Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:36 PM
Series I will watch every minute of: Memphis vs. LAC
This is about as good as it gets. I won't have time to watch every series like I used to in the past, with four final exams coming up in the next two weeks, but I plan to construct my study schedule around this series to ensure that I do not miss a minute. Here, you have the man who I think is the best player in the game (more on this in a bit), going up against the most feared defender in basketball, on maybe the most well-balanced team in the league. Can it really get any better than Tony Allen on Chris Paul? Think about it from a human perspective - you're barely 6 feet, and everything your team does relies upon you because Blake Griffin can only dunk, and you have the scariest man in the league hounding you up the court and weighing on you. And CP3 is one arrogant son of a bitch who will not back down or wilt away.
why CP3 is the best in the league: If I had to pick one guy over the course of the year, it'd be Lebron or DH12. They aren't the injury threats Paul is (despite Howard's back issues) and their aggregate productions carry out over the course of the season. But for just one game? Give me Paul, hands down, especially in the playoffs where he actually tries. I hate to be cliche, but I don't trust Lebron with the game on the line and neither Wade or Kobe is anywhere near the playmaker Paul is; and Paul can, when he wants, score at their rate.
I don't know how to predict this series. Memphis should win. But I don't want to sell Chris Paul short. What I do know though, with Chris Paul, Kenyon Martin, and Tony Allen all on the court, there's a probability of about 1.00 that an altercation erupts at some point, maybe after the inevitable hard foul on Blake Griffin. I'll go with Clippers in 7.
I'll try to catch a game or two: Miami vs. NYK, Utah vs. SAS
Lebron on Carmelo is the second best matchup in the first round. But the Knicks should probably get slaughtered. I'll say 4-1 Miami over New York.
Utah has the size inside to steal 2 from the Spurs and make everyone panic and say "it's happening again!" but San Antonio will ultimately prevail. 4-2 Spurs.
Maybe if it's on I'll watch a few minutes: LAL vs. DEN, OKC vs. DAL
I feel like Denver has the second unit to steal two against the Lakers and Kobe will invariably come back and go into hero-ball mode, denying touches from the Twin Towers and mitigating his own team's greatest strength. But the Lakers will ultimately prevail on sheer talent alone.
I want to think Dallas has something left in them but OKC should either sweep them or take this one 4-1.
I will purposely study in the library while these games are on so as to not accidentally catch them: CHI vs. PHI, BOS vs. ATL, ORL vs. IND
Yuck. Talk about some ugly series'. They could all very well go 4-0 and you don't need me to tell you who the favorite is in each. Really, the only interesting thing to glean from any of these is whether Rose is back at full strength.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:30 AM
Overall impressions right now after the first round of games:
-Heart goes out to Chicago. Nothing worse than that. Miami is pretty much a lock now to come out of the East. I think the only team that can even stand a chance in hell are the Pacers.
-Finals matchups, in order of preference:
I don't like watching OKC. Really ugly brand of ball. CP3 vs. the Heat would be heaven. Or, is this the year we finally see Kobe vs. Lebron?
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:19 AM
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:28 AM
Tired of the Lakers and Celtics. Also tired of the Spurs, but I have a hell of a lot of respect for Pop and Duncan.
It's fun to root against the Heat.
So that leaves the Thunder (who I think are the most complete team), the Pacers, and the 76ers. Either the Pacers or the 76ers would make me sick, just because I feel like we're just as talented as those guys - not to mention it would give us false hope for next season.
Leaves the Thunder. I know this is a predictions column - but I think the Thunder are the best team anyway.
I actually think the Thunder are more likely to lose to the Spurs than the Heat. The Heat and Thunder are remarkably similar, but the Thunder are more complete as a team. The Spurs, on the other hand, play complete, team basketball, and have been since most of the Thunder were in high school.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:39 PM
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