The NBA playoffs start this weekend and with RCT being your one stop shop for all things NBA, here is a preview and predictions for the playoffs. I'm sure most of us are just rooting for former Jayhawks and there are plenty of them in this year's playoffs. There is a good chance that one will end up with a ring. Please note that I have watched a total of 1 quarter of 1 game this year so I think I know a little something about the NBA. Uneducated opinions to follow.
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks
Paul Pierce vs. a member of the 2003 Syracuse team. Massive edge: Boston
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets
For those who missed it, Brandon Rush tore a couple of ligaments in his knee the second game of the season. He had surgery and has been without crutches for a couple of weeks now. Unfortunately, he still won't see the court until next year. Even with the best player in the arena on the sidelines, Golden State will sweep the Nuggets.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
This will be an evenly matched game featuring 2 KU greats. Kirk Hinrich against Tyshawn Taylor. I have to give a slight edge to Kirk as he will be seeing more minutes than T2.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers
Memphis used to have 3 Jayhawks in Darrell Arthur, Selby and X. That is down to 1 now as Darrell is the only one left. Memphis easily wins and DA shuts Blake Griffin down with some highlight reel blocks.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers
A dorky rookie center will manhandle Tyler Hansbrough giving the ATL the W.
LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
In a shocking move RC Buford puts his son, former bench great Chase Buford on the roster. Lead by his cheering on the sideline and holding the team back after big dunks, the Spurs destroy the Lakers.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Another great matchup with 2 legendary Jayhawks. Drew Gooden and Mario Chalmers both have their jerseys retired at KU but Mario earned one more ring than Drew during their times at Kansas. Slight edge: Miami
Houston vs Oklahoma City
In the best matchup of the first round we have the Trob led Rockets going up against the Nick Collison led Thunder. Both were impressive big men at Kansas, both lost in the championship in their last games at KU and both will have lengthy NBA careers when it is all said and done. Houston gets a narrow edge here for having Cole and Marcus on the team earlier in the season.
Finals: Houston over Miami