The NBA playoffs got underway this weekend and it’s going to be epic.
In a recent blogs back in March I recall saying March Madness as the greatest spectacle in sports, and I stand by my words—but I would also like to add, the NBA playoffs is right up there with March Madness.
First round of the playoffs started Saturday April 20, 2013. The first game saw the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 85-78, behind a red hot shooting Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points on ABC. The other matchups on Saturday are Golden State Warriors at the Denver Nuggets on ESPN; the Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets; and the night cap, Memphis Grizzles will play at the Los Angeles Clippers also on ESPN.
Sunday’s first Round games are Atlanta Hawks at the Indiana Pacers on TNT; Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs; Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat on TNT; and the Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder also on TNT.
As I stated earlier, the NBA playoffs are going to be epic. There will be drama and lots of excitement.
Regular Season Records: Boston Celtics 41-40 vs. New York Knicks 54-28
The 2013 NBA playoffs have finally arrived and it is time to see if the Boston Celtics are real contenders for this year’s NBA title. They enter the postseason as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Their first opponent will be the Atlantic Division champion and second seeded New York Knicks.
This will be a huge challenge for the Celtics, as the Knicks have finished the regular season playing great basketball. They have won sixteen of their last eighteen games and have been among the NBA’s best three point shooting teams all season long. Additionally, they have shown in the last month that they are a very good defensive team that rebounds the basketball on both ends of the floor.
For the Celtics to beat the Knicks in this series they will of course need Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to be at the top of their games. But, that will not be enough. If they are going to beat the Knicks they will need the following things to happen.
Rebound the basketball
It's that time of year again. We are at the business end of the NBA season, the Play-offs. Here we will take a look at the match ups in the Western Conference, where the Oklahoma City Thunder will once again look to assert their dominance and make a return trip to the finals.
- Oklahoma City Thunder (1) vs Houston Rockets (8):
It just had to be, didn't it?
Only a few months removed from the blockbuster trade, James Harden must now come up against his former team in the environment that matters most, the Playoffs. The Rockets were demoted to the eighth seed on the final day of the season and they now have the unenviable task of trying to overcome last seasons Western Conference Champions, The Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have picked up right where they left off last season. Most people thought that with the loss of the sixth man of the year they would struggle somewhat when Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook are out of the game. This has not been the case, Kevin Martin has stepped in and the Thunder has not missed a beat. Martin has always been an efficient scorer and with more open looks playing with better players he has thrived.
It's that time of year again. We are at the business end of the NBA season, the Playoffs. Here we will take a look at the match ups in the Eastern Conference, where the defending champions the Miami Heat look primed for another deep run in the post season.
- Miami Heat (1) vs Milwaukee Bucks (8)
LeBron James and the Heat begin their post season quest to repeat with a first round matchup against the Bucks, who scraped into the final Playoff place despite underachieving for much of the season. With their 38-44 record much more was expected of the Bucks this year and they can count themselves very fortunate that the bottom of the East is very weak.
The Los Angeles Lakers have hit the ground hard various times throughout their 2012-2013 season. The team went 0-8 during the preseason. Early in the season, the Lakers fired their head coach Mike Brown for lack of team production and progress? Many fans were then upset when the Lakers’ management appeared to have snubbed fan favorite Phil Jackson. Jackson had given some indication that he would consider returning to the Lakers. No returned phone call to Phil Jackson and the rest is history. Basketball fans observed as the Lakers hit the ground hard when they passed on their former head coach Phil Jackson. Mike D’Antoni was selected as the Lakers new head coach. “Bah Humbug” many Lakers fans cried.