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Buzzer Beaters

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

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:45 am

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This will be a good matchup between the Rockets and Blazers. These two teams are pretty even across the board but it will be tough with Yao dominating the post against an inexperienced Oden and the crazy defense of Artest and Battier. In the three meetings they've had, the Rockets came out on top 2-1 but the home team always won. Maybe that will be the advantage Portland needs to come out on top. Rockets in 6. 

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:43 am

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Lest we also not forget that Ming is only averaging about 16 points and 8 or 9 rebounds. It's not like we're facing Kobe Bryant here or anything. We're facing a fairly average center here who just happens to be 7'6" and nothing more.


Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:42 am

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 As far as the Hawks being the first to lose on their home floor, I seem to recall them beating the Celtics 3 for 3 at Phillips Arena last year and the Heat don't strike me as road warriors, so I see maybe the Spurs or the Nuggets being the first to lose a home game.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:41 am

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When was the last time the rockets managed to do anything in the playoffs? The 90's? You act like Houston has been so dominant against us when they've lost in overtime, won by 4, and then won by 14 in that last game at home. Portland is liable to take the two in Portland as a phenomenal home team and Houston was below .500 on the road, just as the Blazers are. Most likely the series goes 7, but if it only goes 6, it'll be Portland taking it; certainly not Houston. Rockets have shown in the past how they tend to falter as a series goes longer. And Yao Ming can't take Roy, Aldridge, and Oden all by himself and there is no McGrady in sight.


Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:16 am

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the most personal would be spurs vs mavs (have u seen them in previous years?) they will be pushing each other around until the spurs r so tired they give up game 7 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:11 am

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You sad, sad Michigan fan. You're so very wrong. The Pistons are a shadow of their former selves. this series will go to 5. That's it. Good luck next year with Paulus.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 6:02 am

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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 2:47 am

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The Blazers have no chance in stopping Yao, they havent done it all season long and with a team that young its not going to start in the playoffs. In the Blazers rampage through beating all the good teams, if you look their is one good team they havent ran through and its the team they are playing. This series ends in probably 6, for the Rockets. 

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 1:55 am

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the series with the best chance to get personal is the cavaliers versus pistons.. haha why would you put Jazz, Lakers...change it



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 12:37 am

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I happen to feel Greg Oden will do rather well against Yao Ming, especially on the defensive end. Between him muscling down low and Aldridge(maybe) taking Yao on the perimeter, I think Portland can take Yao out of the game if they really want to. 

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