NBA Playoffs Preview – First Round

This is written by somebody who we are hoping will become a regular contributor. His name is Adam and he actually knows and follows the NBA which -as many of you know- is something we’ve been missing from this website. Either way, here’s his preview for the playoffs:

First off, I would like to say that I live in the greatest state for the NBA…Missouri, with two major cities St. Louis and Kansas City and a combined number of zero teams. So that means I have no team, but I love the NBA and always have since I can remember, of course I grew up a Bulls fan (who didn’t)!

The NBA seems to be somewhat rejuvenated from a competitive standpoint with a crop of true Superstars in LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and many more. Sure the defense is still lax for most of the game during the regular season, but for the Playoffs it is different. That’s why I’ve always said that for the casual basketball fan or the NBA hater that the NBA Playoffs are the time to watch. It’s when the greatest players in the world play their hardest and for the NBA fan, it’s the best time of the year! Continue reading

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The King vs The Boston Three Party

As you very well may know, in the second round of the NBA playoffs the Cleveland Lebrons will be taking on the Boston Celtics. This is an intriguing matchup on many levels in my eyes. At first glance it seems that Lebron will be out matched. However if you look at the 4 times the teams met each other in the regular season you’ll see that they split the games at 2 to 2 and one of Boston’s wins came in a game in which Lebron did not play. So in reality, Lebron is 2-1 vs the Celtics this year.

In these three games against the Celtics Lebron has averaged 32.3 points, 7 boards, 9.7 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Those are some pretty good numbers on most any standard. The other four starters on his team, Delonte West, Devin Brown, Ben Wallace and Zydrunas Ilgauskas total for an average of 42.8 points, 28 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 0.75 steals, and 3.75 blocks.

On the other side of things, the Big 3 (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) have totaled to average 52.6 points, 16.5 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 5 steals and 1.92 blocks. While the other two starters for the Celtics, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, combined to average 19.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.25 blocks.

In total, Cleveland’s starting five average 75.1 points, 35 rebounds, 20.3 assists, 3.08 steals and 5.08 blocks. While Boston’s starting five average 72.2 points, 27 rebounds, 18.1 assists, 7.5 steals and 3.17 blocks. So despite the fact that this matchup is indeed The King vs The Big 3, with starting 5 stats being so close, I believe the outcome of this series will come down to bench play.

Even though the Celtics are dangerous, and very talented, their play in the first round made me skeptical. If they play weak defense against Lebron like they did against the Hawks, then he will tear them apart. I’m picking the Cleveland Lebrons in 6.

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