The NBA Playoffs are here which means we are about two months away from crowning a champion. That seems a bit excessive to me, but David Sterns isn't taking my calls so let the journey begin.
Here is a link for the schedule of first-round matchups: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ule/index.html
I'll take a stab at what I think is going to transpire in the playoffs. Color me a hater because this is far from what I would like to see happen. The possibility that Kevin Garnett misses the playoffs is great news as far as I am concerned. If the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs and Cavs all went down in the first-round it would be Christmas in April for me. I told you I was a hater. Any of the remaining 12 teams are golden in my eyes (particularly Houston).
Lakers over the Jazz in five. Phil Jackson throws Jerry Sloan a one-game bone.
Denver over NO in six. Altitude plus Attitude. CP3 can catch a summer bowling league.
Dallas over San Antonio in six. Not without Manu they don't. Dirk drives Dallas.
Houston over Portland in seven. They say never pick with your heart. I didn't. Portland a year away.
Cleveland over Detroit in five. AI is not the answer. Next question.
Boston over Chicago in seven. This would be my upset special, except it's not.
Orlando over 76ers in six. Superman has nothing up his sleeve. Philly once again 'Brand'ed a loser.
Miami over Atlanta in seven. DWade IS in my fave five.
Lakers over Houston in six. Artest and Kobe talk non-stop smack, but Kobe backs his up.
Denver over Dallas in seven. Dirk misses all seven shots in the fourth quarter of game seven. Altitude or Choke? Doesn't matter. Denver moves on.
Cleveland over Miami in five. Lebron is a bigger DWade. 'Nuf said.
Orlando over Boston in six. This is my upset special, but, with no KG, it's not.
Lakers over Denver in six. They can boo Kobe all they want in Denver, it's not gonna matter.
Cleveland over Orlando in five. Yawn. ZZZZZ.
Lakers over Cavs in seven. Great series goes down to the wire. Kobe versus Lebron. Blah, blah, blah. I hope they both lose.
Yes, I am a hater.