There’s nothing quite like following your team across the country as they fight it out for the ultimate prize. And the most passionate hockey and basketball fans will be crisscrossing the United States – north and south for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and from coast to coast for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
BEASTS OF THE EAST – BOSTON CELTICS vs MIAMI HEAT
The NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics is rife with riveting storylines. In the last two years, each of these teams has made it to the NBA Championship series and lost. And while it’s only the third time these two teams have met in the playoffs, this is the third year in a row – needless to say, a rivalry has emerged.
The Heat boast one of the game’s most high-profile lineups (including Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and two-time MVP LeBron James), while the Celtics are no slouches with the likes of Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce.
COAST TO COAST HOCKEY – LOS ANGELES KINGS vs NEW JERSEY DEVILS
The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals will feature two groups of players that have beaten strong teams and overcome significant obstacles en route to the finals.
The series will pit one of the greatest goalies in NHL history – the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur – against a fast-paced Los Angeles Kings that hit their stride just before the playoffs and have been flying ever since. At 40, Brodeur still shows flashes of his younger brilliance between the pipes for the Devils, and is supported by a strong, balanced group of skaters that can get it done. The Kings, meanwhile, move the puck well and quickly, and are backstopped by the remarkable Jonathan Quick.
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