Saturday, May 30, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #16: Root for Home Court Advantage or Anticipated Epic Duel?

I am happy that the Los Angeles Lakers finished the Western Conference Championship series with a blow-out victory against the Denver Nuggets. The 119-92 finish of Game 6 was essentially the Lakers' answer to their humiliating defeat in Game 4.

The question I ask myself (as well as those who may also have a relevant opinion) is which team to root for tonight: The Orlando Magic or the Cleveland Cavaliers? If the Magic win, then the Eastern Conference series is over and next Thursday awaits for both teams. Also, the Lakers would get home court advantage with a Finals against Orlando. Of course, a series against Orlando would be as difficult (if not more so) as the series against Denver and Houston.

If the Cavs hold on tonight, and subsequently win Game 7 on Monday, then the much-anticipated, much-hyped "Dream Finals" will happen. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will have several, hopefully exciting one-on-one duels. Of course, Cleveland will have home court advantage in this Finals scenario, and will presumably have more momentum after a hypothetical Game 7 win on Monday going into Game 1 on Thursday. The Lakers will have been more rested and possibly more rusty as the visiting team in Games 1 and 2.

Which team do I want to win tomorrow night? I don't know. I'm glad that the Lakers are in the Finals, so whoever wins the Eastern Conference, wins.

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