Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 NBA Playoff Preview

First Round:
Spurs vs. Mavs
Didn't the Mavs win a championship a couple of years ago? Now they barely make it into the 8th spot. Crazy. That's how it goes in the West. I don't understand how the Spurs keep on doing it, but every year they're in it to win it. I don't see them having much of a problem with the Mavs, it might go 5, but more likely will end in a clean sweep.

Rockets vs. Blazers
Ok, this one is interesting. Blazers started out hot but faded, and the Rockets have been resting Dwight Howard for a playoff run. I was at the game when they destroyed the Lakers the other week and I was really impressed. Harden just kills you with that step-back, and I was impressed with Chandler Parsons, he made a lot of drives to the basket when I thought he was just going to shoot it (maybe it was just the Lakers defense). They're also pretty loaded, Lin, Beverley (if he can play), and if Howard can't go, they've got Osik, who was a beast when he was starting. Too bad they can't figure out how to play together. The guy that really impressed me was Terrence Jones. He was flying all over the place and was making a lot of smart plays. He matches up against Aldridge and that's going to be the matchup to watch. I want to see what Lillard does, but in the end, I think Harden will take over and just kill them with that step-back jumper. Rockets in 6.

Clippers vs. Warriors
These teams DO NOT like each other. Expect a lot of shenanigans. Clippers love to give away points with dumb fouls and technicals (Blake Griffin tied with Demarcus Cousins for the league lead and had to sit out a game). The Warriors are very dangerous; that backcourt can get hot and destroy you, but I think it's going to come down to their front court. What are Andrew Bogut and David Lee going to give them? Both have injuries so that will be the big question. I'm looking forward to this series, and I'm rooting for the Clippers. I think they'll win in 6.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies
I love the Grizzlies, they are just fun to root for. They work hard to grind out postseason wins. The good thing for the Thunder is, this year, they will hopefully have Westbrook the entire time, and don't have to worry about when to sit him back-to-back games. So the odds are stacked against the Grizz, but the Thunder aren't perfect and have stumbled in the last couple of postseasons. I would love an upset, but unless Westbrook gets injured and can't play, it's the Thunder in a grueling 6 games (I seem to have most these going 6 games).

Pacers vs. Knicks Hawks
I don't care how badly the Pacers played to end the season, the East is so bad at the bottom, this will be a cake walk. The Hawks will do their best to win one game but will fail.

Bulls vs. Wizards
I'm actually looking forward to this one. The scrappy Bulls against the up-and-coming Wiz. I haven't watched a lot of Wizards games, so I really want to see how they do. I know the Bulls are battle-tested but there's something about the Wiz that I like. The Bulls struggle on offense and don't have a guy to close out games, so I think they lose a couple of close games in this series. The Wiz in 5.

Raptors vs. Nets
Look, I'm gonna be honest with you, sometimes I forget that the Raptors are a real NBA team. I haven't watched even one of their games this year. I know about Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but outside of that, I have no idea how they got a 3 seed. Seriously, the East blows. This is a division matchup and they split their season series, but the Nets finished just 4 games behind the Raptors, so this is a lot closer than the 3-6 matchup that it is. The Nets are built for the postseason it will be shock and awe when Kevin Garnett ratchets up the cussing and trash talk to playoff levels. If I was Dwane Casey, I would have my assistants just scream and curse at guys during practice to get them used to it. It won't be enough and the Nets win in 5.

Heat vs. Bobcats
The Bobcats FINALLY get into the playoffs (for the 2nd time)! YAY! But they have to play the Heat. NO! They should have just tanked for another lottery pick because they're going to be stuck in this position for awhile. If this series goes 5 games, I will be shocked.

2nd Round:
Rockets over Spurs (because I don't want a repeat of last year's Finals)

Clippers over Thunder

Pacers over Wizards

Heat over Nets

Conference Finals:
Rockets over Clippers

Heat over Pacers

Finals
Heat over Rockets

22 comments:

tem said...

1 -good post.

B - glad you are not dead.

tem said...

"Jenny McCarthy Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg"

what?

The Meiz said...

A sports post! What a throwback!

Barry Larkin sucks said...

The Bobcats FINALLY get into the playoffs!


They were in the playoffs a few years ago

Barry Larkin sucks said...

Tem your name/pic is arrrghhhh matey

arrrghhhh matey said...

"They were in the playoffs a few years ago"

were they?

Keef said...

Yes maybe 3-4 years ago

The Meiz said...

Billy Joel doo-wop!

Jugdish said...

fake wrestling

Jugdish said...

a handle of crown is on sale for 29.90 at the BX...suite!

Jugdish said...

my brother's friend sent a letter of intent to declare for the nba draft. he got a letter back from the nba that said something like "after further research, you were eligible for the nba draft a few years ago, so you are a free agent and free to sign with any team".

Tyler said...

"They were in the playoffs a few years ago"

Yes, they were a 7th seed and lost to the Magic (led by Dwight Howard ) 4-0. The Lakers beat the Celtics in the Finals that year. To me, that all feels like a lifetime ago.

Keef said...

Apology accepted

Tyler said...

RE: Jenny McCarthy

I know everyone prefers blonde Jenny McCarthy, but I feel that brunette Jenny McCarthy is very underrated.

Keef said...

I prefer 21 year old Jenny McCarthy

The Meiz said...

My old boss thinks Jenny is ugly.

arrrghhhh matey said...

Your boss is crazy

The Meiz said...

That was UPS Store bossman. I should have quit when he told me that, instead of wasting 6 years.

Jugdish said...

nice work, Tyler

Jugdish said...

Mr. Mess

Jugdish said...

wall

ToddPacker said...

there is a new ep post, jug

Top Of The Page Material:

"Idiots with nothing better to do"





"Most Boston sports fans are just douchebags. Because most people from New England are douchebags." - tem





"Obama got elected because of the Rooney rule" - Jug





"you should never let debt stop you from pro-creating anyway" - El Padrino





"If you agree with EP, change your opinion." - H





"i'm dumb and sensitive. basically i'm a woman" - L Padrino





"I'm so horny this morning. If there wasn't this sex offender list going around id grope bitches on the train this morning" - L Padrino