The school year is winding down, and this is my final Games of the Week column of the semester. So instead of doing a normal Games of the Week article, I thought I would make my predictions for both the Stanley Cup Finals and the NBA Finals, which will be upon us in just a few weeks. The playoffs are well underway now, and there are eight teams remaining in each of the tournaments. Yet there can only be one winner, so I will do my best to pick out who will make it to the finals and who will be the champions for each sport.
Then the playoffs started, and they were promptly swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Got outscored 19-8 over the course of four games to a feisty Blue Jackets crew. Such is hockey. There is tremendous variance in playoff hockey. It is unpredictable and so-called inferior teams win all the time. Fine with me.
The Hornets’ playoff chances are still alive, and the former UConn All-American is one of the main reasons why. After a three-game losing streak on the West Coast, it looked like the Hornets would be missing the playoffs for the third straight season, but fortunately for them, the Detroit Pistons haven’t been playing their best basketball lately.
It would have been reasonable for this Celtics team to accept a miserable existence faced with their losses. Instead they have taken the opportunity to rise and elevate their profiles (people in Boston have been aware of “Scary Terry” all season). They are playing well, and while they should still fall short of their original ceiling, they are going to go out trying their best.