I don’t often post about sports on my blog, but I do consider myself a big sports fan. Being an Atlanta fan all my life, and with the Hawks (Atlanta’s NBA team for those who don’t follow)about to be knocked out of the playoffs some time in the next week and a half (give or take), I figured I would post my game-by-game predictions for the Hawks series vs the LeBrons (the Cleveland NBA team)…
Game 1: This game won’t even be close. LeBron (the main LeBron, not the supporting LeBrons) is rested, and probably itching to get back on the court after having almost a week off. LeBron will drop 35-15-9 with a couple steals on rout to a Cle victory. With most of the starters benched in the 4th quarter, the Hawks will make it closer to respectable, but the game will never be in doubt…
Final score: Atl loses 76-95
Game 2: The Hawks keep the game close, closing to within 6 points (and possession of the ball) in the final 2:30 of the game. After losing possession (I’m getting a missed 3 pointer, rebounded by the LeBrons), LeBron takes over, putting the game out of reach. Atl tries in vain to kee4p it close by fouling near the end, and may even clsoe the gap a bit, but the threat it over by the final 60 seconds.
Final score: Atl loses 85-94
Game 3: Rejuvinated by the home crowd, the Hawks take their first win of the series. The game won’t really be as close as the final score, with LeBron on the bench as the clock winds down.
Final score: Atl wins 94-88
Game 4: This is the one game I am conflicted about. I believe the Hawks are a good enough team to take 2 games out fo 7 vs Clevland. I just don’t think they can win on the road vs this team, and I don’t have a lot of faith that LeBron will allow his team to lose two in a row to any team other than the Kobes… So with that said, Atlanta’s best chance to win a second game is going to fall short, with a missed 3 pointer at the buzzer.
Final score: Atl loses 86-88
Game 5: LeBrons in a rout. Cleveland will have a 30 point lead at some point during the final quarter, and sit the king for most (if not all) of the final quarter, to rest up for the winner of the Orlando/Boston series, and help keep him fresh for the Kobes in the finals… Keep in mind, LeBron played in the playoffs last year, participated in the Olympics in August, a full season this year with little rest (where he has worked harder on defense than any other time in his career), and will likely be going deep into this post-season this year. Even for a freak of nature like LeBron, he’s bound to lose steam eventually, and his coaches will want to keep him rested if he is not needed on the court.
Final score: Atl loses 68-94