Wow… the East continues to provide drama in the playoffs, a direct contrast to the ho-hum series we’ve had (mostly) come out of the West.
And isn’t that a huge difference to the way the season played out? I mean… what have we had in the West other than the Utah/Houston series? 2 series that went to 5 games, one of those an absolute wash… and a blow-out sweep.
Look to the East and it’s highly entertaining: the top 2 seeds get the surprise of their collective lives when the much-maligned opponents they face came in ready to win, and did so… taking (thus far) 2 games a piece off Boston/Detroit. Only Orlando/Toronto finished quickly, and even then – the games were often close.
1. Return of the Jedi Wizards
Pretty amazing stuff today in the Wiz vs LeBrons Cavaliers. With mere seconds remaining, Caron Butler leans over and whispers in LeBron James’ ear.
“Miss this shot, make it interesting and let’s take this thing back to D.C.”
James misses a layup, and the Wiz win it 88-87, now going back to Washington for game 6.
Well… to be fair, James was unbelievable all game, hitting a sweet 34 points and 10 rebounds (add in a handy 7 assists too). But when it was on the line, LeBron was short.
Can’t count the Wiz out – they still have a puncher’s chance.
Worth watching just to see DeShawn Stevenson flail at LeBron James.
2. The Empire Strikes Back
Boston really, really took it out on Atlanta today, running over the Hawks like they were mere roadkill. End result? A 110-85 victory. Certainly sets the stage for game 6 in Atlanta… and if the Hawks can win this one. Like wow… wipeout.
The thing that I enjoy most out of this is the lie it makes of all the arguments circulating the interwebby at the moment over the seedings for the NBA playoffs.
A lot of pundits feel that it should be just a straight seeding from 1-16 (ignorant of the regular season scheduling issues that would present!)… or re-seed post first round.
The West was largely considered to be far more competitive from top to bottom, and the East below the first two or few a complete and utter joke.
But what’s happened in the playoffs?
Seeds 6-through-8 got thoroughly beaten, and over Eastwards the bottom two seeds were both 2-2 with the top seeded teams, and head back to their respective home-courts but a mere game down. Brilliant stuff.
In tomorrow’s games:
- Detroit in Philadelphia – Can the 76ers keep the dream alive? Or do the NBA’s bad-boys stomp ’em? Should be a good game. I’ll be yellin’ for Philly tho’ (afterall, did spend a Thanksgiving there once upon a time…)