April is the playoffs month… With barely a week to go before tip off the cast of teams are already completed. The West is still the teams to beat but with Boston emerging as the no.1 all in all in standings this might be the year of the East. I made a playoff analysis for all teams and although its still anybody’s ball game but the team with the most heart wins it all…
Boston won all the season games against Atlanta and I couldn’t see why Boston could not sweep this lowly Atlanta team. Atlanta went to the playoffs after a 9 year drought with Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Josh Childress and candidate rookie of the year Al Horford. Though Atlanta is not a gimme game but Boston’s experience and defense will put them through as they ease there way to the second round…
Surprisingly there is still life after AI as Philadelphia builds their franchise in another AI (Andre Iguadala). This time Philly is more of a team and with Mo cheeks guiding them they leveled their season with Detroit. Detroit’s vast playoff experience will proved to be too much for the young Sixers. And with Detroit’s roster fully intact a second round matchup against Boston is likely to happen.
Orlando serves as a dark horse in the Eastern Conference with the emerging Center Dwight Howard leading the pack. Toronto can surely be the upset team to go through the second round. But so far its still a hard match to predict… It’s either Orlando setting up inside or Toronto hitting more outside…whoever establishes their offense first wins the round. It’s a toss coin for both teams but I think Orlando will win the round in leau with its two wins on their season matchup.
We all remember King James whispering something to Arenas as Arenas shoots the free throw and missed. There is no bad blood against these two teams but old matchup really flames up during playoffs. Washington is the only team that beat the mighty Boston in 3 games sweeping the no.1 team in their season matchup and to top it all Washington is playing either without Arenas, Butler and Jamison in each of their games. Credit goes to Eddie Jordan for carrying his team to the playoffs. Cleveland on the other hand has to deal with all the new acquisitions this season and that can be costly for the Cavaliers. King James and Gilbert Arenas will steal the show but I think the healthy Lebron will emerge as the victor.
The Los Angeles Lakers are the hottest team in the league right now. The acquisition of Pau Gasol and some good role players such as Trevor Ariza and Ira Newble proved to be a good quality decision by Mitch Kupchak. Kobe the league’s MVP candidate has surely step up and became the no.1 team in the West. Sweeping their season match up against Denver and with the recent fiasco against Carmelo Anthony off the court…Denver could be in trouble… Iverson should step the notch or Denver could pay the price.
Los Angeles 4-2
NEW ORLEANS- DALLAS
With the Lakers exception New Orleans Hornets have surpassed expectations and with superstar Chris Paul manning the team they are off to a great start. Though Dallas has tied their season series the New Orleans Hornets still have the home court advantage.
The Hornets will have a tough time against Dallas since Dallas is a playoff tested team… We all remember how Golden State the no.8 team in the west last year destroyed Dallas hopes of advancing to the next round…this time we might see Dallas upsetting the Hornets…This is a must see game with Kidd passing the baton to Chris Paul.
Dallas 4- 3
SAN ANTONIO- PHOENIX
This is quite interesting match up since Phoenix won their season series against San Antonio 3-1… The defending champion will try to defend their crown and with Phoenix Shaq and Stoudamire defending Tim Duncan it would be a hard fought battle in the post. Phoenix might have the upper hand but we could never underestimate the heart of the champions.
San Antonio 4-3
Houston has been phenomenal this season but without Yao Utah could take advantage on the post with Boozer and Okur. Utah is a more fundamental team compared to Houston and proves their supremacy as they won against Houston in their season series 2-1…
Mcgrady has been a team player and made Houston a top contender in the West but with Mcgrady being shut down as the game begins to be physical in playoff time his team mates should be ready to step it up. Utah will win the round but as far as I can see I don’t think they are a better match up to either San Antonio or Phoenix in that matter.
Teams are now getting ready for the Playoffs. This is the time to separate the weak from the strong… But with all said and done still the ball is round and upsets are likely to ensue… Would we see a new champion emerging? Lets follow the drama as NBA unveils the 2008 Playoffs…