The Cavs' Competition in the West

It seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers are destined to win an NBA Finals Championship.  With the combination of the team amassing a 39-2 home record and Lebron James winning the MVP, nothing may be able to stand in the way of the Cavaliers.  Not even Boston. Peter Schock, Claremont Class of 2012 and a Boston Sports aficionado stated, “We [The Boston Celtics] would be lucky to win two against Lebron and the Cavs, it just doesn’t seem like anything can stop them.” Except maybe the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers displayed their potential in game 5 against the Rockets. Granted the Houston Rockets were without their 7’6 Center Yao Ming--and when they had him, they went 5-0 overall against the Lakers--in game 5, the Lakers exemplified passion, teamwork, and exceptional zone defense. The Rockets struggled to bring the ball up the court, menanced by the Lakers defense, which snatched up 12 steals.  Their stonewall D was also complimented by their exceptional offense.  Six of their players scored in double figures including a combined 72 points from the Lakers starters.

If the Lakers play like they did in game 5 against the Rockets, they could provide a substantial challenge against King James and the Cavaliers. In the 08-09 regular season, the Lakers went 2-0 against the Cavaliers with sizable margins of 101-91 and 105-88.  If the Lakers stay injury free and continue to work as a cohesive team, Lebron better start getting chalked up and ready to play.

Schooler’s BOLD PREDICTIONS

From Last Time: I predicted Manny Paquiao to knock out Ricky Hatton in the 9th, instead he knocked him out in the 2nd.

I predicted the Orlando Magic to do some damage in the NBA Playoffs, they are currently down 3-2 in their series to the Boston Celtics, expect the Magic to send it to a game 7 but I doubt if Orlando can win the series.

I predicted Greg Oden to challenge Jose Canseco to an MMA bout out of desperation.  No contract talks are currently in the works.

Predictions:

Expect a Lakers vs Cavs NBA Finals, an epic showdown between Lebron and Kobe.

Mark Cuban will go missing, Kenyon Martin will be suspected.

To complete the construction of the best Madden team possible, Al Davis signs Michael Vick to a contract with the Oakland Raiders.