Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eastern Conference First Round Playoff Predictions


With 82-games in the books it’s time for the second season to begin. 16 teams begin a journey for the NBA crown – the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The two-month odyssey starts with the first round as one team is 16 wins away from achieving their season long goal. Becoming NBA Champions. 

Here are my predictions for the First Round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Atlanta Hawks

All season long Indiana stressed on the importance of gaining home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Pacers looking to avenge last postseasons game seven Eastern Conference Finals loss in Miami. This time the Pacers find themselves with home court advantage throughout the eastern conference playoffs. Now that they have it, let's see how far they can get with it. The Pacers stumbled to finish line - with lackluster after lackluster performances including a humiliating home loss to Hawks in early April. The Pacers and Hawks split their four game season series but since the Hawks lost All-Star big man Al Horford for the season due to injury they struggled to remain competitive though they had enough left in the tank to outlast the New York Knicks for the eight seed albeit with a sub .500 record. At the moment the Pacers are as vulnerable as ever but expect them to get there act together in time for this series at least and quickly dispose of the Hawks. Roy Hibbert, Paul George and company are sure to be too much for point guard Jeff Teague, a cast of aging vets and inexperienced players to handle. Prediction: Pacers win 4-1

Western Conference First Round Playoff Predictions


With 82-games in the books it’s time for the second season to begin. 16 teams begin a journey for the NBA crown – the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The two-month odyssey starts with the first round as one team is 16 wins away from achieving their season long goal. Becoming NBA Champions.

Here are my predictions for the First Round of the Western Conference playoffs.


(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Dallas Mavericks

With a record of 24-5 since February 26, San Antonio stepped on the gas in the second half of the season en route to a league best 62 wins and the top seed in the western conference. First up in San Antonio’s journey back to the Finals  - the veteran-laden Dallas Mavericks who as a franchise have had their fare share of playoff battles against the Spurs over the past decade. Of course still led by Dirk Nowitzki who returned to all-star form this season averaging of 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds after an injury riddled 2012-13 season which saw the Mavs miss the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. Nowitzki and his solid supporting cast of high scoring guard Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion and sixth man Vince Carter are sure to put up a valiant effort but the Spurs are sure to be too much to handle as they swept the season series and with the rest Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave his stars to end the season – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will be geared and ready to deal with the Mavs. Prediction: Spurs win 4-1
Friday, April 18, 2014

NBA Playoffs Theme (With A Bozo Twist)





The Bozo’s have made no secrets of their disdain for the NBA this season.  Teams throwing games, stars sitting out, arrests, injuries, and Andrew Bynum.  While they may see a few seconds here or there of these Playoffs (because they drag on for 7 months), this song sums up their feelings.  Sure, they have BASKETBALL in their name (@BasketballBozos), but they tend to ignore that.  Sit back, enjoy, and sing along.  We present, “I’m Not Watching The Playoffs”.  #ENJOY

(SUNG TO THE TUNE OF “WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE” – Billy Joel, 1989)

I’m not watching the Playoffs; they are on too late, on every weeknight date.
I’m not watching the Playoffs; for I need my sleep, and to binge-watch Veep.

Stephen Curry, John Wall, 
Dribbling the Basketball, 
Bombing three’s, getting T’s, where is J.R. Smith?
Heat, Clips, Raptors, 
Bunch of Flopping Actors, 
Birdman has Tatted Neck, 
Seriously, What the Heck?
Bunch of crappy East-seeds, 
Larry Sanders loves his weed, 
Tanking, Losing, Wig or Park or bust.
OKC with Chemistry, 
Healthy-Looking Westbrook Knee,
KD is the MVP, but what is the BFD?

I’m not watching the Playoffs; games start way too late, what if I’m on a date?
I’m not watching the Playoffs; Heat will play the Pacers, stab me with a tracer.

Bosh with the Ostrich Face, 
Rose on bench is out of place, 
Timeout after Timeout, Games never end.
Big Baby weighing very much, 
Dirk is the King of Clutch, 
Lowry, Ellis, Klay and Dwight, 
Who hits Blake and starts a fight?
Taking charges, but they’re flops, 
Whining to refs, it never stops,
Stars getting calls, on batted balls, 
stinky, smelly league.
Cliff Paul on TV’s everywhere, 
The ad makes me pull out my hair, 
Then set fire to a chair, 
Here, There and Everywhere.
Teams will win, and I’ll drink gin, 
with a Baker, name of Vin,
Sin, Bin, Jin, Flynn, 
Quinn, Pin, Tin, Berlin.
So watch the games, if you’d like, 
just don’t wake me for Conley, Mike
NBA?  Playoff day?   
No thank you, please go away.

I’m not watching the Playoffs; games go on and on, until the break of dawn,
I’m not watching the Playoffs; I’m old & surly, with hair that’s curly.

I’m not watching the Playoffs; the league is rigged & fixed, unless you’re on the Knicks.
I’m not watching the Playoffs; I’m snoozin’ on my couch, hands on my nugget pouch….

EP136: NBA Unplugged- Playoff Breakdown With Snottie Drippen





James was unable to break down the playoffs with me.  I had to do the next best thing.  Grab another guy named James, aka Snottie Drippen.  Bare with our minor technical difficulties (damn you snowball mic) but we got the show rolling and brought down the house with our analysis of the first round match ups.

As always, tweet at us:  @probskblltalk @james_bucklin @jacobnnoble

Listen after the jump

Big Book O' Playoff Stuff: Western Conference In Haiku


I already covered (poorly) the 1st round matchups in the Eastern conference (or should I say, LEASTERN Conference, amirite?). Let's shift our lens to the main course, the brawls of the Western Conference.  If the Eastern conference is a Janet Jackson nip slip, the West is a high budget Evil Angel adult movie starring Asa Akira and Lisa Ann. Every single matchup is bulging with story lines and oil covered intrigue. Let's begin:

(1) Spurs vs (8) Mavericks

Relentless as Time,
Duncan and Dirk still roll on,
Monta shoot it all.

3 Questions:

1) Does Rick Carlisle have enough in his bag of tricks to deploy Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki (combined 40.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 8.4 apg) efficiently enough to add to some drama to this 1-8 pairing?

2) Can Kawhi Leonard overcome having braids with millisecond hang time in 2014 to be the player he has shown he could be in last year's playoffs (13.5 ppg, 9 rpg, 40% 3 pt, rugged defense)?

3) Will any Spur play more than 30 mpg in this series?

Dallas Keys To Winning:
Get Dirk rolling early and often; no Spur should be able to guard him (Kawhi can do a "Stephen Jackson in '07" type job). Keep Samuel Dalembert out of foul trouble. Pray.

Prediction: Spurs in 5
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