Have you seen the home page of the Magic/Cavs series on ESPN.com? Check it out. See anything that immediately catches your eye? I did back when I first looked at it after the Magic did what they all claimed was impossible and took Game 7 away from Boston, in Boston. What I’m talking about is who the experts picked to win the series…all of them! I really have no problem with people predicting that the Cavs win the series but is there really not one “expert” with a hint of well…expertise?
Of the 10 experts that picked the Cavs to win (just on this ESPN page, I’m sure there were plenty more), only one had the series going as far as 7 games. The rest had the Cavs winning in 5 or 6. I hate to be Captain Obvious here but, only one still has a remote chance of being right.
So what do you think they’re saying now? Not in their columns but, behind closed doors. To their friends? Close colleagues? We all know what most are saying in their columns. Most thought the Cavs would win in about 5 and by most I mean most people, including fans. In fact, I won a free round of golf by taking that bet. A bet that was made halfway through Game 2 of that series. (I know, dude is a moron right? Nah…he just let his emotions, or homerism, get the best of him.) My ADD is kicking in…
Not many are just admitting that the Magic are a better team. Are the Magic a better team? Let me shake my “Eastern Conference Finals 8 Ball”. “My series says yes!”. Man up folks. Numbers don’t lie. Is LeBron James the best player in the NBA? I think so but, it’s debatable. As we all know though, teams win Championships. LeBron has a decent supporting cast. It’s not like they’re terrible…or great. Good enough to own the best record in the regular season.
I’ll explain what happened in this series, so far. Coming in, the Cavs had swept their first two opponents convincingly, winning each of the 8 games by 10+ points. Now when you enter the Conference Finals, you should expect much tougher competition. Maybe they did, but they certainly didn’t show it. They came in riding that high that the media so predictably hyped up. Maybe it hyped the players up too..too much. They underestimated the Magic. All of the sudden the Cavs are in a Game 1 of the 2009 Playoffs that isn’t so easy. The Magic aren’t falling down as easily as the Pistons and Hawks did. The Magic forced them into a situation they had yet to be in, in this year’s Playoffs. Competition. The Cavs weren’t sure how to handle it. The Magic were though. Coming off a 6 game opening round to the 6ers and a 7 game thriller against the C’s, the Magic were prepared for the competition. The Cavs…just weren’t. That’s all there is to it. The magic have outplayed the Cavs! Pointblank, period! Give them the credit they’ve earned, “experts”.