Saturday, May 1, 2010

The NBA Playoffs Are Smokin'!

Things are getting good in the NBA Playoffs--

  • Lebron James and the No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers are set to go to war with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the No. 4 Boston Celtics.
  • The No. 5 Utah Jazz and the No. 7 San Antonio Spurs were the only higher seeds to advance. The Jazz disposed of last year's Western Conference runners-up, the No. 4 Denver Nuggets, in 6 games, and the Spurs sent owner Mark Cuban and the No. 2 Dallas Mavericks packing, in 6 games also.
  • The No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks are giving the No. 3 Atlanta Hawks a run for their money. There is no doubt Atlanta did not see this storm coming. The series is all knotted at three with the winner-take-all Game 7 to be played in Atlanta. The No. 2 Orlando Magic are well rested and licking their chops awaiting the winner of this series.
  • Steve Nash and the No. 3 Phoenix Suns took care of Brandon Roy and the No. 6 Portland Trailblazers, 4-2, setting up a good old-fashion showdown between the Suns and the Spurs in the second round.
  • The No. 1 Los Angeles Lakers won their series against the No. 8 Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-2. But kudos to Oklahoma City for giving the Lakers all that they had and coming within one basket of pushing it to a Game 7.

Things that make you go hmmmm?--

  • Are Kobe Bryant and Shaquille "The Real Deal" O'Neal on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals, with the winner breaking the "4 rings" tie between them and putting an end to their "Cold War"?
  • Will Tim "Don't You Forget About Me" Duncan be the one to earn his 5th ring?
  • Are the Lakers and Celtics marching to their record 12th NBA Finals meeting, which the Celtics hold an impressive 9-2 advantage?
  • Will "King" Lebron James take the city of Cleveland to the "promised land" and deliver their first-ever NBA championship and their first of any sport since the Cleveland Browns 1964 NFL championship?
  • The "0-2 Crew": Will the Orland Magic (1995, 2009), the Utah Jazz (1997, 1998) or the Phoenix Suns (1976, 1993), all 0-2 in NBA Finals appearances, win their first-ever championship?
  • Or will the Atlanta Hawks be the "anointed ones" and win their first championship since they were the St. Louis Hawks (1958)? Of course assuming they escape with a win against pesky Milwaukee in Game 7.

Anyway, the wars continue--

In the end some elements of the above will play themselves out. Let's see....

Photos courtesy of the AP and Getty Images

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