Saturday, April 30, 2011

Round II

No NBA playoff games today for the first time in a while. But alas, I learned long ago that questioning the National Basketball Association's scheduling decisions can only result in a headache. With the second round of games right around the corner, here are my round II picks.

#1 Chicago Bulls vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks
-The Bulls seemed to struggle in almost every single first round game, but luckily for Chicago, Derrick Rose helped the East 1 seed avoid "Spurring" in the conference quarterfinals. The Hawks made doubters (myself included) look foolish behind strong play by Jamal Crawford, of all people.

Atlanta Hawks in 6. Maybe it's because I feel stupid about picking the Magic in round one, or maybe it's because Joakim Noah is the most annoying man on Earth. Either way, I like the Hawks to win this series because the Bulls looked so bad against Indiana.

#2 Miami Heat vs. #3 Boston Celtics
- Both Miami and Boston made relatively quick work of their first round opponents. Boston surprised a lot of critics by completing the sweep against the Knicks, while Miami surprised no one by playing adequately and with an arrogent demeanor.

- Boston Celtics in 5. The Heat were 1-3 against the Celtics this season and are too annoying to go any further in the playoffs. Erik Spoelstra will once again be exposed as an unremarkable coach.

#8 Memphis Grizzlies vs. #4 Oklahoma City Thunder
-Yesterday, Memphis completed the first round stunner by becoming only the second #8 seed to win a first round series since the playoffs took their current format. Kevin Durant and company downed Denver quickly, in just 5 games.

Memphis Grizzlies in 7. What the hell.

#2 L.A. Lakers vs. #3 Dallas Mavericks
-Neither first round series tells us that much. Dallas and L.A. each dropped 2 games against good but not great teams, but had a fairly strong grasp on each of the other games.

L.A. Lakers  in 5. Because the NBA wants one more year of Celtics-Lakers.

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