Tuesday, May 20, 2008

NBA Playoffs

The playoffs have been entertaining so far to me. Many of the teams were so evenly matched, home court has obviously been a huge difference. Most games were very close until the third quarter, when the home team pulled away. To the box score viewer, the amount of 10+ point victories would seem as fairly boring so far. However, they have actually been very competitive. The Hawks even pushed a seven game series. I have enjoyed the competition but still find myself yelling at the TV about how much referees still control the game.
I really hoped to see the passing of the torch last night. Duncan to Paul much like Bird to Jordan as the future of the Conference. I guess that will have to wait. The Hornets will be a factor for the next 4-5 years with the nucleus of Paul, West, and Chandler. Another guard on that team not named MoPete or Pargo and lookout.
And then there were four. Spurs vs. Lakers will be a great match up. This could be the last main ride for the Spurs. That bench is getting old and either Tyson really is a great defender or the season is wearing on Duncan. We'll see since the Lakers do not have a great match up on him. I see this game going an epic 7 with the Lakers coming out on top. The Spurs have never repeated, Odom is playing out of his mind, and Kobe has that look in his eye. If Bynum were healthy, I think this would be over in 5. This could be a big addition to Kobe's legacy. He has yet to make the run with him as the main star.
Celtics vs. Pistons looks to be another great series. Most people will probably get bored and change the channel with the slow-paced, low scoring, grind it out, defensive games. I personally think that is what NBA Playoffs are all about. Both of these teams are built for the playoffs. The Celtics have home court. However, they are full of veterans not recently used to the extended playoff season (Garnett last in '03-'04, Pierce & Allen in '04'-'05) and have been pushed seven games both series. Their tanks have to be running on empty soon. It looks like Allen already is. KG is my favorite player since Jordan because of the passion he plays with. I would love to see them win this series. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. If Billups is healthy, and he should be, then the Pistons are just too deep. Cassell was added to defend him for this series (clearly Rondo cannot because of his size), so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. I don't think he has made a shot in the last 5 games, so that tells you where I think that scenario is going. Rip vs. Allen. Well, Rip is lights out and Allen can't find the switch. Garnett/Perkins vs. Wallace/McDyess/Maxiell is a slight Celtics edge because of Garnett.
Remember, the Pistons were the first team to beat Boston at home. All the conspiracies want LA and Boston. I don't believe in that. These should both be physical, entertaining series. I look forward to the beginning tonight. Enjoy a burrito and bring on the Conference finals.

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