The NBA Playoffs start this weekend. In the West, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to make their 3rd straight appearance in the NBA Finals. The Lakers are last year’s champion and hope to take the trophy back to Los Angeles. In the East, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers finished another great season as the No. 1 seed with the best record in the NBA. They came up short last year, losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs have changed the look of their team adding Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison to help them make a successful playoff run.
There are several other teams competing to prevent the expected Cavs-Lakers Final. The Orlando Magic want a chance to prove that their NBA Finals appearance last year was not a fluke. Will they make it back to the Finals like last year’s Lakers team and come away with a victory? The Denver Nuggets coasted through the playoffs last year but couldn't get past Los Angeles in the Western Conference Finals. They want another chance and will be playing hard for Coach George Karl who was diagnosed with neck and throat cancer late in the season. As always, the NBA Playoffs should be fun and exciting. Check out the Basketball subject guide for books, websites, and current articles about the NBA.