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For the first time in what seems like forever, I'll be going over the NBA world when it comes to the 2014-15 season. Who should the top eight teams be in the Eastern and Western Conferences be, come playoff time? Is Cleveland just one of the top four or so teams in the East? Or with LeBron James and the shooters he will essentially bring with him, should they be the favorites? As far as the West is concerned, are there any new teams that could sneak up on the likes of San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers?
As expected, Kevin Love will be joining forces with LeBron James in Cleveland this upcoming season. He's reportedly supposed to opt-out of his contract at the end of this upcoming season to sign a deal of five-years, $120 million+. With six seasons of what should be a core in Cleveland consisting of James, Kyrie Irving and Love, how many titles will they win? In 2014-15, should the Cavaliers be favored to win the Eastern Conference? If not Cleveland, is Chicago essentially a shoo-in?
Would you sacrifice the possibility of hosting a Game 7 at home in the Eastern Conference finals if it meant a smoother path toward getting to those Eastern Conference finals?
That is a question the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have to be asking themselves with seven days left in the regular season.
Chances are, the second place team will avoid the Brooklyn Nets or the Chicago Bulls in the second round, because the Toronto Raptors currently sit third in the Eastern Conference and should be able to win the remainder of their games -- locking themselves into the 3 seed.
That would mean Chicago and Brooklyn would play in the 4 vs. 5 matchup, with the winner advancing to face the No. 1 seed. For Miami, that doesn't look so enticing.
The Heat were swept 4-0 in their season series with the Nets, and they went 2-2 against the Bulls. So while LeBron and James and Co. do not fear either of those two teams, they are aware of the reality that both of them play Miami tough.
By finishing second, the Heat would have a first-round matchup with the Bobcats or Wizards, then would advance to play one of those two teams, or the Toronto Raptors. And while the Raptors are a tough team, they have nothing remotely resembling the playoff pedigree of Brooklyn and Chicago.
This was one of the many topics of discussion in this interview with The Big O show on AM640 in Miami.
1A- NY Yankee starting Pitcher CC Sebathia's knee woes??
1B- Why are the NY Mets struggling??
2A- Juan Manuel Marquez beats Mike Alvarado in unanimous decision.
3A- Aaron Hernandez indicted for 2 more murders??
4A- Donald Sterling refuses to pay the fine imposed by the NBA and another taped recording surfaces with Sterling talking to his friend Maserati.
4B- Stan Van Gundy named President and Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons.
4C- Who should the Brooklyn Nets keep and who needs to go and why??
4D- Steve Kerr spurns the NY Knicks and takes the Head Coaching job with the Golden St. Warriors. Where do the NY Knicks go from here?? Rumors of Kevin Love on the Knicks radar??
4E- Eastern and Western Conference Finals Previews.
The New York Sharks travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pittsburgh Passion for the IWFL Eastern Conference Championship. Kick-off 7:00pm-est.
Pat Brown and Dave Maxwell - Voice of the New York Sharks (WFNradio)
Follow the teams on twitter @NYSharks @pghpassionFB
The Hoops Guru and MKA talk who will rule the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James is back in Cleveland. Enjoy the ride.
It is very easy to overlook the Washington Wizards. They are in contention for the title about as often as the Earth is under threat of alien invasion, they haven't had an outsized personality in the locker room since Gilbert Arenas was telling Javaris Crittendon to "Pick One," and they will undoubtedly be kept off national television next season because they just aren't sexy.
But you know what? They could very well contend for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Many people make the snap judgement that they are too young. But aside from John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, they have a ton of experience. They lost Trevor Ariza over the summer, but they gained Paul Pierce, DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries.
Which of those three will have the biggest impact? You might be surprised by my response in this interview with Danny and Grant on 106.7 radio in Washington, the Wizards' flagship station.
catch the next edition of the Cyril Quinn Review at 5/20/14 at 7:30am edt www.blogtalkradio.com/cyril-quinn cyrilgeraldquinn.com, as I look at game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Miami and Indiana as LeBron and co look to even up the series at a game apiece. call in at 347-215-6180. This is year 6 of the Cyril Quinn Review follow me on twitter @williamgerald or go to cyrilgeraldquinn.com, www.blogtalkradio.com/cyril-quinn.
Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau are joined by special guest Dwight Walton of TSN Radio to breakdown the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs:
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors.
Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards.
Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks.
Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats.
Part 2 covering the Western Conference can be seen at:
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