Friday Roundtable: Best NBA playoff matchup?
Ben Golliver and Matt Moore look ahead to the NBA playoffs and talk about what matchups they're most looking forward to.
Ben Golliver and Matt Moore discuss the question, what playoff matchup are you most looking forward to?
Ben Golliver: Right up there with Heat/Knicks has to be the potential Lakers/Mavericks series out West. Let's hope this 3/6 match-up holds up for the next week. Talk about storylines. Kobe Bryant's revenge for last season, an even more unstable Andrew Bynum thrown into the playoff pressure-cooker, Mike Brown vs. Rick Carlisle the tactician, Dirk's title defense. The up and down Mavericks haven't exactly inspired a ton of confidence this year nor have they truly made a positive momentum push down the stretch but they're not exactly an easy out for anyone. It's difficult to imagine there will be a playoff series testier than this one given the presence of Bynum, Metta World Peace, Delonte West, Matt Barnes and all the rest.
Matt Moore: I'm just worried that the Mavs aren't prepared to face the Lakers' size. Who's guarding Bynum now? Will Gasol go in the tank as badly? With the Lakers arguably having the point guard advantage with Ramon Sessions over Jason Kidd and the revenge factor, I'm concerned this could get out of hand. I like the Mavs' approach against a lot of teams, but the Lakers seem like one that could turn into a stomping.
Ben Golliver: A potential Boston/Atlanta series has the dental surgery vibe for me. I've been ready to hit fast forward on both teams for more than a year. A Chicago/Boston second round series has promise but Celtics/Hawks has "please put us out of our misery" potential by halftime of Game 2.
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