Not too long after the Boston Celtics convincingly escorted Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat to the 2010 NBA Playoffs exit door, a determined LeBron James similarly led his Cleveland Cavaliers in a series win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. With both First-Round Eastern Conference series for these teams finished, the Cavaliers-Celtics series becomes the first Second-Round match-up set for the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers only suffered one loss in their first-round series of the 2010 NBA Playoffs; thus, both teams head into this clash of the titans relatively fresh. While many NBA analysts, experts, and critics gave little credit or attention to the Boston Celtics heading into the 2010 NBA Playoffs, predominantly only talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic, one cannot deny that this Cavaliers-Celtics certainly has the potential to require seven games. I personally believe that LeBron James and his resolute cast of Cavs will prove too much for the Boston Celtics to handle; however, that isn’t to say that a large part of me still believes that the Celtics have what it takes to pull off the upset.
Can the Boston Celtics Stop LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Apparently, the 2010 NBA Playoffs might better be tagged the 2010 LeBron James-Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Playoffs. It is seemingly the general consensus that the Cavaliers and LeBron James are finally primed, particularly with a now-loaded roster, to bring an NBA Championship Trophy to Ohio. And again, though I cannot deny that it only makes sense for the Cavs to finally achieve this, is it too much to interject that the Boston Celtics should not be considered anything less than a formidable obstacle to LeBron James and his title hopes?
Yes, the Boston Celtics are primarily comprised of an aging roster, and they are about to face, in the Cleveland Cavaliers, the best team in the NBA and, in LeBron James, the best player in the league as well. Despite all this, the Big Three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) is far from the Celtics’ only punch, and yet they’ve been playing quite well. Point Guard Rajon Rondo, once the indisputably-most-questioned member of the Boston bunch, has emerged as one of the best at his position in the entire NBA. Small-man Nate Robinson, acquired from the New York Knicks, provides big sparks off the bench. Role players like Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace, and even Michael Finley also contribute to the team cause.
My Cavaliers-Celtics 2010 NBA Playoffs Prediction
Even after writing all that, you’ll have to forgive me, Boston fans, for my inability to go against the Cleveland Cavaliers. I can’t help but marvel at LeBron James and the cast assembled by the Cavaliers’ organization. Honestly, a roster with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, and Mo Williams could have made the 2010 NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference without LeBron James. Seriously, this Cleveland Cavaliers roster may be the deepest in the league; they have J.J. Hickson, Delonte West, Jamario Moon, and Leon Powe, among many others, coming off the bench. With LeBron James, the Cavs appear unstoppable. The dialectic and tension within myself tells me that the Celtics can surprise the world and take this 2010 NBA Playoffs series, but I’m going to have to predict the Cavs over the Celtics in 7 games.