I still believe that defense wins championships. In baseball (pitching is included in that), football and basketball. It has for decades and will remain so, with some exceptions, but not many.
Chicago would have won the East had they not lost a key player in the first round, Rose. Their defense would have beaten Miami, a team that plays no defense because their players had rather shoot from mid-court.
But now, Miami is my pick for the East.
I am not so sure about Okie City. Keven Durant is the best offensive player in the league. If one covers him outside, he is so quick he simply goes around them. If one leaves him open, he makes them pay. He is dynamite to watch, he is so quick. But that team could not spell "defense."
The Lakers, after losing Odom (one of the more idiotic things they could have let happen) and getting off to a not-so-brilliant start, have "come on" of late. Beating the Thunder in that double-OT game had to have helped their confidence. I thought early in the season they might not even make the playoffs, and they showed how little I know about the NBA. Their coach has done a good job with them.
Yet my pick for the West is San Antonio. They are deep and no longer have to rely on Parker and Duncan as much, yet they still have Parker and Duncan, and those 2 know how to win big games; like those deep in the playoffs; like game 7s. They also play defense.
FINALS: Miami vs. the Spurs. It's a toss-up, IMHO. I would like to see James FINALLY get a ring, and I also like the Spurs because I think Duncan is one class act.