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Hello world! Sorry I’ve been absent for the past four months (crazy, I know). Lots of ups and down in my life, but there are no excuses. Writing is my passion and what I went to school for, so let’s get back to it. Gotta get my groove back and what better way to do it than with some NBA Playoff basketball!

How many “NBA Experts” had Boston making it this far in the Eastern Conference Finals? Only TWO! The older and more experienced Celtics has their own Big Three. A Big Three comprised of the best three-point shooter in the NBA (Ray Allen), the greatest trash talker (Kevin Garnett), and one of the most clutch players in the league (Paul Pierce). Unlike the pre-season favorite Big Three, the Celtics didn’t need to announce their desire or ability to win “not one, not two, not three…” championships, they play to prove how badly they want it. So why count them out? Because they’re old or because they’re playing the Miami Heat?

The San Antonio Spurs have been counted all but out almost every year since their last NBA title because of age. Tim Duncan is 36 years old but is still his teams’ leading scorer most nights. San Antonio’s own Big Three of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker went on a 20-game win streak this season before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Down 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals, can the Spurs regain composure and beat the Thunder team that put a stop to their win streak?

These two teams have shocked the sports world in the last few days. One for taking the series lead over the pre-season favorite to win it all and the other for falling behind to a young, inexperienced team.

So who has a better chance of taking it to a Game 7 and a trip to the NBA Finals (Heat or Spurs)? My money is on the San Antonio Spurs!

First of all, let’s start out with “Why not the Heat?” Let’s see….your MVP only shows up for three quarters and didn’t want any part of making shots in the fourth quarter in Game 5. An integral part of the starting five is missing: Chris Bosh. Like it or not, the Miami Heat are missing him and his limited minutes in Game 5 weren’t enough. Also, the fan base there is terrible. Sooooo very fair weather. You could hear a pin drop late in the fourth quarter of Game 5, but then again nothing compares to a game in the Garden. There’s also the issue of heart and who wants it most. Sometimes it’s obvious D-Wade and LeBron think a trip to the NBA Finals should be handed to them. It doesn’t help that the officials are awarding bogus flops. But, the Boston Celtics are pushing through with clutch plays, big hearts and intimidation. Plus, I’m pretty sure most of the country is pulling for the Celtics to upset the Miami Heat.

Now on to the team with a fighting chance!I find it hard to believe Pop and the San Antonio Spurs will lay down and die in Game 6. As I’m following ESPN GameTracker, I can see the Spurs have a 15-point lead at halftime. Didn’t see that one coming. *sarcasm* The same team who won 20 games in a row a few weeks ago is NOT going to lose four of the most important games of the year. The Spurs have more poise and experience than the young Thunder squad. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are a dangerous pairing, but I just don’t see them outlasting the combination of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. It’s going to come down to a nitty gritty Game 7, and for the second year in a row, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be knocked out just short of a trip to the NBA Finals.

But that’s just my opinion. What do you think? Will LeBron show up and lead his team to a Game 7? Will James Harden and his beard scare away the Spurs and take the series?