By Zachary Bennett and Josh Santos.
Hello, and welcome. I’ve been away from the BlogGame for sometime, so just to get moving, let’s not waste anytime. By ‘let’s’ I mean me, because I control how fast things move on this page full of content. Reminder: None of this would be possible without the help of Matt D’Anna. We’re in the midst of the second round of the NBA playoffs. After round one, here’s the scoreboard.
Now, it’s close, but Zach Oliver has the lead over everyone else while Kyle Neubeck holds down the bottom of standings. Now for the round two predictions. Notice: All predictions were done before the series. There is no tomfoolery happening here.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. San Antonio Spurs.
I’ll spare no mercy in shaming these two. Chris Reichert and Drew Corrigan picked the Blazers to defeat the Spurs in seven games. Remember, when trying to recapture your breath after laughing hysterically — inhale air slowly through the nose while exhaling, slowly, out the mouth.
Portland, already reliant on their starters, lost Mo Williams and Terry Stotts just doesn’t have the ammunition to compete at this point in the postseason. San Antonio is too experienced, deep, and well-coached to blow a 3-0 series lead. Shut it down, pack it up; it’s over. The Spurs are smiling all the way into the Western Conference Finals when Monday is over. As you may or may not be able to tell, nobody thought the Spurs would sweep. Three thought it would take five games, most thought this series would go six, and three more thought it would take seven games. Only one person thought the Spurs would win in seven. Onto the next.
This may seem confusing; I’ll do my best to clear it up. Not one person thought this series would be settled in five games or less. Six members of the staff think the Wizards would ultimately advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, while seven believe it will be Indiana that prevails. This is real, you guys, there are no patterns for this series. It’s all just a mess; fitting, because that’s what the Pacers and Wizards have played like throughout each game thus far.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat.
You may, or may not have, seen it by now. So I’m just going to leave this, here… Josh Santos will be taking over to finish these predictions.
With the Nets advancing to the second round (should’ve been the Raptors — Yes, I’m bitter) everyone on the staff has the Heat taking the series except for Zach. For some reason, Zach still thinks Brooklyn has a shot at taking down the defending champions. Adam, Rami and myself, Josh, have the Heat winning in five games while the rest of the team has the Heat winning in six games. Two things to note here:
- Zach is crazy for thinking the Nets will advance, but I’ll respect his brave opinion.
- He’s the only one to have the Nets winning in seven, for some odd reason.
As the Nets and Heat go on to Game Five, the Heat were on the cusp of a sweep until the Nets somehow won Game Three. With the Heat winning Game Four — LeBron James had 49 points, tying a playoff career record — the odds still look good for Adam, Rami and I, as the three of is still have the Heat in five. However, if they don’t win the next game, the rest of the guys, including Zach, still have the chance of being right in this series predictions.
This has probably been the most exciting playoffs series of the second round. The Clippers tied the series at 2-2 on Sunday, despite hearing notions insinuating the Thunder are the more talented and versatile team. The Clippers managed to blow out the Thunder in OKC in game one, while the Thunder bounced back by winning games two and three. This matchup is interesting from numerous reason.
Part of the Clippers successes can be attributed to Chris Paul playing harsh defense on Kevin Durant. However, Durant believes that his problem had more to do with being able to execute better against double-teams. Scott breaks down Durant’s struggles in his piece for Hardwood Paroxysm where he writes about the Clippers’ fourth quarter emergence to win the game.
Surprisingly, Rami, Quentin and myself Josh and Zach have the Clippers winning the series — Rami and I have them winning in six, which is still possible while Quentin and Zach have them winning in seven — while the rest of the staff have the young and talented Thunder team to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Kyle thinks this would be a piece of cake for the Thunder as he has them in five game – which isn’t possible anymore – while Adam, Chris, Drew and big boss Scott have the Thunder winning in six games.
Andy, Russell, Zach O and David have the Thunder in seven. Most of the staff here have the series extending a bit, moreover; only four here though the Clippers still have a legitimate chance to test and potentially eliminate the League’s MVP. Meanwhile, as for the rest of the staff, most believe that the Thunder will ultimately move onto the Western Conference Finals.