African Blogtable: Who makes it out of the NBA conference

Who are your favorites to come out of the Eastern and Western conferences to advance to the 2020 NBA Finals?

Amine El Amri, Le Matin (Morocco): My pick goes to the Denver Nuggets. This team has got all the components of an upset. A true leader, a prolific scorer and that hunger that keeps on pushing them. They should be praised for doing what they have done on their way to the Western Conference finals. That a team as highly rated as the Lakers needed a top-notch LeBron-Davis association to get over the first two games says a lot about how dangerous and determined the Nuggets are.

As much as I like this Boston team, I don’t see them going past Miami in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics have made too many errors to inspire me about their chances. Without even mentioning all the good assets Miami has, such as Bam Adebayo’s great composure in the paint, Boston has not yet reached the NBA finals milestone. Having said that, a team that reached the Eastern Conference finals with a roster mostly under the age of 30 is such a promising side.

Nicasius Agwanda, Clouds Media (Tanzania): My basketball mind tells me to say the Lakers will win and take care of business in the Western Conference, but my heart feels the Nuggets will fight to the end and take care of business, plus surprise everyone else. Every basketball fan in the world now awaits some surprises as we missed out on the Los Angeles battle in the finals and I am inclined to wait for the Nuggets to win it all. I am picking what my heart feels today.

I previously thought the Celtics were made to beat the Miami Heat, but, my God, I was wrong. Not to say that I undermined the Heat, but I believed Tatum, Kemba, Smart and Jaylen have what it takes to prove themselves right. Seeing players like Duncan Robinson, rookie Tyler Herro stepping up, and the veteran leadership of the likes of Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Goran Dragić speak a lot about Eric Spoelstra and Pat Riley. With the news coming out that the Celtics had a heated argument after the second game, I firmly believe this is all on the Heat’s plate now and it’s theirs to lose. 


Refiloe Seiboko, Mail & Guardian (South Africa): Honestly, I’m just enjoying these matchups. The competition is … Just. So. Good. A Lakers win would be poetic, but the Nuggets are such a fun team to watch. They’re my favourites in the West. On the East side, I’m undecided. I love how fiery the Heat are, but the Celtics are so solid at their best. I’m happy either way. May the best team win.


Woury Diallo, Le Quotidien(Senegal): There have been some great games in both conference finals. If the Lakers and the Heat had thought they got it after two wins out of the gate, game three came to change that outlook. The outcome could have gone the Nuggets way in game two if Anthony Davis hadn’t made that beautiful three-point basket with the buzzer. In the East, we also have a great showdown. But I think the Lakers’ experience and the Heats’ collective should be enough to have them qualify for the 2020 NBA finals

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Refiloe Seiboko
Subeditor at Mail & Guardian

Related stories

African Blogtable: A bad day at the office for the Lakers, or a sign of things to come?

The African Blogtable brings together some of the top basketball minds from across the continent to share their thoughts on the Heat-Lakers matchup in the NBA finals. After the Heat’s win in the latest game, here are their predictions ahead of game four.

African Blogtable: How will the Heat respond in game two of the NBA finals?

The African Blogtable brings together some of the top basketball minds from across the continent to share their thoughts on the Heat-Lakers matchup at every stage of the best-of-seven series. Here are their predictions ahead of the second game

African Blogtable: Lakers or Heat, who will win the 2020 NBA finals?

The NBA finals African Blogtable brings together some of the top basketball minds from across the continent who share their thoughts on the Heat-Lakers matchup at every stage of the best-of-seven series. Here are their predictions ahead of game one

African Blogtable: Which team will dominate this year’s NBA Western Conference finals?

This year’s NBA Western Conference finals sees the Lakers face off against the Nuggets, a matchup that last recalled a decade ago. We asked our team of experts for their predictions

African Blogtable: Who’ll emerge victorious when the Raptors take on the Celtics?

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics meet in the Eestern Conference playoffs this week. Our African Blogtable contributors weigh in on which team they think will take it

More than a game: NBA players in wildcat strike to protest racial injustice

In 1961, Bill Russell led his fellow Boston Celtics in refusing to play in an NBA game in protest of systemic racism. It happened again on Wednesday.
Advertising

Subscribers only

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

ANC’s rogue deployees revealed

Despite 6 300 ANC cadres working in government, the party’s integrity committee has done little to deal with its accused members

More top stories

Fake trafficking news targets migrants

Exaggerated reports on social media of human trafficking syndicates snatching people in broad daylight legitimate xenophobia while deflecting from the real problems in society

It’s not a ‘second wave’: Covid resurges because safety measures...

A simple model shows how complacency in South Africa will cause the number of infections to go on an upward trend again

Trouble brewing for Kenya’s coffee growers

Kenyan farmers say theft of their crop is endemic – and they suspect collusion

Unisa shortlists two candidates for the vice-chancellor job

The outgoing vice-chancellor’s term has been extended to April to allow for a smooth hand-over
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday