2010 NBA PLAYOFFS: FIRST TWO GAMES


We have seen city bashing, upsets, injuries, trash talking, and blowouts.

THIS IS HOW A TYPICAL NBA PLAYOFF LOOKS LIKE!

16 teams battle it out to capture the elusive crown. I saw the next round from the teams’ first two games. No matter how the playoffs end, this is how I’ll predict the outcome of the first round!

Game starts now!

THE WEST

LAKERS VERSUS THUNDER

Phil Jackson opened their series by complaining about Kevin Durant’s frequent foul line trips. Kobe Bryant is still the star of the show and until the Thunder solves the puzzle that’s the Mamba, don’t expect this series to last that long. Let’s mention that Oklahoma wants to win its first playoff win since moving out of Seattle, newly-named Scott Brooks and Durant and the rest of the Thunder must finish off a team that has a solid eight-man crew in its rotation that posts 5.0ppg.

THE TOP LAKERS:

POINTS: BRYANT (30.0PPG), GASOL (22.0PPG), BYNUM (9.5PPG)
REBOUNDS: GASOL (12.5RPG), BYNUM (11.5RPG), ODOM (7.0RPG)
ASSISTS: FISHER (3.5APG), ARTEST (3.0APG), GASOL (2.5APG)

THE TOP THUNDER:

POINTS: DURANT (28.0PPG), WESTBROOK (21.0PPG), GREEN (11.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: DURANT (7.0RPG), KRSTIC (6.0RPG), THREE OTHERS (5.0RPG)
ASSISTS: WESTBROOK (5.5APG), MAYNOR (2.0APG), TWO OTHERS (1.5APG)


MAVERICKS VERSUS SPURS

The Texas state will stage a battle of epic proportions! Just because the Spurs are led by a bunch of aging men doesn’t mean their playoff thirst has subsided! I expect Gregg Popovich to map out an awesome plan to edge the second seeds. However, the new blood fused in the Mavs camp shouldn’t be discounted. Erick Dampier has a solid backup in Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler is the perfect person to beef up what Josh Howard lacked. Of course I expect Dirk Nowitzki to lead the way against Tim Duncan. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Richard Jefferson shouldn’t be discounted though.

THE TOP MAVS:

POINTS: NOWITZKI (30.0PPG), BUTLER (19.5PPG), TERRY (16.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: DAMPIER (9.5RPG), NOWITZKI (8.5RPG), HAYWOOD (7.0RPG)
ASSISTS: KIDD (9.5APG), TERRY (3.0APG), BAREA (3.0APG)

THE TOP SPURS:

POINTS: DUNCAN (26.0PPG), GINOBILI (24.5PPG), PARKER (17.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: DUNCAN (12.5RPG), MCDYESS (8.5RPG), JEFFERSON (7.0RPG)
ASSISTS: PARKER (6.0APG), GINOBILI (5.0APG), TWO OTHERS (2.0APG)


SUNS VERSUS BLAZERS:

Phoenix should be acing this matchup with Brandon Roy and Marcus Camby out but the pesky Blazers are still breathing and have drawn first blood in the series. I doubt if the Blazers can muster the energy to even advance to the second round but for a depleted team that gets their offense from a perennial defensive player, Marcus Camby and his gang must find a way to stop Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, Jason Richardson and company to set up their rivalry against the winning Texas team.

THE TOP SUNS:

POINTS: RICHARDSON (21.5PPG), NASH (19.0PPG), STOUDEMIRE (18.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: RICHARDSON (8.0RPG), HILL (8.0RPG), STOUDEMIRE (7.5RPG)
ASSISTS: NASH (12.5APG), DUDLEY (3.0APG), STOUDEMIRE (2.5APG)

THE TOP BLAZERS:

POINTS: MILLER (21.5PPG), ALDRIDGE (16.5PPG), BATUM (15.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: CAMBY (13.5RPG), WEBSTER (4.5RPG), BATUM (4.0RPG)
ASSISTS: MILLER (5.5APG), FERNANDEZ (2.0APG, TWO OTHERS (1.5APG)


NUGGETS VERSUS JAZZ:

Utah used their entire available arsenal to withhold the Nuggets to send the series dead even. While I can’t see the Jazz advancing without Memo Okur and Andrei Kirilenko, I can’t also see Jerry Sloan’s wards giving up. All-Stars Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer are leading Utah to perhaps claw three more wins to clinch the series. However, just because Carmelo Anthony is scoring almost 40 points a game, it doesn’t mean that he has the entire scoring load for Denver. This should be something that Utah needs to address.

THE TOP NUGGETS:

POINTS: ANTHONY (37.5PPG), NENE (18.5PPG), BILLUPS (16.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: MARTIN (7.5RPG), SMITH (6.0RPG), NENE (6.0RPG)
ASSISTS: BILLUPS (9.5APG), ANTHONY (4.5APG), LAWSON (3.5APG)

THE TOP JAZZ:

POINTS: WILLIAMS (29.5PPG), BOOZER (19.5PPG), MILES (17.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: BOOZER (11.5RPG), MILLSAP (7.5RPG), MATTHEWS (3.5RPG)
ASSISTS: WILLIAMS (12.5APG), MILES (4.0APG), BOOZER (3.5APG)


THE EAST

CAVALIERS VERSUS BULLS:

Every mean thing that comes out of the mouth of Joakim Noah is making the Cavs hate the Bulls to the point of destroying their chances to move to the second round of the playoffs. LeBron James is nothing more than an unguardable specimen that seems unstoppable whether penetrating or shooting those seemingly warmless jump shots. The Bulls can’t play the Cavs with a big lineup and now they find themselves doomed from playing small ball. The trip to Chicago should energize their chances.

THE TOP CAVS:

POINTS: JAMES (32.0PPG), WILLIAMS (15.5PPG), JAMISON (14.5PPG)
REBOUNDS: VAREJAO (10.0RPG), JAMES (7.0RPG), JAMISON (7.0RPG)
ASSISTS: WILLIAMS (8.0APG), JAMES (6.5APG), WEST (4.0APG)

THE TOP BULLS:

POINTS: ROSE (25.5PPG), NOAH (17.5PPG), DENG (16.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: NOAH (10.5RPG), GIBSON (6.0RPG), DENG (6.0RPG)
ASSISTS: ROSE (9.0APG), HINRICH (4.5APG), NOAH (3.0APG)


MAGIC VERSUS BOBCATS:

Charlotte’s first trip to the big dance seems to be off on the wrong foot. Orlando is not giving them any chance to get cozy and unless Larry Brown gets an answer to Orlando’s onslaught, every game they play will be pushed to blowout city! Dwight Howard is not a scoring sensation but his defense is what makes the Magic dangerous. Charlotte has its own defensive demon in Gerald Wallace but Wallace and Stephen Jackson need more scoring support to counter the load given by Rashard Lewis, Jameer Nelson, and Vince Carter.

THE TOP MAGIC:

POINTS: NELSON (22.5PPG), LEWIS (16.0PPG), CARTER (15.5)
REBOUNDS: HOWARD (8.0RPG), LEWIS (4.5RPG), BARNES (4.0RPG)
ASSISTS: NELSON (5.5APG), CARTER (2.0APG), BARNES (2.0APG)

THE TOP BOBCATS:

POINTS: JACKSON (22.5PPG), WALLACE (20.0PPG), FELTON (11.5PPG)
REBOUNDS: WALLACE (11.5RPG), JACKSON (6.0RPG), DIAW (5.5RPG)
ASSISTS: FELTON (4.0APG), JACKSON (3.0APG), DIAW (3.0APG)


HAWKS VERSUS BUCKS:

It’s hard to see the Bucks going to the next phase of the playoffs. Despite the season-long brilliance of Brandon Jennings and the entry of John Salmons and Jerry Stackhouse, the Bucks can’t buck the loss of Andrew Bogut. While Hawks aren’t that big, these young guns are expected to swoop to the next round because of their wide array of talent. Joe Johnson is their top scoring threat but you can’t discount the services of Josh Smith, Al Horford, Marvin Williams, and Mike Bibby. Sixth Man candidate Jamal Crawford’s first trip to the playoffs has been unscathed as of this moment.

THE TOP HAWKS:

POINTS: JOHNSON (24.5PPG), HORFORD (17.5PPG), SMITH (16.5PPG)
REBOUNDS: SMITH (12.0RPG), HORFORD (8.5RPG), JOHNSON (5.5RPG)
ASSISTS: SMITH (6.5APG), JOHNSON (6.0APG), BIBBY (5.0APG)

THE TOP BUCKS:

POINTS: JENNINGS (21.5PPG), SALMONS (18.5PPG), ILYASOVA (12.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: ILYASOVA (10.5RPG), THOMAS (6.5RPG), MBAH A MOUTE (5.0RPG)
ASSISTS: SALMONS (3.0APG), DELFINO (3.0APG), TWO OTHERS (2.5APG)


CELTICS VERSUS HEAT:

What should have been an exciting contest has been disappointing so far. Emotions are flaring in this contest though, with Kevin Garnett getting suspended after getting fed up of Quentin Richardson’s trash talking. However this is not like the early 2000’s where KG is the lone star of his team. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are scorching the net with their superb scoring and Rajon Rondo’s game is always shouting “triple double”. Glen Davis opened a can of whoop ass subbing for KG in the starting spot and his play made Doc Rivers a happy man. Dwyane Wade, Mike Beasley, and Jermaine O’Neal must help Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra in finding out what makes the Celtics falter if they want to stay alive and possibly face the Cavs. But before that… CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP WADE IN THE SCORING CHORES!!!

THE TOP CELTICS:

POINTS: ALLEN (16.5PPG), DAVIS (15.5PPG), GARNETT (15.0PPG)
REBOUNDS: GARNETT (9.0RPG), DAVIS (8.0RPG), RONDO (7.0RPG)
ASSISTS: RONDO (11.0APG), ALLEN (3.0APG), GARNETT (3.0APG)

THE TOP HEAT:

POINTS: WADE (27.5PPG), RICHARDSON (10.0PPG), BEASLEY (9.5PPG)
REBOUNDS: BEASLEY (7.5RPG), O’ NEAL (7.0RPG), WADE (5.0RPG)
ASSISTS: WADE (5.5APG), ARROYO (3.5APG), CHALMERS (3.0APG)


TURNOUT:

Cleveland will face Boston and Atlanta will face Orlando in the East while the Lakers will face the Nuggets and the Suns will play the Mavericks in the next round of the playoffs.

This is what I saw from the first two games of the playoffs!

Until the next round!

Game over!

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