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One Game Down.....and Jive So Far

Eastern Conference

(1)DETROIT vs. (8) Milwaukee
Nice job, BUCKS choking away a fifth seed and winding up 8th...this isn't like cross country...where low score wins!
Mike Redd is for real and will score...but this matchup is like like Green Berets against boy scouts...Detroit will win easily...4-0 or at worst 4-1.....
Game one shows the value of team defense...Detroit 92...Bucks 74....Hey Bogut....where the hell did you get those thigh length black socks??? Rasheed shows why he's the unguardable player agianst these guys....inside/outside combo too much..and Michael Redd.....better show more or you'll wind up with your pic on milk cartons!!

(2)MIAMI vs. (7)Chicago
The Heat will win this one, but it won't be easy. Their bench, with all those guys named Jones, is gone....and Shaq/Alonzo are getting old, but D. Wade will not let them lose this series....and he's become one of the top 5 in the game today...BUT the BULLS are hot, and are a good perimeter shooting team, which MIAMI has trouble defending against..and that's the BULLS Game.. Figure the HEAT in 6....and a LOT closer than many expect. If Shaq is hurt, the BULLS could win in 6 or 7..

Heat 111, Bulls 106....getting nervous Miami fans? you won game one...but as predicted it was FAR from easy...and with a few breaks the Bulls could have won....their hustle and young legs will pay off with a long series here...

(3)NEW JERSEY vs. (6) Indiana
(Indiana won 2-1)
Since New Jersey's been hot lately, this looks like a mismatch. But Indiana has a tendency to play scrappy, and not give up. And Jason Kidd only seems to be able to shoot against Detroit, but with him, Vince, and Jefferson, they have more overall talent than Indiana (less Artest). But if Peja can shoot well, and Jermaine O'Neal controls the boards, this one will be an upset, but I see New Jersey in 6 or 7.

Indiana 90.....New Jersey 88.....so Vince Carter takes shooting lessons from that notorious bricklayer Jason Kidd.....Pacers NEVER make things easy on anybody...and could take this series...if another scorer beyond J O'Neal surfaces...Rick Carlisle has gone thru HELL this year, w/ Artest, etc....and should get some thought on coach of the year..but not enough wins

(4)CLEVELAND vs. (5)Washington
(Washington won 3-1)
LeBron will be (obviously) the dominant player in this one....and Gilbert Arenas will shoot more than Bonnie and Clyde Barrow, but it won't be enough. Cleveland is the better overall team....but does lack playoff experience. Cleveland in 5 or 6

Cavs 97..Wiz 86.....Hmmm did I call this one? LOL....LeBron Dominated!!! he may wind up the next Michael Jordan...and actuallyhas MORE skills at an earlier age then even MJ did.....if he stays healthy and hard working, he will re-write the record books in the NBA...


WESTERN CONFERENCE
(1)SAN ANTONIO vs. (8)Sacramento
(San Antonio won 2-1)
San Antonio is a funny team to watch...nobody appears to be playing all that well, but they very seldom lose! Why? best defense in the West, and nice inside/outside game with Duncan and Ginobili/Parker/Horry/etc...and they added Finley too, who will play BETTER in the playoffs.....SA in 4 the KINGS are really court jesters...against SA.

Total domination as expected 122-88 boring after about 5 minutes...put a fork in the Kings they're outta here....

(2)PHOENIX vs. (7)Los Angeles
(Phoenix won 3-1)
Hmm Kobe vs. the world....sorry media center darling, it isn't enough to beat the Suns, a much better overall team. And though I haven't heard his name as an MVP candidate, Shawn Marion has stepped up BIG time in the absence of Amare. Nash will control this one...though a weak defender, the boys got skills...the Lakers need to add 2 or 3 REAL NBA type players....or Bryant should sue for non support....SUNS in 5

Hmmm Suns played only fair...and still won 107-102...and surprise...everybody else on LA played better than expected...except superman!!! Kobe will shoot a LOT more....now, but it won't help...the Lakers are history...imagine some people preeicted they'd make the finals! even the USA today newspaper!!! jeezus some journalists!

(3)DENVER vs. (6)Los Angeles
(Clippers 89...Nuggets 87...Hmm Carmelo vs. Elton Brand.....(hey Bulls..where would you be w/ him??) This shakes out as scoring vs. rebounding and defense...and I see the Clippers winning in 6 ...UPSET special.

One down and three to go....Carmelo and crew will win one or two..but WILL lose this series....to the superior defense and rebounding team


(4)DALLAS vs. (5)Memphis
(Dallas won 3-1)
Even though Nowitzke is a GREAT scorer, he's WAY too soft for a 7 footer..and can be knocked off his game with physical play...and when things go bad, he has a tendency to blame teammates (always good for morale) but other than Gasol, the Grizzlies should mostly be in the CBA...so Dallas, with GREAT coaching by Avery Johnson (hey Mavs..there's this phase of the game called defense..and he has them playing it) will prevail in 4 or 5 .

This one's still going on....but looks like a Mavs win...but both teams look REAL sloppy....and Pau Gasol is missing in action..but Dallas will win even if Mark Cuban has to suit up

I will update and make predictions as the playoffs go on....but overall, it's DEJA VU BABY!!!! w/ the Pistons and the Spurs emerging again....but THIS time (referees allowing people to at least look at Parker/Ginobili w/o fouls) Detroit will win in 6....if called closely by the zebras, Detroit will win in 7....
Home Court advantage is no joke this time of year....
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