In a few hours today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets will play Game 7 (3:30 p.m., ABC) in Hollywood.
In a few more hours after that finale, the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic will play Game 7 (8 p.m., TNT) in Beantown.
The odds aren’t in Houston’s favor for three reasons.
1. People want to see Kobe Bryant play for a world title, again, without Shaquille O’Neal and against LeBron James. 2. As entertaining as Ron Artest is, he’s not as captivating as Bryant and Rockets aren’t as entertaining as the Lakers. 3. The game is at Los Angeles where the Lakers should roll.
The odds aren’t in Orlando’s favor for three reasons.
1. The game is at Boston. 2. The Magic haven’t shown the ability to close out the Celtics throughout the series. 3. Do the Magic really trust their coach, Stan Van Gundy, to make the right decision in crunch time. You know, indecision typically leads to failure.
After all of this is over, the real question I have is can either of these four teams beat Cleveland in the playoffs. I’d say the Lakers because they’ll come out more focused against a team they know that can beat them.
As for Houston, Boston or Orlando, they’d have no shot to stop the Cavaliers.