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“I went from wanting to trade him on the spot to wanting to cook breakfast for him tomorrow morning. That’s the truth. When I talk to him and say, ‘Manu,’ he goes, ‘This is what I do.’ That’s what he’s going to tell me. I stopped coaching him a long time ago.”
- Gregg Popovich on Manu Ginobili
(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

I went from wanting to trade him on the spot to wanting to cook breakfast for him tomorrow morning. That’s the truth. When I talk to him and say, ‘Manu,’ he goes, ‘This is what I do.’ That’s what he’s going to tell me. I stopped coaching him a long time ago.

- Gregg Popovich on Manu Ginobili

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

"It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will."
@parker_myers

"It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will."

@parker_myers

Live at the first New York Knicks playoff win since 2001.

We were hoping the jumped gun was just that. It’s not. Rose will also most likely miss the Olympics this summer. So have fun hate-watching the rest of these Playoffs.

We were hoping the jumped gun was just that. It’s not. Rose will also most likely miss the Olympics this summer. So have fun hate-watching the rest of these Playoffs.

The Woefully Inaccurate First Round Predictions Post!!!??!?!?

The first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs begins bright and early on Saturday afternoon/morning. Finally, the real season begins! 

Breaking tradition of sorts, let’s open the prediction making process to the people. So, at the end of the post, leave your thoughts in the answer box or leave a comment. However, if you’re that one Bulls fan who left a bunch of comments under different names, don’t comment or just do it once. We can see your IP address.

With that out of the way, the match ups: 

Eastern Conference: 

  • Philadelphia 76ers V. Chicago Bulls


  • New York Knicks V. Miami Heat 

  • Orlando Magic V. Indiana Pacers

  • Boston Celtics V. Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference:

  • Utah Jazz V. San Antonio Spurs

 

  • Dallas Mavericks V. Oklahoma City Thunder

 

  • Denver Nuggets V. Los Angeles Lakers

 

  • Los Angeles Clippers V. Memphis Grizzlies

So, what are your first round predictions? 

 


 

THE PLAYOFFS START ON SATURDAY! 
Plan your weekend accordingly and say good bye to all loved ones as you watch entirely too much basketball this weekend. 
SATURDAY: 
Philadelphia 76ers V. Chicago Bulls at 1pm/10am on TNT/Local Channels 
New York Knicks V. Miami Heat at 3:30pm/1:30pm on ABC
Orlando Magic V. Indiana Pacers at 7pm/4pm on ESPN/L.C. 
Dallas Mavericks V. Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30pm/6:30pm on ESPN/L.C. 
SUNDAY: 
Utah Jazz V. San Antonio Spurs at 1pm/10am on ESPN/L.C. 
Denver Nuggets V. Los Angeles Lakers at 3:30pm/1:30pm on ABC 
Boston Celtics V. Atlanta Hawks at 7pm/4pm on TNT/L.C. 
Los Angeles Clippers V. Memphis Grizzlies at 9:30pm/6:30pm on TNT/L.C. 
Now, let’s boogie! 

THE PLAYOFFS START ON SATURDAY! 

Plan your weekend accordingly and say good bye to all loved ones as you watch entirely too much basketball this weekend. 

SATURDAY

  • Philadelphia 76ers V. Chicago Bulls at 1pm/10am on TNT/Local Channels 
  • New York Knicks V. Miami Heat at 3:30pm/1:30pm on ABC
  • Orlando Magic V. Indiana Pacers at 7pm/4pm on ESPN/L.C. 
  • Dallas Mavericks V. Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30pm/6:30pm on ESPN/L.C. 

SUNDAY: 

  • Utah Jazz V. San Antonio Spurs at 1pm/10am on ESPN/L.C. 
  • Denver Nuggets V. Los Angeles Lakers at 3:30pm/1:30pm on ABC 
  • Boston Celtics V. Atlanta Hawks at 7pm/4pm on TNT/L.C. 
  • Los Angeles Clippers V. Memphis Grizzlies at 9:30pm/6:30pm on TNT/L.C. 

Now, let’s boogie! 

With last night’s victory over the Hornets, the Memphis Grizzlies have clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference. As the fifth seed, the Grizzlies will most likely meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. 
It should be noted that the Grizzlies could catch and surpass the Clippers in the standings and earn home court advantage in the opening round. Three out of the four remaining games for the Grizzlies are against below .500 teams where are the Clippers’ remaining schedule are all above .500 teams and on the road. 
Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

With last night’s victory over the Hornets, the Memphis Grizzlies have clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference. As the fifth seed, the Grizzlies will most likely meet the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. 

It should be noted that the Grizzlies could catch and surpass the Clippers in the standings and earn home court advantage in the opening round. Three out of the four remaining games for the Grizzlies are against below .500 teams where are the Clippers’ remaining schedule are all above .500 teams and on the road. 

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2012 Playoff Picture

As this truncated season winds down, things are becoming incredibly dramatic. Every game tonight will impact the current playoff brackets. I attempted to work all of the equations and theorems on a chalkboard based on tonight’s games, but I ran out of chalk and room on my chalkboard. 

Let’s examine some of the more ‘sexy’ match ups and show downs: 

  • The Great Los Angeles Hallway Derby Continues: After the Spurs thrashed Lakers last night, the Clippers are within a game of catching their Staples Center roommate. As we all know, the Lakers have the upper hand in case of a tie since they won regular season series (2-1), but if the Clippers were to win the rest of their games….it’s a possible that the Clippers could over the take the Lakers and earn a third seed and the Pacific Division title. The Clippers’ remaining games aren’t going to be easy (Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, and New York), but the Lakers’ final four games aren’t going to be a walk in the park either (The Lakers match up with the Spurs and Thunder on Friday and Sunday) and with Kobe Bryant still out of commission…

  • The Milwaukee Bucks Sneak In… In the immortal words of Vic The Brick, the race for the 7th and 8th seed in the Eastern Conference is tighter than a Queen Latifah jumpsuit. The Bucks are two games behind the current 8th seed, Philadelphia 76ers and the two teams will face on April 25th. The Sixers are in the midst of a three game losing streak while the Bucks are 6-4 in their last ten. Can the Bucks catch the Sixers? Then there’s the Knicks. Can the Knicks hold onto the 7th seed? Will Melo with all of his girth lead them into the promise land? 

  • The 6, 7, 8s in the West: The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are in the midst of a tug for the war for the final seed. Currently Suns have the advantage, but anything is possible. Perhaps, the Jazz over take both the Rockets and Suns for the final seed. It’ll be a photo finish for the final spot. The Nuggets and Mavericks could potentially flip positions. 
Over in the Eastern Conference, the playoff picture is much clear than their west coast counterparts. 
Chicago, Miami, Indiana, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando all have clinched playoff spots leaving the seventh and eighth seed open to New York, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. 
Following the Bulls’ surprising loss to the Wizards last night, it is possible for the Heat to catch up and take the top seed in the East. While the Bulls’ loss was out of character, but Thibodeau did not play Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. While they wouldn’t have home court advantage against the Heat in a possible Eastern Conference final, the second seed would see the Bulls take on the Knicks in the first round and the winner of the Pacers/Magic series in the second round…Perhaps that’s a more favorable match up for the Bulls than the Celtics in the second round. 
Guys, the playoffs are coming. 

Over in the Eastern Conference, the playoff picture is much clear than their west coast counterparts. 

Chicago, Miami, Indiana, Boston, Atlanta and Orlando all have clinched playoff spots leaving the seventh and eighth seed open to New York, Philadelphia and Milwaukee. 

Following the Bulls’ surprising loss to the Wizards last night, it is possible for the Heat to catch up and take the top seed in the East. While the Bulls’ loss was out of character, but Thibodeau did not play Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. While they wouldn’t have home court advantage against the Heat in a possible Eastern Conference final, the second seed would see the Bulls take on the Knicks in the first round and the winner of the Pacers/Magic series in the second round…Perhaps that’s a more favorable match up for the Bulls than the Celtics in the second round. 

Guys, the playoffs are coming. 

With last night’s loss to the Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder have slid down to the second seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. With five games left in the season, is it possible for the Thunder to reclaim the first seed? Aside from two games with Sacramento, the remaining schedule is a little difficult. The surging and surprising Phoenix Suns, the Lakers at Staples, and Nuggets. 
The Thunder as well as the Spurs, Lakers, and Clippers all have clinched playoff spots in Western Conference, seeds five through eight all appear to be up for grabs. 
Hold onto your butts, it’s going to be a great finish. 
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

With last night’s loss to the Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder have slid down to the second seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. With five games left in the season, is it possible for the Thunder to reclaim the first seed? Aside from two games with Sacramento, the remaining schedule is a little difficult. The surging and surprising Phoenix Suns, the Lakers at Staples, and Nuggets. 

The Thunder as well as the Spurs, Lakers, and Clippers all have clinched playoff spots in Western Conference, seeds five through eight all appear to be up for grabs. 

Hold onto your butts, it’s going to be a great finish. 

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

2011 Eastern Conference Finals: The End.

2011 Eastern Conference Finals: The End.

3-1

“Deal with it.”

3-1

Deal with it.”

You had to see it to appreciate it, but Kyle Korver set the Indoor World Record for running backwards on this play.

However, if you look real close, you can see the pee going down the side of his leg…

You had to see it to appreciate it, but Kyle Korver set the Indoor World Record for running backwards on this play.

However, if you look real close, you can see the pee going down the side of his leg…

You sweep the Lakers, you get the SI Cover.

You sweep the Lakers, you get the SI Cover.

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