Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NBA Playoff Preview

I’m not excited when I turn on a basketball game anymore. Don’t worry; this isn’t a misguided plea for more teamwork and passing in the NBA, with a shorter 3-point line. This is a plea for the playoff season to start already! I’m at the point of the season where I’ve seen all the teams. I’ve seen every permutation of every possible matchup and dissected what every result meant.

What I need now is a game that really means something. The playoff teams are all but set, barring the late scrabble to be a sacrificial 8th seed. There are only three weeks left in the season, but I’m part of the microwave generation and I can’t wait that long. With that in mind, here is my Probably-Two-Weeks-Premature NBA Playoff Preview.

Consulting with a certified basketball genius who will remain nameless, I have projected the results of the remaining games to come up with a playoff seeding.

1. Spurs (64-18)
2. Lakers (59-23)
3. Mavericks (57-25)
4. Thunder (49-33)
5. Nuggets (48-34)
6. Blazers (48-34)
7. Hornets (46-36)
8. Grizzlies (45-37)

1. Bulls (60-22)
2. Celtics (59-23)
3. Heat (58-24)
4. Magic (55-26)
5. Hawks (44-38)
6. 76ers (43-39)
7. Knicks (41-41)
8. Pacers (37-45)

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting previews and predictions for every series, ending with my prediction for the 2011 NBA Champions.

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