Starting Lineups: Can Boston Or Oklahoma City Win A Road Game?


They say a series isn’t a series until the road team wins a game.

So far in the NBA’s Conference Finals, everything has gone according to plan. Miami and San Antonio defended their home courts as the higher seeds and won at home. Boston and Oklahoma City overcame 2-0 deficits in their respective series to tie it back up at 2-2. Two teams are still in control; two other teams have all the momentum.

We’re being blessed with an end of an NBA season that we thought, at one time, would never happen. Through a rigorous 66-game schedule with virtually no training camp or exhibition games, these four teams are all on the brink of creating a new legacy all their own. Think about it for a second:

  • If San Antonio wins, Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich will have won five rings together, matching the Lakers (with Kobe and Phil Jackson) for championships and stirring the fervent debate of which dynasty ruled this generation.
  • If Boston wins, the core four (not big three anymore) will have capitalized on lost rings in 2009-11 due to various injuries (or referee shenanigans). A second championship would solidify their place in history for this group, both for a generation, and from a historical standpoint in a franchise’s history.
  • If Miami wins, then we could be witnesses to the snowball effect that LeBron predicted, post-decision. The NWO Heat will begin their journey to, “not one, not two…not three, not four…”
  • If Oklahoma City wins, then the young guns will effectively usher out the past generation of superstars and take over the mountain with their core four players being under the age of 23.

But….lets just see who wins Game Five first. Here’s your pertinent reading material for Monday. Enjoy the week.

Bomani & Jones: UCLA Needs Justin Combs (and Diddy) to Make Them Hot

Lifehacker: The 10-20-30 Running Concept Can Increase Performance in Less Time

The Classical: Yakkin’ About Upton: Think Like a Bro

FOX Deportes: Air Congo Flys Sky High: Perfection From Ibaka Helps OKC

Warriors World: From an OAK Resident: Yes, the Warriors should go to SF

NBC Chicago: A Sneak Peek At Derrick Rose’s New Sneaker

Average Bro: Diddy’s Kiddies, Reuters, And How Sensational News Stories Get Made

Ball Is Life: Larry Bird’s Last Game at Boston Garden

Forum Blue & Gold: Looking At The Bynum & Gasol Duo

Marcus Troy: Converse Nylon Baseball Jacket

David Aldridge: Popovich the right pick to take over bench for Team USA

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