Brock’s Random Thoughts: The Finals, NBA and NHL-style
I know both the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals are a game old. So I'm a little late, but here are my thoughts on both series. First the NBA Finals.
If Thursday night's game is any indication, the Miami Heat have to have LeBron James at or near 100%. Because if he's not, the Heat have no chance against Tim Duncan (pictured above) and the San Antonio Spurs. The King's support staff isn't good enough to beat the Spurs' Big 3 (Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker) and their role players. 14-16 in the 4th quarter of Game 1 speaks for itself. I picked the Spurs in 6 games before the Finals started. If LeBron's leg cramps continue to hinder him, this series will be over with before that. Game 2 on Sunday night is huge for the Heat, almost a must-win. Now on to the Stanley Cup Final:
I believe the New York Rangers blew their best chance to make this a series on Wednesday night when they failed to win Game 1 when they were up 2-0 in the 1st Period. The Los Angeles Kings are too good and too deep for the Blueshirts to handle. Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Marion Gaborik, Mike Richards, Jake Muzzin, Tyler Toffoli, the awesome Drew Doughty, Grand Ledge's Matt Greene and goalie Jonathan Quick are all terrific. Darryl Sutter is a pretty good coach, too. King Henrik Lundquist has to stand on his head in goal for the Rangers to have a chance. He has the ability to do it, too. If New York wins Game 2 on Saturday night in LA, we have a series. If not, the Kings win this in five games. They have the championship-pedigree (champs in 2012), experience, talent, and a bit of an edge, too. I took the Kings in 6 before the series started. If LA wins again at home on Saturday night, it's over in five.