April 15, 2011

Playoff Time


NBA. Playoffs. It's about freaking time.

This year we've got quite a few legitimate title contenders. The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic (barely) in the East. Out West, you've got the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and San Antonio Spurs. But unlike last year, no conference has a clear cut favorite. Should be fun to watch.

So how will round 1 go? Check out my playoff preview in a nutshell below...


EASTERN CONFERENCE

#8 Indiana Pacers v #1 Chicago Bulls

Yeah the Pacers were 8 games under .500. Bulls in 4...easy.

#7 Philadelphia 76ers v #2 Miami Heat

El Heat are en Fuego. 76ers were .500. Miami in 5.

#6 New York Knicks v #3 Boston Celtics

The Celtics have been pretty mediocre since trading Kendrick Perkins. The stats don't lie...they've been 15-12 and have looked VERY soft since the deal went down.

But they're playing the New York Knicks. And as good on offense as Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Chauncey Billups can be, they are HORRENDOUS on defense. Like the French Army (in every war ever) standing on top of the New Orleans levees bad. Celtics in 4.

#5 Atlanta Hawks v #4 Orlando Magic

The only Eastern Conference series with the potential to be a series. Atlanta as usual one of the most athletic teams in the East. But Orlando has almost unlimited guards who can score. And Dwight Howard. Magic in 6.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#8 Memphis Grizzlies v #1 San Antonio Spurs

Call me crazy, but the Grizzlies are a tough out for the Spurs in round one. They outsize San An's front court with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Rudy Gay. Shocker of the playoffs: Grizzlies in 7.

#7 New Orleans Hornets v #2 Los Angeles Lakers

Outside of Chris Paul, I have no clue how the Hornets made the playoffs. Lakeshow in 5.

#6 Portland Trailblazers v #3 Dallas Mavericks


Dallas has been a complete chokeshow since the 2005 finals against the Heat. This year is no different. Trailblazers in 6.

#5 Denver Nuggets v #4 Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC is the only serious challenge to the Lakers in this conference. Denver is playing hot, but they can't match the Thunders talent. Thunder in 5.

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