3. Besides the Cavs, which dark horse team is most likely to make a surprise run to the NBA Finals?
Henry Abbott, TrueHoop:
Orlando has the big man and the coach for the job. And it's easy to picture Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis having huge series. But it's tough to bet on a team with an uncertain point guard situation.
So I'll take Toronto: the Raptors
have a big man in Chris Bosh, a steady point guard in Jose Calderon, and maybe some learned lessons from last year's disappointing end to the season.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com:
I don't think anyone is particularly likely in the East, but if forced to choose I still have to go with the Raptors. If Bosh
and Ford are both healthy they're the best offensive team in the conference.
Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com:
For lack of a better candidate, I'll go with the Toronto Raptors.
I could see them upsetting Cleveland in the first round if the Cavs can't defend their point guards (remember what Tony Parker did to them in the Finals? Jose Calderon
and T.J. Ford could do something similar) and if Chris Bosh
gets to go one-on-one against Mr. Disinterest, Ben Wallace.