With the NBA playoffs set to kick off this Saturday after a condensed regular season, I have some bold playoff predictions.
- Andrew Bynum will solidify himself as the best big man in the game.
The fact that Dwight Howard quit on his team and will miss the playoffs with an injured back bodes well for Bynum. Nonetheless, the dude has been an absolute freak this year, racking up 18.7 and 11.8 rebounds per game.
Also, the fact that he got some time without Kobe Bryant in the lineup will help him in the long run. Look for Bynum to have a huge playoff run.
- The Zombie Sonics are still too young.
Supes fans rejoice, but it’s still not the year for Kevin Durant and Co. The simple fact that they averaged 16.3 turnovers per game (worst in the NBA) means that they are still too immature.
Furthermore, they still have an alpha dog problem between Durant and Russell Westbrook. If Westbrook can’t realize that this is Durant’s team then OKC may need to look elsewhere for a true PG.
- Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls will not make it past the second round.
At this point, it is likely they will be matched up with the Celtics, who have been playing their best basketball since the All-Star break. Without Rose, the Bulls could find themselves in trouble early on in the series.
With Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley attacking in the fast break, the C’s are seriously dangerous right now and the Bulls lack a solid scoring option if Rose does indeed miss time, if he is healthy the Bulls should be fine though.
- If the Knicks can keep their first round series close against the Heat, game six could be pivotal in LeBron James’ legacy.
Imagine this, the Knicks are either a game back or a game up on the Heat as the series shifts back to New York for game six. It would be in front of a resurgent New York crowd with the most hated man in basketball coming center stage.
If he chokes and the Heat get ousted in the first round, it will be remembered forever. But, if he clutches up and turns in a performance for the ages, this playoffs could be remembered as the one that transformed James’ career.
- Chris Paul will take it to a whole another level.
People forget just how good CP3 truly is. Does anyone remember him in last year’s playoffs against the Lakers when he almost beat them singlehandedly?
The dude averaged 22 points, 6.7 rebounds and 11.5 assists in the playoffs last year while shooting 54 percent from the floor. Seriously, this guy is going to be a monster and he is going to show Michael Conley exactly what it takes to be an elite point guard.
Needless to say, I am excited as ever to watch some playoff basketball. After having to suffer through watching the last Celtics-Heat matchup that was oddly similar to a women’s JV game, I am ready to see superstars clash and elbows thrown.
Except from you, Metta.