Countdown to the inevitable NBA final four – Heat, Pacers, Thunder, and Spurs

nba title contendersThe NBA Trade Deadline came and went with teams exchanging insignificant pieces that will ultimately make little difference come playoff time.

Too the many fans  who are resistant of the inevitable truth you are in luck, you have 42 more games to accept the reality that many have been unable to stomach. Due to father time and Carmelo Anthony‘s 1-on-5 philosophy the New York Knicks will not reach the promise land. Despite having an excess of All-Stars the Los Angeles Lakers will continue to garner more headlines than wins thanks Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard‘s love affair. The Memphis Grizzlies lack of scoring and the Los Angeles Clippers bad luck with injuries and inconsistent play will be their Achilles heel that will ultimately result in an early playoff exit.

In the Eastern Conference the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers have separated themselves from the pack by dominating their peers in impressive fashion and are on adanny granger and lebron james colliion course. The Heats big three: Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James are all playing the best basketball of their careers and are currently on a 10 game win streak. Not to be outdone the Pacers are on a 7 game winning streak of their own, and welcome former leading scorer Danny Granger back into the fold. The battle between these two proud organizations promises to be a good one and their next regular season match up on March 6th will be must see tv.

kawhi leonard and tony parkerFor the many who have prematurely crowned the Heat as champions would be wise to consider that team from the Alamo, the San Antonio Spurs who have the best record in the NBA. Tony Parker is playing out of his mind and Coach Greg Popovich has done a masterful job managing the minutes of his veterans while also grooming the future of the franchise, Kawhi Leonard. 

The jury is still out on the Oklahoma City Thunder who have shown glimpses of dominance due to the play of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. However, the play of Serge Ibaka leaves a lot more to be desired, and if the Thunder intend to make it to the NBA Finals the front line will have to make opponents think twice before they decide to venture into the lane.

Unlike college basketball where match ups are littered with surprises in the NBA upsets ussell westbrook oklahoma city thunderand Cinderella stories are few and far between. Although the road to the conference championships will not be an easy one but let’s all be clear that the Spurs, Thunder, Pacers, and Heat are virtual locks to reach the conference finals. For those of you in denial you have 42 games to accept the obvious. Stay tuned… I know I will – A. Denmark

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One thought on “Countdown to the inevitable NBA final four – Heat, Pacers, Thunder, and Spurs

  1. Not to take anything away from the Indiana pacers because there is no doubt that they are a good scoring defensive team that will bring the pain with or without granger but my knickerbockers ain’t gonna let them stand next to the heat in the eastern conference finals. Grant it the Knicks have had some sloppy play within the last month n I’m not one for building excuses but when u have key players out like shump stat Felton Wallace I mean come on this is great talent missing. Now that over half of them are back in the line up it’s necessary to give them time to flow. Question is is there enough time to make that happen??? YES! The way it has to be done is utilizing their time effectively while they are on a limit. If I could talk to Woodson I would def let him know to put Copeland in against these under .500 teams. When we lose to them it’s crazy because for a coach who rotates different players in and out at the same time u would think this young kid would get in the mix. This last game against the sixers I seen him keep melo on the bench when the stat-PAC was doing what they can do. melo is the star but when he gets into “chuck mode” u got to let him put his warm ups on. The knickerbockers had a rough patch but it ain’t over for them. The heat and pacers are playing their best ball but it won’t hold up all the way thru to the playoffs they to will come down off a high…and if not I’m not ashame to tip my hat off to them for beyond excellent play. The knickerbockers will make the necessary adjustments to be within the top two. They must utilize the pick n roll more n defend the perimeter. They have to go into each game like it was the first of the season with that energy n proactive play like my main man Walt would say! I’m a proud brooklynite who believes once a knick always a knick! Chandler will get some backup soon to close up that middle! #knickerbockerforlide

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