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Mace & Crown | April 22, 2018

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The NBA is Just Heating Up

The NBA is Just Heating Up

The 2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Has Been Full of Surprises

We watched the Pistons’ Brandon Knight get ran over like a freight train by the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry hit 270 three-pointers this season, breaking the NBA single season record three-pointers

The Miami Heat rolled out 27 consecutive wins, falling just six games short of the Los Angeles Lakers historic streak.

Although overshadowed by the Heat, The Denver Nuggets pulled off a 15-game winning streak. This was not the longest streak in the Western Conference this year (The Clippers tossed out 17 in a row).  What made the Nuggets’ streak so impressive, is that they did it without having one player on the roster that was seriously considered for the All-Star team.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant suffered the worst injury of his career.  Bryant shuffled off the court after rupturing his Achilles tendon, but not before showing true mamba mentality by making two free throws to help the Lakers win a pivotal game against the Warriors.

The Boston Celtics took a steep fall from the top.  Midway through the season Boston lost point guard Rajon Rondo after he tore his ACL, leaving the championship roster of the 2007-08 Celtics with just two pieces; Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“I’m excited to watch all of the playoff series, especially the Thunder vs. Rockets.  I am also excited to watch Stephen Curry and Golden State play,” said NBA fan Reggie Lewis.

The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies will meet in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.  After last year’s disappointing first round, the Grizzlies hope to redeem themselves with Zach Randolph leading the way.  The Clippers have an edge this season with eight players averaging at least eight points per game.

The no. 7 Lakers will be facing the no. 2 San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs without Bryant and will also likely be missing Steve Nash.  Both Los Angeles and San Antonio have struggled with recent injuries. Steve Blake, Dwight Howard, and Paul Gasol must step up for Los Angeles.  With Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, Tim Duncan, and Kawhi Leonard all healthy; yet at the same time the Spurs do stand a good chance at taking the series.

Curry has led the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time since 1994.  The no. 3 Denver Nuggets will face the no. 6 Golden State Warriors. “I anticipate this series to be very exciting with high scoring games.  I also expect Andre Iguodala to have a good series,” said NBA fan Demetrius Whipple.  This season, the Nuggets have proven they can hang with the elite class of the West.  The Nuggets have beaten the Thunder and Grizzlies three times each, the Clippers twice, and the Spurs once.  It will be interesting to see how Denver plays in the post season.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will lead the no. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder as they play the no. 8 Houston Rockets in an exciting seven-game series.  The Thunder earned 60 wins without Harden, last season’s sixth man of the year.  The Rockets have exceeded expectations with Harden leading the way,  in attempt to prove why he turned down a contract extension from the best team in the West.  The Rockets will also look to Jeremy Lin to spice things up with ‘Linsanity’ this postseason.

The no. 7 Celtics will be facing the No. 2 Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.  If Garnett is playing with the same intensity as his playoff run last season then the Celtics could give the Knicks a run for their money.  The Knicks, of course will look to this season’s leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, to continue his remarkable play.  With Anthony shooting well and help from a fiery J.R. Smith, the Knicks will be hard to beat.

The no. 3 Indiana Pacers will face the no. 6 Atlanta Hawks.  The Pacers’ hard-hitting defense will be difficult to overcome. The Hawks will answer back to this tough defense with Kyle Kover, DeShawn Stephenson and John Jenkins sinking open shots from the perimeter.

The no. 4 Brooklyn Nets will host the no. 5 Chicago Bulls in game one, marking the first pro postseason game in Brooklyn since the 1956 World Series.  The Nets’ point-guard Deron Williams, with his new focus and scoring ability, will play a key role for the Nets.  “This is going to be a good one.  Without Rose the Bulls are doing really well. I Noah will step up,” said NBA fan Demetrius Whipple.

As defending Champs, the Miami Heat are the team to beat.  The no. 8 Milwaukee Bucks will have the toughest matchup in the Eastern Conference, facing the Heat.  The Heat have multiple weapons in Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, not to mention a bench that can hold their own.

Jasmine Blackwell

Staff Writer

  • james

    You’re right on about the Nuggets; it IS interesting, thus far, to see how they are performing in the playoffs. They barely squeak out the first game at home, and lose the second to GSW in decisive fashion. I’m a bit nervous with the way they’re playing, but I guess some credit should be given to the deadly shooters from out West! I saw some of last night’s game on the TVs here at work, but when my shift at DISH was over I hopped on the bus and turned the game on live. I have DISH Anywhere, the new app that lets me take my live TV and DVR wherever I go. It’s cool being able to stay connected to my Team from wherever, but they need to tighten up the defense for game 3!