Friday, April 21, 2006

NBA Playoffs

As Friday’s freedom beckons, here’s a brief take on how I suspect the NBA postseason will shake out:

Eastern Conference
-First Round-Detroit Pistons 4-0 over Milwaukee Bucks
Miami Heat 4-1 over Chicago Bulls
New Jersey Nets 4-2 over Indiana Pacers
Cleveland Cavaliers 4-3 over Washington Wizards

-Second Round-
Pistons 4-0 over Cavs
Nets lose 4-1 to Heat

Pistons 4-2 over Heat

Western Conference

-First Round-
San Antonio Spurs 4-2 over Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Suns 4-1 over Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets lose 4-3 to Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas Mavericks 4-2 over Memphis Grizzlies

-Second Round-
Spurs 4-2 over Mavs
Suns lose 4-3 to Clips

Spurs 4-3 over Clips


Pistons 4-2 over Spurs

I don't believe in running donut teams come Spring. Always put your money on dominating frontlines. Spurs don't seem to be even 80% healthy this year. The Bulls went on a terrific run to finish the season, but they simply do not have the real go-to guy that every team must have in order to win in the postseason. Reggie Miller called out the Pacers in Nov, saying he couldn’t believe in them being privy to their locker room and chemistry. This riled up his ex-teammates, but proved to be dead on the money. They look like their heart was torn out a long time ago, and Peja is notoriously ineffective when the bright lights are on. The Clips could scare the living daylights out of the West, so could the Kings. Detroit is the only elite team that looks like they have everything in place, including intangibles.


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