And just like that, this shorten NBA season is over.
As I said earlier this week, this season turned out to be a lot better than I predicted. This season turned into a memorable season, unfortunately, for the Charlotte Bobcats. The franchise owned by the guy who led the greatest team of all time, the 1996 Bulls, finished with an all-time NBA worst .106 win percentage. The Bobcats finished the season on a 23-game losing streak (how ironic, 23) which blew away another 16-game losing streak from earlier this season. And it doesn’t look like it will get any better.
After hearing Larry Brown’s comments from earlier this week, and knowing how well Jordan does as a GM, I am not surprised the Bobcats are terrible. But this bad? I hope David Stern rigs the draft to ensure Anthony Davis doesn’t go to that cesspool. In fact, can the Bobcats just give up their pick because no one deserve that punishment. And I won’t punish you with more talk about losers.
There is no time to catch your breath before the playoffs; they start tomorrow with some excellent games. Without further adieu, here is your NBA playoff preview, Mancave style
#1 Chicago Bulls vs #8 Philadelphia 76ers (Game 1, Saturday 1pm, TNT): Evan Turner said that the 76ers matched up better with the Bulls than the Heat. Hey Evan, just make sure you don’t get benched without a reason by Coach Doug Collins. Also, this might be the last time Andre Iguodala can throw Lou Williams under the bus or pull out the chair under him since he will test free agency. Pick: Bulls in 5
#2 Miami Heat vs #7 New York Knicks (Game 1, Saturday 3:30pm, ABC): If Jeremy Lin was playing, I would give the Knicks a better chance to win. But Carmelo Anthony is on the short list of guys in the league that can put his team on his back and win a series. Unfortunately, 2 other guys on that list play for Miami. Pick: Heat in 6
#3 Indiana Pacers vs #6 Orlando Magic (Game 1, Saturday 7pm, ESPN): Ah, the go-old NBA TV series. I want to root for the Magic just because I want them to show that they can win without Dwight Howard after all the hoopla this season. But I ain’t stupid. Pick: Pacers in 6
#4 Boston Celtics vs #5 Atlanta Hawks (Game 1, Sunday 7pm, TNT): Remember when this season was hype as hell in 2008? Yeah, the Hawks just never did get any better did they? And the Celtics just got greyer. Pick: Celtics in 7
#1 San Antonio Spurs vs #8 Utah Jazz (Game 1, Sunday 1pm, ESPN): Apologies to faithful reader @NowByAP but if there was a channel below NBA TV this series would be on it. Luckily for the Spurs, there’s no talk of them blowing this 1/8 matchup. And it looks like this series will get love on TNT and ESPN. Pick: Spurs in 4
#2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #7 Dallas Mavericks (Game 1, Saturday 9:30pm, ESPN): This was the Western Conference Finals last year. I think Dirk Nowitzki is still hungover from that Ace of Spades bottle in Miami last year. Pick: Thunder in 5
#3 Los Angeles Lakers vs #6 Denver Nuggets (Game 1, Sunday 3:30pm, ABC): Lakers, still the Kings of LA. Don’t ever count out a team with 2 7-footers and a guy named Kobe Bean Bryant. I will enjoy watching Javale McGee attempting to play defense in this series. Pick: Lakers in 6
#4 Memphis Grizzlies vs #5 Los Angeles Clippers (Game 1, Sunday 9:30pm, TNT): I know the Heat-Knicks is the sexier series, but I think this will easily be the best. Memphis has done this before, but Chris Paul has a will to win like no one else. Coaching (or lack thereof for the Clippers) will be a factor. Pick: Grizzlies in 7