Playoffs start today and we are about to seem shit go down. A lot of questions are going to be answered in this first round.
Just How Washed is Tony Parker?
The point guard position is San Antonio’s Achilles Heel. Patty Mills has had a solid season, but Parker has been spotty at best. Maybe Tony has one last playoff run in those legs, but many people predict that Mike Conley is gonna eat the Frenchman’s lunch.On a side note: I’m excited about the Gasol family reunion that starts on Saturday.
You Bucks Wit it Or Nah?
I thought it was over after the Jabari Parker injury, but what do you know? Khris Middleton shows up almost immediately afterwards and the Bucks not only saved their season, but also may make some noise in the playoffs.
Can Anyone Out East Give the Cavaliers Some Run?
I didn’t realize how bad the Eastern Conference was until I started looking at the standings. Looking at all their records raised two questions: How did the Bulls get in but the Heat didn’t, and do .500 teams deserve to be in the playoffs? Shows how little I’ve been paying attention to ball on the ET time.
Win Expectancy of Eastern Conference Team vs Lebron :
Toronto: 2 wins
Indiana: 2 wins
Celtics: 2 wins
Washington: 3 wins
Chicago: 1 win
Atlanta: Would Get SWEPT
Bucks: 2 wins
Will John Wall Finally Get Some Love?
We’ve all been sleeping on John Wall. A small minority of folks that thinks he is the best in the league and maybe he if he played in New York, rather than D.C. he’d have his proper due already. This season Wall had career highs in points, assists and steals. The lights are on. Lets see if he performs.
Other things of note:
- Unless you’re a fan of a particular eastern conference , try to avoid any non elimination games out there. Life is too short.
- Oklahoma City vs Houston is the Most anticipated first round series, but the highest quality of basketball will be Memphis vs. San Antonio.
- Golden State will beat Portland in 5 games, but it will be more entertaining than your typical “Gentleman’s Sweep.” It will remind you of collegiate ball in the Pac-12.
- The Clippers vs Utah series is the “Tap That Vein” extravaganza of the first round. I like the idea of watching it more than I’ll actually enjoy it. Too many fouls and both coaches annoy the shit out of me, but if I’m awake and don’t have anything going on……
The East is going to be full of individual performances by great players, whole the West will be great teams going up and down the floor every other night. We all knew what the result will be, but it’ll still be fun to watch how it unfolds. Enjoy the beginning of the playoffs.
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