The Eastern Conference finals are here! The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks will square off and see who will go to the championship. The two teams are the top two seeds in the east and both won in the second round in six games.
The Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics in the first round and advanced to play the Bulls in the second. In the round against Boston, power forward Kevin Love dislocated his shoulder and was pronounced done for the season. Also, shooting guard J.R. Smith was suspended for the first two games against the Bulls in the second round, but Cleveland only dropped one of those to Chicago. The Cavaliers eventually beat my boy D-Rose and my Bulls in six games to advance to the conference finals. Considering they took out the team that I thought had the best chance of knocking off Golden State, the Cavs are exceeding expectations(not the ones set before the season, yet). And, we can't forget, they have the best player on the planet in LeBron James, who has been in the finals the past four years.
The Hawks are the surprise of the season. They were the eighth seed last season and without really making any big moves, they rocketed up to the one seed. They started out the season hot, winning 17 in a row in January to get to 40-8 at one point, but have since cooled down a little. They thrive off of chemistry. Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, and Al Horford are their big three, and even though none are superstars, they all play good together. I don't believe Atlanta is as good as people make them out to be. I'm actually surprised that they made it this far.
I have the Cavs taking the series in five. The Hawks just can't compete with LeBron and Kyrie. If they win this series as they should, the Cavs would be playing either the Warriors or Rockets in the finals. Go read my previous blog to find out who should win that series at www.999thewild.net/sports-blog/who-will-win-the-western-conference-finals .
-Blake McBride, MHS