By Craig Kwasniewski
David Stern's worst nightmare is about to happen and only Dick Bavetta can save the day.
There's a very real chance that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James could face off in the first round of the playoff unless "some NBA magic" happens Wednesday night. Right now both Chicago and Cleveland sit at 49-32 with the Bulls owning the tiebreaker. So if the playoffs started today, Chicago with the two seed faces Washington while Cleveland is matched up against Miami (with the freethrow over/under per game set at 150). This is not good news for the NBA offices in NYC.
Basketbawful put it best when he emailed me:
I'm telling you, David Stern is FREAKING OUT right now. I'm going to TiVo the Bulls game on Wednesday... I can almost guarantee that the Nets will be getting some serious home cooking that night, since, if the Bulls lose, the Cavs will be the 2-seed. Believe me, it's going to happen.
I agree, there's no way the NBA will allow Wade and LeBron to face up so early in the playoffs. This goes against Stern's master plan (The one he hatched during the Detroit-Cleveland series last year where he decided to bank the future of the NBA on the burgeoning Wade-LeBron rivalry. After Detroit's easy 2-0 lead, LeBron started living at the freethrow line, almost beating Detroit in game 7. And don't get me started on D-Wade... let's just say, this is the same time people became familiar with the phrase, "the Wade treatment.")
Anyway, don't be surprised if Dick Bavetta is reffing the Bulls-Nets game on Wednesday night.