The NBA season has officially begun and there are three major teams that come to mind when the time comes to pick who will be #1: The Cleveland Caveliers, the Boston Celtics, and the L.A. Lakers. The Celtics have a history of being the best team in the NBA, the Cavaliers were the Eastern Conference regular season champions last year, and the Lakers, who also have a history of being the best in the NBA, are the defending champions from. They also went to the NBA finals two years ago, where they fell 4-2 to the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics, who began their season this year with a 95-89 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland, finished their season last year with a record of 62-20. They had the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland. They won their first playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, 4-3, and then fell 4-3 to the Orlando Magic. The Celtics were the NBA champions two years ago when they finished with the best record in the NBA and eliminated the Lakers in game 6 of the NBA finals with a commanding 131-92 victory. Last year, the Celtics began their season strong, with a record of 27-2. Later in the year, Boston lost Kevin Garnett, and the remainder of their season was a struggle. With Garnett back this year, and having already defeated Cleveland on their home court, Boston is sure to be one of the best teams in the NBA.
When one thinks of Cleveland Caveliers, one person comes to mind: LeBron James. Well this year, he’s not the only player on Cleveland the Cavaliers’ opponents have to worry about. This year the Cavaliers have signed Shaquille O’Neal to their roster, a 37 year old star who’s still playing strong. Cleveland finished their regular season 66-16 last year, the best record in the NBA. They swept their first two playoff series, wiping out the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, and defeated both teams each time by more than 10 points, which is something that is extremely rare for a team in the NBA to accomplish. The Cavaliers fell 4-2 to the Orlando Magic last year in the Eastern Conference finals, which was a shock to everyone. This year, they already have their first loss to the Celtics. That loss is also the first time in a long time that Cleveland and Boston played and the home team didn’t win. So the Cavaliers will undoubtedly turn out to be one of the best teams in the NBA this year, but in order to do so, they’ll need to shape up the next time they play an opponent like Boston.
When a person thinks L.A. Lakers, the hot player that comes to mind is Kobe Bryant. The only player who beat Bryant out for MVP last year was LeBron James. Bryant and the Lakers are this year’s defending NBA champs, and they’ve already opened their season with a 99-92 victory over the Clippers. Last year they finished their regular season 65-17, which was the second best record, behind the Cavaliers. The Lakers are a pretty good team. They always have been and no other teams in the Western Conference can really match up to them. They’ll most likely be the Western team to bet on when NBA playoff time comes around.
Boston, Cleveland and L.A. will each have their struggles this year, and there are other teams who could come on strong and turn out to be #1. You never know in the NBA. However, most likely when the playoffs roll around, you can expect to see all three of these teams in contention. When it comes time for the finals next June, one of these three teams will almost be a sure bet. So let the race for the #1 team in basketball begin. Remember now that the NBA season has started and it won’t be long before college picks up as well. The scent of basketball season is already starting to fill the air.
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