To the shock of no one, the healthy teams own the 2013 NBA Playoffs. I mean… they do not just own their respective series… they are laying waste on all of their detractors.
Well… maybe except for Golden State – currently holding their own against the powerhouse San Antonio Spurs despite the lack of David Lee in Mark Jackson’s system. With the way Step Curry is handling the orchestration and scoring load of the Warriors, I’ll probably take a chance and snatch him as a Top 10 worthy fantasy pick.
And maybe Indiana as well.
More on this on the bottom part of this blog.
Miami is on the verge of setting up the Chicago Bulls for playoff annihilation. After winning the first game, the Bulls have lost three straight. The Bulls also recorded a lot of woeful records like biggest losing margin, lowest scoring output, and lowest playoff percentage in team history. Inasmuch as haters would continue to hate on LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh… you are just feeding them to even execute better.
I can’t really say more here. Not unless Chicago does something miraculous (and literally push and pull stuff to deplete Miami’s command), there’s no sense to ramble on.
Now the Memphis Grizzlies are making sure that the Oklahoma City Thunder miss the services of Russell Westbrook. Actually, add James Harden and even Eric Maynor to their what-could-have-beens. With Westbrook gone for the playoffs (and possibly a couple of games at the start of the next season), OKC would have given Harden a free reign to do things. Also, despite missing last year’s playoffs, I thought Maynor will hit it big if given the playing time. Derek Fisher, Reggie Jackson and Kevin Martin are doing things for the Thunder but they aren’t doing enough to salvage Kevin Durant’s Herculean efforts. I saw a bunch of newsbytes on how Durantula wants to do more. I can’t see him doing more because the next level of his “more” is scoring at least 45 points, getting 15 rebounds and amassing 10 assists in one game. Serge Ibaka is doing his share to exert more offensive strength but he’s already struggling to make ends meet because alongside Kendrick Perkins, they are solving the riddle that is the duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Randolph is repeating the feats he obtained two seasons ago when the Grizzlies marched to their best place in team history. In some ways, sending Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo away may have done something for Lionel Hollins’ crew. Let‘s remember two seasons ago, Gay was stapled on the Memphis bench because of injuries. At least now even if there’s no Gay in sight, Memphis is still a-okay especially with veteran Tayshaun Prince doing a masterful job in backing up the team leaders.
Finally, at least there’s no boring spells in the New York versus Indiana series. I remember a couple of years ago when Reggie Miller, Rik Smits, Derrick McKey and Jackson would raise hell on Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason. It was the next best thing after the Miami-New York series. Years later, the Pacers and Knicks kind of switched places – with Indy turning on defense and New York having a Miller-type gem of a scorer in Carmelo Anthony. I think this is the way the series will unfold. Frank Vogel will use their defense to starve New York’s offense which is what Mike Woodson hopes to negate. Melo’s second round offense reek compared to his outputs against Boston. I think it’s because of the presence of Paul George. George is doing a masterful job strengthening the SG spot of Indy and at the same time, helping sealing off the bad juju caused by the loss of Danny Granger. I know Raymond Felton is the Knicks’ main PG but seeing Jason Kidd score eleven points in nine games is just not right. Tyson Chandler is barely containing Roy Hibbert which is mind-boggling since Tyson is a First Team All-Defense guy while Hibbert struggled in the regular season.
To piss off a bunch of fans, Miami will meet Indiana in the next round with Memphis and San Antonio struggling to finish off their assignments to stage a Western Final duel.
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