Monday, April 27, 2009

NBA Playoffs '09: Two Teams Advance

Monday night's playoff games were boring. The Nuggets drubbed the Hornets (New Orleans Hornets Schedule) like North Carolina on a number sixteen seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They made the Hornets look like the depleted Washinton Wizards (Washington Wizards Schedule). Its amazing the Hornets pulled out a win last Saturday only to lose by 58 points tonight. Finally Carmello erupted, going for 26 to lead 7 Nuggets finishing in double figures. You gotta feel bad for Chris Paul. He and Posey were the only players that competed with any heart and they don't deserve to be a part of this infamous and historical playoff game. Shame on David West and the neck-bearded Stojakovic.

The Lakers join the Cavs as the only two teams to advance into the second round to no one's surprise. I would say the Nuggets are the third, as Monday night's game should have counted as two wins.

The Rockets (Houston Rockets Schedule) execution and depth are too much for the young Blazers team. The Blazers could have won game four Sunday night, but made critical errors throughout the game that added up to a loss in the end. Steve Blake got his pocket picked from behind by Artest with 1:20 and Pryzbila threw a saved ball back court for a turnover with :40 left down two. I hate to agree with Network blowhard Charles Barkley, but the Blazers settled for too many outside jumpers, particularly Aldridge and Outlaw.

Is it just me or does the Hawks vs. Heat series suck? This series is full of bad basketball. The Hawks have good athletes and poor basketball IQ and execution while the Heat are impotent without D-Wade healthy. This series couldn't be more irrelevant, as the winner is going to get swept by the Cavs.

The Magic vs. 76ers match-up has been on my DVR list every time. I chose Phily to win this series because they are the faster team and can break off big runs. For the Orlando Magic (Orlando Magic Schedule), Turkaglu is hurt, Rashard Lewis is lazy and soft...They best player outside of Dwight Howard is Courtney Lee, a rookie with a girl's name. Seriously, Lee reminds me of Monta Ellis without the knack to get to the rim, yet money on the pull up J.

Another good series is Boston and Chicago, two of the NBA's most successful franchises going down to the wire every night. Derick Rose and Rajon Rondo are enough to get you to flip over to the game. They are the new super breed of point guard that can run, facilitate, score when needed, and grab rebounds on the defensive end then go coast to coast. (See: Magic and JKidd) Bulls win, but lose to Philly in second round.

The most boring and irrelevant series is the Mavs and Spurs. The Mavs are up 3-1 and will surely win, but everyone knows that San Antone would be killing the Mavs if Ginobilli were healthy. Manu opens is the all-in-one that opens up everything for the Spurs. The Mavs will Quickly be sent golfing by the unstoppable Nuggets, who are destined to meet the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals (if Houston doesn't pull off the upset)....

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