Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Every single season as the NBA regular season starts to come to an end the seeding in the playoffs in both conferences started to talk about a lot.
This season the Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers have both conquered their conference is once again and unless a miracle happens, they will be the number one seeds in the West and the East at the end of the NBA regular season.
Even though this is exactly what happened last year in what the Lakers and the Cavs want, the question of home court advantage has come up once again as these two teams will battle it out to see who will head into the playoffs the best overall record in the NBA.
As of right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the way as they’re about four games ahead of Kobe Bryant and company, but they’re still about 14 games left in the NBA regular season and it can happen from here on out is the Lakers are red hot right now and have won six straight games.
Ironically enough, the clean Cavaliers are also red hot right now as they have won seven straight games of their own and have no intentions of take it easy to finish up season as home court advantage will play a big part in the playoffs as it always does.
The defending champs and Lori clinch playoff spot, which is no big surprise as they are the number one team in the West, but they still have yet to clinch the Pacific division. The Cleveland Cavaliers on the other hand have clinched the Central division for the second straight season and despite not having Shaq in the lineup due to injury, they are playing exceptionally well right now.
Not only have the Cleveland Cavaliers won their division, have the best record in the NBA right now, they have also dominated the Los Angeles Lakers when they have played in the season. Granted, the only played twice, but they have beaten them convincingly in both matchups, especially on Christmas Day when he embarrassed the defending champs on their home floor at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Personally, I believe the Cleveland Cavaliers are somewhat of a fluke as they always seem to drop the ball at some point in the playoffs. When the made it all the way to the NBA finals a few years ago, they dropped the ball against the San Antonio Spurs who absolutely dominated them in the NBA Finals, beating LeBron James and company in four straight games.
Last season seemed to be more of the same as the Cleveland Cavaliers had dominated all season long, even more so than this season, and ended up losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals in five games.
No matter what they do, add free agents, trade for big name players, the Cavs can’t get it done when they need to. Not a clutch team when it counts the most.
The Los Angeles Lakers on the other hand are completely different as they have seemed to come through the most crucial moments, especially this season is Kobe Bryant has set the standard as a closer in the NBA by hitting six game-winning shots this season and 7 seconds or less.
They may have lost to the Boston Celtics in 2008 in the NBA Finals, but they were able to get right back to the NBA Finals last season and dominate the team that dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Orlando Magic who they beat in five games.
Needless to say, I believe the same will happen this season whether or not they are playing the Cavs, Magic or whoever. The Lakers are the team to beat this season!