To answer questions on the previous thread:
My picks: I hate going with the Bulls in the finals, given their lack of experience in deep playoff runs, but with their defense and the issues with the other teams in the East I really think they can take it. My West pick really depends on Bynum’s health.
EAST: Round 1 - Bulls, Magic, Heat, Celts… Round 2 - Bulls vs. Heat (upset special! No Kendrick = no one protecting vs. Wade/James)… EC Champs = Bulls
WEST: Very hard to pick, but I’ll go Round 1 (assuming current seeding holds through last games) - Lakers, OKC, Spurs, Blazers (upset special!)… Round 2 - Lakers, Spurs… WC Champs = Lakers
Given a healthy Bynum by then, Lakers over Bulls in 7. Rose lights up Fisher like a christmas tree, but the rest of the Bulls have trouble scoring and the Lakers’ talent in the top 6 players is too much.
Also - rajraj - yes a lot of people make the “better record” argument for rose but I am not one of those people. Rose’s supporting cast is 1000x better than Dwights and I’m not gonna penalize Dwight for that (though the MVP award is so incredibly nebulously defined that if you want to make that argument I can’t really say you’re wrong)