Maybe the biggest question in sports right now is: just how good are the Hornets?
I severely underestimated their bench, and their ability to get contributions from guys not named Paul and West. Peja isn’t exactly Mr. Clutch, Tyson Chandler was never a playoff force. But it turns out this is a very good TEAM.
It’s often said that in the NBA, regardless of how good your team is, having the best player in the series goes very far. Well, I honestly don’t think Chris Paul gives up a whole lot to Kobe and Lebron. Plus, guys like Pargo and Julian Wright and Mo P. (who’s been underrated ever since leavng MSU) are playing great basketball. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I honestly think they could win the whole thing. Not to mention, this might be their best shot for a while, because Kobe’s Lakers are going to get much better next season when Bynum is healthy and becoming more Jabbar-like.
If the Stones can’t win this year, I’d love to see Nawlins do it.
Changing gears, and I probably shouldn’t say this before our semifinals matchup even begins, but I really want to see a Wings-Pens Stanley Cup Finals. Zach is too scared of Crosby and company, but I think that’d be about the sexiest possible scenario for the NHL. And the NHL needs it. Let’s make this happen!