With the couple of days off for the Indiana Pacers, I finally have a moment just to shoot out some thoughts on the other playoff happenings. It’s hard to believe that every series is 1-1 right now. Sure we’ve seen blowouts, and we’ve seen some hot shooting, but you just get this sense that any match up could go one way or the other. We’re are seeing how each game is just a different storyline from the last game. Let’s start with Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, since we’re all about the Pacers here. You had the Pacers out muscle the Knicks in game one, and get them flustered at different points. Even as the lead got down, I never felt like the Knicks were going to come back in that game one. Then came along game two, and we see the Knicks go on an unprecedented 30-2 run or 30 to whatever the Pacers finally scored. Pretty much the Pacers didn’t score in almost 13 minutes, and they lost total control of what lead they had in that game. The only thing you take away is now the Pacers have two games at home, where they’ve shown how much better they are, and we could be seeing the Pacers up 3-1 after all is said and done with the next two games.
Looking at the other side of the Eastern Conference, it’s amazing to see the Chicago Bulls were able to keep their momentum from the tough Brooklyn series to get a win game one. Nate Robinson was stealing the show, and they probably gave the Miami Heat a wake up call as we witnessed last night. Talking about the run the Knicks put together against the Pacers, how about that run that Miami put against the Bulls? 60-21 or close to that, to completely blow away the Bulls. Technical fouls were handed out. Ejections were handed out. And the spirit of the Bulls had to be broken, and people are still asking Derrick Rose to come back. Guess what? If he was going to come back, he would have already done it. Maybe I will eat my words tomorrow night as it’s been rumored, he will “dress.” And guess what if you’re dressed, then you better play. What’s the point of dressing and not playing if you’re a superstar like Rose? Can you imagine the talk if Rose dresses, and doesn’t play? The Heat will probably win this series no matter what, and then see who awaits them on the other side.
Then off to the Western Conference, where things are shaky between all four teams. If I put a power ranking, I’d probably rank the Memphis Grizzlies as the top team right now. Yes, you read that right. But look at how tough and physical that team is. They probably should have won the first game, but they blew the lead. They are able to get the victory in game two, and now head home to Memphis for two games. Just like the Pacers, this team has that true team effort going. Personally, that’s the match up I would love to see in the NBA Finals. No one but Memphis and Indiana fans would want to see it, but I would be all about it. Memphis has a great shot at knocking off the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are playing without Russell Westbrook. Just think how much these playoffs change if all the stars are there. Ask Boston how the Celtics do with Rajon Rondo. Ask Golden State how they do with David Lee.
Well we could talk to them right now, and I would say that’s my upset alert. With the confidence the Warriors are playing with, they are in prime position to knock off the San Antonio Spurs. I would even say if the Warriors lose this series, they’ll gain something from it. That experience of playing against a tough team. Experience of what to do in close situations. Learning how to close out games as they weren’t able to do that in game one. Just think the talk there if the Warriors are up 2-0 against the Spurs right now. I think this series ends up seven games unless that home court plays off for the Warriors. They have some of the best fans in the NBA, and they feed off that energy. Who knows what theatrics Stephen Curry has up his sleeves?
But truly, this is an exciting time for the NBA, and you’ll get back to action tomorrow night with the Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat, and the Warriors and Spurs. We’ll have to see what team wants that edge up in the series. I’ll go with Heat and Warriors as my picks. The Warriors playing at home with that crowd almost have to win. What a letdown that would be after such a great win last night. The Heat are obviously better than the Bulls, and want to prove that by dismantling the Bulls again. I don’t know if it’s such a huge blow out like game two, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all for a double figures win by the Heat.