1. Boston Celtics
The Celtics are once again limping into the playoffs, but just like last year they seem to be saving their game for the playoffs. The loss of Kendrick Perkins hurts them because they are depending on the play of Shaquille O’Neal and he has been inconsistent and injury prone this year. However, the Celtics might still have enough in the tank to once again meet the Lakers in the Finals, and add another chapter to this storied rivalry.
In no way or form are the Lakers intimidated or fearful of any team or anybody in the league. They are still the champs and more importantly are gearing up for a third straight title. We must not overlook the obstacles they might face in the playoffs, but the Lakers are hitting their stride going into the post-season, and from the looks of it, the Lakers are going to be very tough to beat.