As this truncated season winds down, things are becoming incredibly dramatic. Every game tonight will impact the current playoff brackets. I attempted to work all of the equations and theorems on a chalkboard based on tonight’s games, but I ran out of chalk and room on my chalkboard.
Let’s examine some of the more ‘sexy’ match ups and show downs:
The Great Los Angeles Hallway Derby Continues: After the Spurs thrashed Lakers last night, the Clippers are within a game of catching their Staples Center roommate. As we all know, the Lakers have the upper hand in case of a tie since they won regular season series (2-1), but if the Clippers were to win the rest of their games….it’s a possible that the Clippers could over the take the Lakers and earn a third seed and the Pacific Division title. The Clippers’ remaining games aren’t going to be easy (Denver, Phoenix, Atlanta, and New York), but the Lakers’ final four games aren’t going to be a walk in the park either (The Lakers match up with the Spurs and Thunder on Friday and Sunday) and with Kobe Bryant still out of commission…
The Milwaukee Bucks Sneak In… In the immortal words of Vic The Brick, the race for the 7th and 8th seed in the Eastern Conference is tighter than a Queen Latifah jumpsuit. The Bucks are two games behind the current 8th seed, Philadelphia 76ers and the two teams will face on April 25th. The Sixers are in the midst of a three game losing streak while the Bucks are 6-4 in their last ten. Can the Bucks catch the Sixers? Then there’s the Knicks. Can the Knicks hold onto the 7th seed? Will Melo with all of his girth lead them into the promise land?
The 6, 7, 8s in the West: The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are in the midst of a tug for the war for the final seed. Currently Suns have the advantage, but anything is possible. Perhaps, the Jazz over take both the Rockets and Suns for the final seed. It’ll be a photo finish for the final spot. The Nuggets and Mavericks could potentially flip positions.
Very few people envisioned Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals going the way it did on Tuesday night. The Celtics were able to put together two huge wins at home to even the series at 2-2, but it was widely assumed that the Heat would take Game 5 at home and then close out the series either in Boston of Miami. The “aging” Celtics had other plans.
ESPN accidentally crowned the Heat victorious before Tuesday’s game ended. A picture that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with a banner that read “1 Win From the NBA Finals” was up for a very brief time on the NBA on ESPN Facebook page before being replaced with one that features Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.
Maybe David Stern really does have some stuff going on behind the scenes…lol
Allen Iverson reportedly attending Celtics-Sixers Game 6 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has reportedly invited one of the best players in team history back to the City of Brotherly Love for a critical Game 6. According to Steve Lindsay of CBS 3 in Philadelphia, the Sixers have asked Allen Iverson to attend Wednesday night’s game and help motivate the team to triumph over the Celtics in a must-win situation. SLAM Magazine has confirmed that Iverson accepted the invitation and will be in attendance.
The team is also reportedly going to pay tribute to Iversonat some point during the game, so it’s obvious they are trying to infuse some added electricity into the arena for the biggest game of the year. Iverson had his ups and downs with Philly and didn’t leave on the best terms, but no one ever questioned his ability to ignite a crowd as a player. Whether or not he can do that as a spectator remains to be seen.
As far as the game is concerned, the Sixers have no reason to believe they can’t win. They have shown a tremendous amount of poise late in games throughout the series, especially on their home court. The Celtics are probably a better team and should have finished the series in five or six games, but they have been far too inconsistent. If Philly plays with energy Wednesday night and can find ways to score, they should be able to force a Game 7 in Boston.