Friday, April 27, 2012

Daily Discussion: The NBA Playoffs

Western Conference Finals?  Eh...probably not
The abbreviated 66-game NBA regular season came to a close last night, and with the playoffs starting tomorrow it's time to drive a wedge between our readers and contributors who might otherwise exist harmoniously with our shared love of the Horned Frogs.

In case you haven't had a chance to get acquainted with this year's bracket, you can peruse that sucker by clicking here.   The defending champion Mavericks, who even the staunchest MFFLs would admit are a shadow of last year's squad, stumbled down the stretch and ended up as the #7 seed in the west.  They'll face Oklahoma City in a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals starting tomorrow night.

For our friends from down south of the border (which is somewhere near New Braunfels), the Spurs are right where they were a year ago with home-court advantage all the way through the Western Conference Playoffs.  The smart-ass in me wants to draw parallels to how they blew it in the first round to #8 seed Memphis a year ago, but the reasonable basketball observer in me knows that this is a much deeper Spurs team and this year's #8, Utah, pales in comparison to last year's very underrated Grizz.

Here's where you, the regular Spit Blood reader who is normally too shy to comment on posts, come in.  What do you take of the Mavs' chances as they try to defend their first title?  I doubt many out there are picking them to go all the way again- but how far do you think they can make it?  How realistically has Poppovich put the Spurs in position to win #5? Who do you think will come out of each confernece, and do you expect any first round upsets?

13 comments:

RicketyFrog said...

One and done for the Mavs.

Lyle Lanley said...

You're probably right, but I think they can at least push the Sonics to 7.

Lyle Lanley said...

6 I mean.

Lyle Lanley said...

But I still mean Sonics. Non-plural sports names are for the WNBA.

general125 said...

But Sonics in OKC makes as much sense as the Jazz in Utah.

Neither the Spurs nor the Mavs make it to the Western Conference Finals.

Thunder and Heat in the final.

ThunderFrog said...

Mavs lose in five - Thunder Up suckas!!!!

JM said...

NBA basketball... who cares!

purplepeopleater said...

Oklawho???

janorman74 said...

Spurs all the way - anything else is a bust

Mavs out in 5

Timmy D gets the thumb ring and peaces out.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

I'm gonna go against the grain and actually pick Memphis to catch fire and make the finals. Randolph is back and rounding into form, and they have Rudy Gay this year. They can play different styles and have a consistent low post scorer in Randolph that OKC doesn't have. The tug of war between Westbrook and Durant will destroy them at some point.

The Mavs just don't have the horses this year. Can't see them overcoming OKC's depth, athleticism, and younger legs. While I'm going with Memphis, I also wouldn't rule out one last run for the Spurs. Ginobili wasn't healthy last year, Duncan has had plenty of rest and has been very effective, and Tony Parker took his game to a new level this year. Pop is still the best coach in the league. Could see one more ring to cap off the Duncan era.

SnK said...

Picking Memphis isn't going against the grain, it's siding with Bill Simmons. That's shameful.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

Considering nobody else is picking them I think it definitely counts. Most think LAL, OKC, or San Antonio to come out of the West.

SnK said...

Except for Bill Simmons. Shame on you.