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Posted on: April 16, 2009 12:01 am
 

The playoff field is set.

Brace yourself for some fun.

The Spurs showed me something by doing what champions do -- winning a game they needed to win against New Orleans to get themselves homecourt advantage in a winnable first-round matchup against Dallas.

The Sixers didn't show me much by beating the Cavaliers' reserves and stopping Cleveland from equaling the best home record in NBA history. But they did get the No. 6 seed and a matchup with the Magic instead of the Celtics. If they were given a choice between facing Boston or Orlando in the first round, they might have been better off choosing the lottery.

All that's left to be decided in the West is homecourt advantage in the 4-5 matchup between Portland and Houston. That'll be a great series. Greg Oden, meet Yao Ming. Welcome to the NBA.

I'll be previewing, analyzing, and dissecting all of the first-round series on Thursday. Once the games start, you can check Buzzer Beaters every night for my take on the night's action. For now, I'll give you a few thoughts/predictions that come to mind on the first round:

Best individual matchup: Joe Johnson vs. Dwyane Wade

Series with the best chance to get personal: Jazz vs. Lakers

Best chance of an upset: Hornets over Nuggets

First team to lose on its home floor: Hawks

Best sweep potential: Celtics, Magic, Lakers

Least sweep potential: Nuggets, Spurs, Blazers/Rockets

Forty games in forty nights. Rest up.

 

 

 

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Buzzer Beaters

I agree, and I'm a Blazer homer. Yao will do well against the Blazers. But Portland is deeper than Houston, so if someone gets in foul trouble (Oden or Artest), Portland can weather the loss better. Plus, I remember Adelman as a Blazer coach -- he is a terrible game coach, and is very slow to make mid-game adjustments. Plus he historically is reluctant to let one guy take over (otherwise the Blazers would have beaten the Pistons in 1990, and yes, I'm still bitter), so he won't keep pounding the ball into Ming. The Blazers have peaked at exactly the right time, and might even win one in Houston.

As for the individual who predicted the Blazers in 6, I disagree. They will win in either 5 or 7 games. I can't see them clinching this series on the road. 




Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 12:36 pm
 

Buzzer Beaters

 So the Cavaliers can't sweep their first round series?  Celtics, Magic, Lakers huh?  Unbelievable, please keep snubbing the Cavs when you talk about them, you are so incredibly ignorant and biased.  Boston without KG is just another run and gun offense with a mediocre D.  It's ok though you can keep kissing their butts.




Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 12:19 pm
 

Buzzer Beaters

Lots of Blazer homers on here. Yao is averaging 20+ and 11. Not the 15 and 8 you are all hoping for. The Rockets have not done much in the playoffs, but Oden has been a non-factor against Yao (as well against the league). The Blazers may win this series in 7, but Yao wont have much of a problem against the front line. I think Houston does win this series, but they better take 1 of the first two in Portland, otherwise this will go 7 and Houston may be facing another 1st round exit.




Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:49 am
 

Buzzer Beaters




Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:48 am
 

Buzzer Beaters

Half dollar have you ever even watched a laker jazz game?  Did you see even a minute of them play in last years playoffs or for that matter Wednesday night?  Utah is a tough team, very physical Wednesday night it showed.  They are not going to let the lakers roll over them.  This will get very personal.  Detroit is a team in disarray, hardly the team they have been in previous years, the pistons will lay down..emotionless. 



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Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:35 am
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 10:51 am
 

Buzzer Beaters

No way Denver loses to the banged up Hornets.  Chris Paul is great but he can't do it alone.  I doubt that series goes past 5.

I think the biggest potential for upset is Dallas over San Antonio.  The Mavericks seem to be pretty hot right now, and the Spurs are banged up.  That should be a great series, and it will probably go 7 games.  Wouldn't surprise me if either team wins that one. 




Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:43 am
 

Buzzer Beaters

 Jets fan did you get your info from the subway bind guy with the can and the stick? Ming is averaging 20 and 10 and no center is better in the league other than Howard! Average at best? There would be 29 teams lined up to trade for that guy.




Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:21 am
 

Buzzer Beaters

Fairly average? Yao is one of the top 3 centers in the NBA. Blazers stand no chance. 

 




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:15 am
 

Buzzer Beaters

 

 The Hawks still aren't getting any love.  Even after take the Celtics to 7 games last year and securing home court throughout the first round this year.



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