It’s Playoff Basketball – and before we break down the West – because who cares about the East – how ’bout a shout out, too possibly the greatest division in the history of the NBA – The Great Southwest! All 5 teams in the Southwest division made the playoffs, and all above .500. Sure the 2006 Central division sent 5 teams to the playoffs but 2 were at .500 and one was below – making this years Southwest division the greatest of all time – Congrats to: Houston, Memphis, San Antonio, Dallas and New Orleans.
So, who will make it out of the first round? Let’s plug some numbers into the DiRT Canon Supa-Computa and see.
- Anthony Davis just had a crash-course in what playoff basketball is like when they needed a win, and got one against a motivated Spurs team that did not want to fall to the #6 seed. For the Warriors it means gearing up to play meaningful basketball again – like a cat playing with a ball of yarn, that now has to remember to go back out and kill a bird. New Orleans does not have enough around “The Brow” to upset the Warriors, and if G-State takes care of the ball, this is over in 5 – 6 tops.
- Solid MVP candidate Harden has not done so well in his last three playoff, shooting below 40%. These teams do not like each other and only .5 separates them in point differential, Rockets with the edge. The danger for the Rockets is if Dallas can extend the series, the longer this goes, the higher the probability the Mavericks win. I really want to see Harden v Curry, and the Supa-Computa agrees with Rockets in 5.
- How do you ever pick against the Spurs – the inevitable sunset seems to last forever, and thankfully so, because this series will be awesome. Both teams that would be threats to Golden State, play each other and too beat each other up – opening that possible door to a finals berth. Sure, Paul and Jordan have been playing really well lately, and this is the reward they get – the champs. It doesn’t seem fair, but if the Clippers were ever gonna prove they belong – this is the time to earn it – knock-out the champ. I’m not picking against the Spurs, but the Supa-Computa is, Clippers in 7.
- This series could be summed up as – which team gets out alive, and who gets put out of their misery. It’s a M*A*S*H* unit for both teams. It’s so bad, that one of them asked if Beckwith could still play the point. Memphis seems to be the healthier team and Portland went 0-4 against the Grizz. Home court will be the advantage, and either team will be a 2nd round sacrifice – and it’s Bear season – Memphis wins.
For $240 million dollars, you’d think Robinson Cano could afford to pay attention, and no one will argue that the Mariners are paying him for his base-running skills – but C’Mon Man! It was the second out of the inning that would have given the Mariners bases loaded – hindsight is 20/20 they say and who knows if that would have made the difference in the Dodgers winning 5-2. But Seriously!
Speaking of boneheads…
What is it about, watered-down-over-priced beer, and cozy seats in the outfield, that brings two men together in a warm embrace. If your plan is to unleash your inner-hockey-goon, then you gotta do a better job of bringing it, than that. Plus, A(f)Rod hit his 656th HomeRun last night – it’s gonna be so much fun…the Yankees, contractually have to pay A-Rod $6m when he gets to 660 – but they have refused to do so…BOOM goes the Dynamite!
This is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and most of you may not care, but what you missed was some good ‘Ockey – as they say up north, eh. The Blackhawks were down 0-3 and came back to tie the game – extend it for two more periods of free ‘ockey, to win it, 4-3. Now the question for the ‘Hawks is, do you start the goalie that was playing in the minors most of the year – who replaced Crawford after giving up 3 so quick – another start? Marinate on that and watch the blue-line-esque blast of Duncan Keith, to win the game:
No right-minded ‘ockey fan wants to see a team from Nashville win anything, eh?
There are only 4 MLB games tonight – so it’s a crap shoot to play – but if you’re gonna, stick with the TB/TOR game. Here is how Vegas breaks it all down:
WAS -133 O/U 6.5
TOR -113 O/U 8
NYM -114 O/U 7
SF -164 O/U 6.5
I believe that PHI, TB, MIA and AZ will all win.