Playoffs are in full swing and some teams are already trying to wrap up their series to get some of that ever so needed rest in between rounds. And just like with any first round brackets, you’re usually gonna have alot of the same ‘ol same ‘ol but sometimes us fans will be lucky enough to witness a few surprises early in these match ups. Here are my TOP 5 MATCH UP SHOCKERS:
5. ) Boston/Miami
Most felt that Boston could not “turn on” their engines when playoff time came around much less roll over their first round opponent but they not only “turned on” their engines, they did it with a glimmer of their 2008 season. Last night though Dwayne Wade came out like a man possessed and threw up 46 pts. as if somehow saying farewell to Miami.
The Cavs are the majority favorites to win the title this year but the Chicago Bulls, although outmatched, still wanted to make Cleveland work hard for their second round advancement. Chicago is notorious for taking teams to the edge and pushing out 7 game series where there shouldn’t be 7 game series. Although Cleveland took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Bulls yesterday, I still get a feeling that Chicago will suck out another win over Cleveland and force a Game 6.
3.) San Antonio/Dallas
San Antonio seemed all but dead upon arrival in the Playoffs. And Mark Cuban beefed up is already talented team to assure the league they were serious about title contention. So what the hell is going on here? Well the Spurs have figured out a formula that includes, experience, will, teamwork and the proper blending of new blood and seasoned vets. And lets not forget the priceless leadership of Coach Pop. Who thought we’d see the Spurs and Lakers in the 2010 Western Conference Finals?
Not my ass.
With Okur and AK-47 out, what on Earth were the Utah Jazz supposed to do? Denver has plenty of length to throw out at Utah but even with the Jazz shorthanded they’ve managed to take a 3-1 lead over a frustrated Nuggets squad. Bottom line, Denver needs their coach and clearly do not function well without him and that’s a shame. We wish you a speedy recovery Coach Karl but can’t help to wonder how different things would be if Denver hadn’t lost you. Remember, the Nuggets were at one point the favorites to come out the West and finally arrive as the long awaited “Laker Killers”.
1.) Oklahoma/ Los Angeles
I can’t say enough about what Kevin Durant and Thunder are doing out there to Kobe and the Lakers. We knew this would be an exciting match up and we knew this young squad would tire out the Lakers a lil bit. But not many predicted that they could even win 1 against the defending champs much less tie up the series at 2 a piece. The Lakers are playing downright terrible basketball and Okalhoma is definitely capitalizing without a moment’s hesitation. Such is the benefit of having “nothing to lose”. Oh how exciting Game 5 will be!
What are your Playoff Shockers so far?
Dave E. Gold