I know, you all missed me dearly. You were wondering where I went and how I’m doing. I’m flattered but worry no more. My crazy couple of weeks is over and I’m finally back so we can get some sports on here again. How has everyone been enjoying the playoffs? My Mavericks’ pathetic title defense put a damper in my party to start off but the rest of the first round was exciting to watch. Two game 7s in the first round and I think we’ll be seeing a couple more in the conference semi-finals.
Last night’s game 2 between the Celtics and Sixers was frustrating to watch. Neither team was able to get going offensively but it wasn’t the other was playing great defense. There were times when I didn’t know who was going to score for Philadelphia and it seemed like Boston didn’t either. The Celtics looked confused on defense but even then they were able to keep the game close. The 76ers looked like they were going to pull away for good late in the 3rd but the Celtics rallied back early in the 4th. It came down to a couple of key plays late in the game. A crazy layup but 76ers guard Evan Turner followed by a controversial offensive foul call on Celtics forward Kevin Garnett. Did I like the call? No. Not particularly because of the classic “that’s just playoff basketball” moment that it was. I still like the Celtics in this series but it will definitely be an interesting two games in Philadelphia.
The second game last night was also a close battle…for about a quarter and a half. The Lakers just looked tired and worn out after their intense game 7 battle in the previous round. Add that to the Thunder’s young AND fresh legs and this game out of hand quickly. If the Lakers don’t find a way to slow down Russell Westbrook (27 pts, 7 reb, 9 ast and 2 stl) they will be watching the conference finals at home on their TVs. Westbrook isn’t going to shoot 10 of 15 but LA has to make him commit turnovers because the Thunder committed only four last night. That’s much lower than their season average. The Lakers were effective in the paint so they must lean on their big men down low in the next game to establish early dominance. Changes must come on the Lakers or else the Thunder will finish this series off quickly.
Game 2: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
7:00 ET (Mia leads 1-0)
What is the game plan for the Heat without Chris Bosh? LeBron and Wade carried the Heat after Bosh’s injury late in the first half of game 1. Can the Pacers take advantage of the situation and steal home court? They need a big game from their center Roy Hibbert to take complete advantage.
Game 1: Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
9:30 ET (tied at 0)
I really dislike the Spurs but I’m anxious to see this series. The biggest reason is the potential for an all-time great battle between the team’s point guards. Clippers PG Chris Paul is a bit banged up from the previous series but it’s still going to be great to see him to head-to-head with Spurs PG Tony Parker. The Spurs on the other hand are really healthy so I expect them to come out strong.