NBA Playoffs: West

Playoff time is here, and the West is the best when it comes to matchups fans really want to see. Seeds are in parenthesis.

(1) Oklahoma City vs.(8) Houston: Thunder have a dynamic 1-2 punch in Durant and Westbrook. Problem is, Westbrook’s style of play can be asymmetrical to the offensive flow. Instead of working with K.D., Westbrook seems to work against him. The Rockets would win this series if they played any kind of D! Because they don’t, OKC wins 4-2.

(2) San Antonio vs.(7) L.A. Lakers: This one is hard to call believe it or not. Both Teams are playoff savy and experienced. It doesn’t matter that the Lakers roster has not been together for a long time, or that the Spurs are dealing with a rash of recent injuries as of late. This is a pick em’ series all day long.

(3) Denver vs.(6) Golden State: Denver was a league best 38-3 at home! Not having Galinari put a severe dent in their attempt to go all the way, but that won’t be a problem against the Warriors. Golden State has improved significantly on both ends of the floor under coach Mark Jackson and have one of the league’s most dangerous player’s in Curry. It’ll take more than that to win this series. Denver wins 4-2 in a series that will be played better than the end result.

(4) L.A. Clippers vs.(5) Memphis: Although the Griz’ have been playing well in the absence of Rudy Gay, I still think at some point it will come back to haunt them. Slow it down is the recipe for the Grizzlies. The Clippers outside shooting has been up and down this season, and the interior is inferior to the Griz’ despite Blake Griffin. Memphis wins 4-3; they better not make a fool out of me.

Well, that’s a wrap for this year’s predictions… Let the Madness begin!!

NBA 2K13 In Season Review: Denver Nuggets

Did you know there once was a time in the NBA where if a player was fouled in the backcourt that player was then awarded 2 free-throws? Which is a testament to defense being a high priority in those days. While it’s not okay that defense in today’s NBA is played with an old school flavor by a select few, what is okay by today’s standards is a team like the Denver Nuggets being made to play 20 of it’s first 31 games (this season) on the road because of the money grubbing, headlining powers that be… who feel as though it’s better for the basketball fan to see… all home games national-lee… played by the front runners down in Mia-mee. More on this subject later. Right now it’s about the Denver Nuggets and why they could be one of the most dangerous teams in the 2013 playoffs.

If I told you the Nuggets have the 2nd best record behind OKC in the Northwest division (30-18), and are 6th best in the NBA overall, suggesting I have my head examined by a medical professional would be good advice if none of what I just were true.

Winners’ of their last 6, these Nuggets’ put some serious lumps on the foreheads of a few 2013 playoff contenders; knocking off the James Harden led Rockets (twice), the Finals repeat shoo-in Thunder (according to many), and the fastly up and coming Warriors’ during that span. This doesn’t mean that the Nuggets’ are completely cured of their bad habit of “stock market-itis”, where one minute they look like the green arrow pointing up, and the next minute looking like the red arrow pointing down. They do however look like a team that if the playoffs started today could knock off the clippers’ in a first round series. Which would be shocking to most of the basketball world except me.

Unlike years’ past, I don’t recall the Nuggets having a player on the roster who plays with the ferocity and relentlessness of a Kenneth “The Manimal” Faried, or an Andre Iguodala who seems to have finally found the place where his type of game can really flourish. Add to that a JaVale McGee who’s skills are over-shadowed by his ” Shaqtin-a-fool” moments, a “Deadly” Galinari from the outside, the blossoming facilitator Ty Lawson, and Corey Brewer with Wilson Chandler, this could be the year These Nuggets’ go into a second round with people actually placing bets in their favor. This team has more depth than in recent years; better team free-throw shooting and team defense- allowing 100.7 per/g- could lead to an upset of grand porportions and their first ever NBA Finals’ appearance