Bledsoe needs to dominate the Suns scoring. Steve Kerr will try to improve a high speed, high scoring offense. The Warriors will need the front court of David Lee and Andrew Bogut to stay healthy. Steve Balmer takes over ownership from Donald Sterling in Los Angeles. The Clippers need Chris Paul to run the show, Blake Griffin to dominate the boards and Jamal Crawford to light it up off the bench. The winner of the Warriors-Clippers battles will take home the Pacific.
The winner of the Clipper, Warrior battles will take home the Pacific.
The Heat took game one of this series 93-79, behind 32 points from the MVP LeBron James. The Celtics will have trouble in this series due to the fact that their older legs are tired after being challenged by the younger Hawks and Sixers in long series. Boston will have the inside advantage in this series if Chris Bosh misses most of this series, because Kevin Garnett has found the fountain of youth this postseason. Mario Chalmers will have his hands full with Rondo and his ability to control the game and Ray Allen or Mickael Pietrus will have to try to slow Dwyayne Wade all series, which is practically impossible. The speed and youth of the Heat will be too much for the old, tired legs of the Celtics.
Heat in 6
Warren: Heat in 5
Matt: Heat in 5
LeBron made a statement scoring 32 points in a Game 1 Heat win on Monday.
After losing to the Indiana Pacers in 5 games, the Orlando Magic decided it was time to clean house. The result was firing Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith. Van Gundy in five seasons in Orlando had a 259-135 record and was 31-28 in the playoffs. He won 3 Southeast Division titles and the 2009 Eastern Conference Championship. The Magic have had the fourth best winning percentage in the NBA under Van Gundy’s watch.
Van Gundy was hired in Orlando in 2007.