When the Eastern Conference playoffs began, all the talk centered around Orlando and Cleveland. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the favorite to represent the East, and Dwight Howard and Orlando were seen as the major obstacles.
The Boston Celtics were simply viewed as an obstacles.
Boston, however, beat both teams in six games to advance to the NBA Finals.
When the Western Conference playoffs began, there were serious questions about the Lakers. Bynum was hurt, Fisher was old, cohesiveness was lacking and Kobe seemed to be laboring. They faced stiff tests from Oklahoma City and Phoenix, but they came together as a team at the right time, and they too were able to advance to the NBA Finals.
During this special NBA finals edition of the Hoops Addict podcast, Rashad and Ryan break down the coaching job of Doc Rivers leading up to the finals, they discuss the key matchups in this Celtics-Lakers final, how injuries may affect the outcome, and they make predictions on who will ultimately be victorious.