The Celtics "era" is over. It was probably over the minute the Cavs emerged with home-court advantage in the East. Without Kevin Garnett, it's a done-deal.
In today's SN column, I lay out my NBA playoff picks -- we can argue about whether the Lakers or the Cavs should be the favorite. I think we all can agree the champ won't be Boston.
We can also agree that this is the least dramatic NBA Playoffs in recent memory -- for a league that is widely lauded as going through some kind of Renaissance, the Playoffs are sizing up as worse than lame... they are predictable.
Like the Lakers are losing in the West? (The only drama: Can a up-and-comer like the Blazers showcase promise by getting out of Round 1 and taking the Lakers more than 4 games?)
Like the Cavs are losing in the East? (The only drama: When -- not if -- the Celtics will be bounced out. And how close can the Magic -- my preseason pick to win the East! -- come?)
I'm not even convinced LeBron will give Kobe a match in the Finals. (I have the Lakers winning in 5.)
The Playoff mantra should be "Where Predictability Happens."
More you'll find in today's column:
*The Marlins are the new Rays!
*The Yankees' crappy season continues!
*Mark Sanchez: 2010 No. 1 pick at 2009 prices!
*Spring Games: Florida vs. Alabama!
Complete column here. More later.