Appealing NBA Finals could be looming

Michael Johnson

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds the championship trophy during the Lakers' victory parade in Los Angeles, California, Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (Mark Rightmire/Orange County Register/MCT)

Every year 16 teams start the playoffs with one goal in mind and that is to get their hands on the Larry O’ Brian NBA Finals trophy. The field this postseason is stacked with potential finals matchups that could be intriguing. Let’s start with some possible games and go to the most likely matches.

One matchup to see is the Phoenix Suns vs. the Orlando Magic. It will be a fast paced series with high-scoring games. Both teams are lighting quick and are two of the top 3-point shooting teams in the NBA.

Steve Nash from the Suns and the Magic center Dwight Howard are sure to be the main attraction. Nash being one of the best point guards in the NBA with an average of 11 assists a game, will be throwing passes left and right.

But this dream series probably will not happen because the Suns lack the defense to make it to the promise land.

Another matchup could be Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics. It will be a sight to see. Both teams are stacked with individual talent and the series could go seven games.

The Celtics have the big three; guard Ray Allen, forward Kevin Garnett and 2008 Finals MVP Paul Pierce. The trio isn’t getting younger but can still play with anybody in the NBA. They can stack up against the Mavericks and with their all-star team filled with players like small forwards Caron Butler, Shawn Marion and forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Also, they have one of the best point guards in the NBA in Jason Kidd, who has been in the league for 15 years and is still better than most players.

The matchup has all the star potential written all over it, but probably will not happen because the Mavericks find ways to lose every year in the playoffs.

Nevertheless, there are some games that are more realistic then others. Let’s start with Celtics vs. Lakers. The possible matchup between these two teams gives people chills. Both teams share more than half of the NBA championships.

All the historic names that have played in the series like Jerry West, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The game should not be hard sell and to the ratings would be sky high.

Also, the Lakers will be looking for revenge from 2008 Finals loss they took from the Celtics.

However, the most likely matchup has to be Cavaliers vs. Lakers. It is the match that everyone wants to see. The NBA wants to see it and fans all over world want to see Lebron James vs. Kobe Bryant.  The compititon between those two could give the NBA Finals ratings they have never seen before.

The side storylines would be amazing too. Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal going for their fifth ring each. Phil Jackson is also to reach the Finals for a record 13th time.

Furthermore, whatever the Finals matchup it is will be interesting because the teams are so evenly matched in the playoffs.