Baseball is coming up on one (1) month into it’s season. The NFL is preparing for the draft. While the NHL playoffs started earlier this week the NBA playoffs get under way today.
The NBA 1st round match ups look like this. In the Eastern conference; #1 Indiana Pacers vs. #8 Atlanta Hawks. #2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Charlotte Bobcats. #3 Toronto Raptors vs. #6 Brooklyn Nets. #4 Chicago Bulls vs. #5 Washington Wizards.
In the Western conference it’s #1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #8 Dallas Mavericks. #2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #7 Memphis Grizzlies. #3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. #6 Golden State Warriors. #4 Houston Rockets vs. #5 Portland Trailblazers.
There are some good 1st round match ups, but all the talk seems to be centered around the #3 seed vs. the #6 seed in both conferences. A lot of experts think the Nets may have tried to work their way into the #6 seed to get the match up against Toronto. The Nets have been one of the top teams in the NBA since January 1st and there veterans seem healthy and rested for the playoffs. Will they be the surprise team in the East? The talking has started in the Clippers/Warriors series already. Klay Thompson said that Blake Griffin flops and I believe he called him a bull in a china shop as well. The Warriors Andrew Bogut is out for this series and while that provides some inside match ups for the Clippers to take advantage of it will give the Warriors a chance to play small and make it tougher on the Clippers DeAndre Jordan or maybe even limit his minutes.
In the East it’s tough to see any other team except Miami going to the finals. Indiana has such struggles down the stretch you have to wonder if they’ll be able to get ready mentally for the playoffs. The Nets had a great regular season record against the Heat, but that was the regular season. I don’t have the guts to call a Bobcats upset over Miami in the 1st round either. Out West in really think you could put all eight (8) teams names in a hat and pick the winner out of it. I really believe that any of these eight teams could come out of the West, but I think the winner of the Rockets/Trailblazers series might surprise a 2nd round opponent and go to the conference finals. With the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers all missing the playoffs you’d have to think the NBA itself is rooting for the a Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder match up for the finals. The best possible outcome for the NBA would be the two (2) best players (LeBron James & Kevin Durant) matching up.
The NHL playoffs got started this week and here are the match ups we’re looking at. In the Eastern conference it’s the Boston Bruins vs. the Detroit Red Wings; Detroit leads the series 1 – 0. Tampa Bay Lighting vs. the Montreal Canadians; Montreal leads the series 2 – 0. The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets; Pittsburgh leads the series 1 – 0. New York Rangers vs. the Philadelphia Flyers; New York leads the series 1 – 0. In the Western conference it’s the St. Louis Blues vs. the Chicago Blackhawks; St. Louis leads the series 1 – 0. The Colorado Avalanche vs. the Minnesota Wild; Colorado leads the series 1 – 0. The San Jose Sharks vs. the Los Angeles Kings; San Jose leads the series 1 – 0. The Anaheim Ducks vs. the Dallas Stars; the Ducks lead the series 2 – 0.
While these series have started and it’s hard to call upsets and stuff like that Dan the Man and I did talk some hockey on Wednesday’s show. We both like to see the Blackhawks repeat as we live in the Chicago area, but will have to see if they can bounce back from a triple overtime loss in Game 1. I was leaning towards the Wild as kind of my surprise team, but they lost a tough Game 1 to Colorado. I thought Jonathan Quick was going to come up big for the Kings and they would be a Stanley Cup contender, but they dropped Game 1 as well. Pittsburgh had a tougher Game 1 than I thought they would, but they came out of it a winner. Detroit is a tough 1st round match up for anyone and might be able to get past the Bruins in round 1. There’s a long, long way to go in these series; so will see how they play out over this weekend and into next week.
As we get closer and closer to the NFL draft I see more and more mock drafts. I caught one the other day, but I don’t remember which expert it was who out it out, but he had quarterback Teddy Bridgewater dropping all the way to the 1st pick in the 2nd round going to the Houston Texans there. It was an interesting choice of a quarterback who would drop. In most of the experts eyes it’s Johnny Manziel being the quarterback that will drop out of the 1st round. As we all know none of this is a science. I saw a draft a few weeks ago that had Khalil Mack being the 1st player chosen, but then expert released another draft a week later and had Mack just outside the top 10. My guess was he out Mack in his #1 spot so people would talk about his mock draft and it worked his is one of the drafts I remember. Maybe we can get Dan the Man or Mr. Fantasy to put together the first ever Sports Time Radio mock draft.
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So how was your week?