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2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket Picture

2012 NBA Playoff MatchupsThe conclusion to the strike-shortened 2012 NBA basketball season is about to come to an end and that means it’s playoff time.  With just a handful of regular season games left, the playoff picture in both the Eastern and Western Conferences is becoming much more clear.

In the NBA East, the Chicago Bulls have just about wrapped up the #1 seed after beating the defending champion Dallas Mavericks last night.  The Miami Heat, who lost to the Washington Wizards without Lebron James, Dewayne Wade, and Chris Bosh last night will end up with the #2 seed.  The #3 seed will go to the surprising Indiana Pacers, while the Boston Celtics will get the #4 seed as the Atlantic Division champion.  The Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers also will be post-season participants.  If the season were to end today, here are what the match-ups would be in the Eastern Conference:

  • #1 Chicago Bulls vs #8 Philadelphia 76ers
  • #2 Miami Heat vs #7 New York Knicks
  • #3 Indiana Pacers vs #6 Orlando Magic
  • #4 Boston Celtics vs #5 Atlanta Hawks

In the NBA West, the San Antonio Spurs have a 1/2 game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the top seed.  The Thunder trail by 1 game in the loss column but can catch the Spurs should they lose any of their remaining 4 games- the Thunder have 3 games left. The LA Lakers and LA Clippers are also still fighting it out for the #3 and #4 seeds.  Currently, the Lakers own a 1/2 game lead but both teams are tied with 24 losses.  The Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks have all but locked up wildcard spots but the Utah Jazz still have some work to do to secure the #8 seed.  The Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets are both just 1 game back.  While much can still changes, here is what the match-ups would look like in the West if the season ended today:

  • #1 San Antonio Spurs vs #8 Utah Jazz
  • #2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs #7 Dallas Mavericks
  • #3 LA Lakers vs #6 Denver Nuggets
  • #4 LA Clippers vs #5 Memphis Grizzlies

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MVP Derrick Rose Lifts Bulls over Hawks in Game 3

Derrick Rose

The Bulls Derrick Rose scores a career playoff high 44 points in the Bulls 99-82 victory in Game 3

Newly crowned NBA MVP Derrick Rose played inspired basketball on Friday night in a 99-82 Chicago Bulls victory.  Rose scored a career playoff high 44 points on 16-27 shooting including 4-7 from 3 point land and 8-9 from the line.  Rose also added 7 assists and 5 rebounds to go along with a blocked shot and a steal.  What is most impressive about this performance is the fact that Derrick appears to finally be healthy after spraining his ankle in the Pacers series and again in Game 1.  Since the injury Rose has appeared to be hesitant to drive into the lane and draw contract and get to the free throw line.  In game 3 we saw the Derrick Rose that is the best and most complete player in the NBA- one that hits his jump shots and creates in the lane.

The Bulls victory however was not all Derrick Rose.  The Bulls stifling defense and ability to rebound also deserves a lot of credit.   The defense held 5 time NBA Allstar Joe Johnson to just 10 points on 4-12 shooting.  The only bright spots for the Hawks were Josh Smith who contributed 17 points and 13 rounds and Jeff Teague who led the team with 21.  The Bulls out rebounded the Hawks 47-34 including 18 offensive rebounds compared to the 9 for the Hawks. Despite that fact that Joakim Noah scored only 2 points he played some impressive D, grabbed 15 boards (8 offensive), and tallied 5 block shots.

Another key contributor for the Bulls was Taj Gibson who filled in nicely for the struggling, injured, and foul plagued Carlos Boozer.  Taj added 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 265 minutes of action.

The win in game 3 gives the Bulls a 2-1 advantage over the Atlanta Hawks in the best of seven Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Game 4 will be held in Atlanta on Sunday 5/8/2011.  If the Bulls win game 4 they will have a chance to clinch the series in Game 5 in Chicago on 5/10/2010.

NBA Playoffs Recap and Schedule

This post probably isn’t as timely as it should be, but it’s mid-way through the Round 1 games and this should be a nice little recap and forecast:

 NBA Playoff Schedule:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

So far in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls have taken home the W in 3 of the 4 games.  These games, for the most part have been very close in scoring.  The Pacers finally won the 4th game.  As always, Derrick Rose, point guard for the Bulls, has been the glue that holds the team together.  Hopefully his ankle sprain from last night doesn’t completely derail him and his team.

The same holds true for the Heat over the 76ers.  The second game had a 20 point lead over the Sixers.   The Sixers just don’t have the skill and experience of Wade, Bosch and James.

The Celtics crushed the Knicks in four games; therefore they have won the series and are moving on in the tournament. Boston is gunning for the championships that they feel they were robbed of last year.

The Hawks and the Magic are very evenly matched.  Atlanta narrowly beat out Orlando in 3 of the four games.  The Magic just put too much stock in Dwight Howard, while the Hawks seem to be a more rounded team.

Chicago vs. Indiana

Game 1 - Chicago 104, Indiana 99
Game 2 - Chicago 96, Indiana 90
Game 3 - Chicago 88, Indiana 84
Game 4 - Indiana 89, Chicago 84
Game 5 - Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT

Miami vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 - Miami 97, Philadelphia 89
Game 2 - Miami 94, Philadelphia 73
Game 3 - Miami 100, Philadelphia 94
Game 4 - Philadelphia 86, Miami 82
Game 5 - Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD

Boston vs. New York

Game 1 - Boston 87, New York 85
Game 2 - Boston 96, New York 93
Game 3 - Boston 113, New York 96
Game 4 - Boston 101, New York 89
Celtics win series 4-0

Orlando vs. Atlanta

Game 1 - Atlanta 103, Orlando 93
Game 2 - Orlando 88, Atlanta 82
Game 3 - Atlanta 88, Orlando 84
Game 4 - Atlanta 88, Orlando 85
Game 5 - Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

In the Western Conference, the Spurs have lost one of three games about the Grizzlies.  Zach Randolph and Mike Conley of the Grizzlies drove to the basket and kept Memphis ahead, and suddenly the Grizzlies are looking quite good to take the series.  They are forcing the Spurs to look inexperienced and sloppy.  Their next appearance is tonight.

The Lakers and Hornets are neck and neck.  The games have averaged about 10 points between the winners and losers.  Chris Paul of the Hornets is most definitely the best all-around point guard in the NBA; he has the skill to change games on his own.  This is an interesting series!

The Trailblazers finally decided to show up to the game for the last two games.  They’re willing to give the Mavericks a run for their money.  Tonight’s game should be excellent.

The OKC Thunder is the little team that could.  They might not have the history to back up their team like the Bulls, Lakers or Celtics, but they’re not messing around either.

San Antonio vs. Memphis

Game 1 - Memphis 101, San Antonio 98
Game 2 - San Antonio 93, Memphis 87
Game 3 - Memphis 91, San Antonio 88
Game 4 - Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 - Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

L.A. Lakers vs. New Orleans

Game 1 - New Orleans 109, L.A. Lakers 100
Game 2 - L.A. Lakers 87, New Orleans 78
Game 3 - L.A. Lakers 100, New Orleans 86
Game 4 - New Orleans 93, L.A. Lakers 88
Game 5 - Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 6 - Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT

Dallas vs. Portland

Game 1 - Dallas 89, Portland 81
Game 2 - Dallas 101, Portland 89
Game 3 - Portland 97, Dallas 92
Game 4 - Portland 84, Dallas 82
Game 5 - Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 6 - Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT

Oklahoma City vs. Denver

Game 1 - Oklahoma City 107, Denver 103
Game 2 - Oklahoma City 106, Denver 89
Game 3 - Oklahoma City 97, Denver 94
Game 4 - Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

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Top Events this weekend – March 18 -20

So, here it is Wednesday again already.

Obviously the NCAA Tournament and March Madness is really getting under way and is therefore very popular this weekend.  The two 2nd/3rd Round tournaments that are getting a lot of attention are the Charlotte and Tulsa sessions.  The teams of note playing in Charlotte include University of North Carolina (Tarheels) and Duke Blue Devils.  The teams of note playing in Tulsa include the Texas Longhorns and the Arizona  Wildcats.  Next big events are the Regional Tournaments happening in Newark (East), Anaheim (West), New Orleans (Southeast) and San Antonio (Southwest).

Of your oddball popular events, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live is sitting pretty in the number 6 position.  Do not underestimate the popularity of children’s theater including Barney, Elmo, Imagination Movers and the Wiggles.  KC and the Sunshine Band is also oddly on the list.  Are you ready t “Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight?”   Perhaps their reemergence came from Casey’s appearance on America Idol last year?  Who knows.

Zac Brown Band shows up twice on the list.  I’m sure it’s due to the first hints of warmness in the air with spring and his fun, “sitting around the campfire drinking a beer” type music.  The Zac Brown Band lead the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2011, with a total of nine nominations including: Top Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Event of the Year.  Jimmy Buffett, Duane Cahill, Aaron Carman and guitar virtuoso Tony Rice join Alan Jackson as special guests on the new Zac Brown Band album, “You Get What You Give,” which was released on September 21, 2010.  ZBB is a band you should get to know.

Top Events for the Weekend of March 18 – 20

1.)    Lady Gaga, Energy Solutions, Salt Lake, UT – March 19th

2.)    NCAA Tournament Charlotte – March 18th

3.)    KC and the Sunshine Band, Tropicana Casino, Atlantic City, NJ – March 19th

4.)    Atlanta Hawks vs Miami Heat, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA – March 19th

5.)    Brady Paisley, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – March 19th

6.)    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – March 19th

7.)    Scotts Turf Builder 300, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN – March 19th

8.)    NCAA Tournament, BOK Center, Tulsa, OK – March 18th

9.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL – March 18th

10.) Zac Brown Band, The Wharf, Orange Beach, Alabama.

2010-11 NBA East Southeast Division Preview

Disocunt Orlando Magic TicketsIn part 2 of our 2010 NBA Preview we will be taking a look at the NBA Eastern Conference Southeast Division. This is no doubt one of the best conferences in the NBA loaded with good young talent and mega-superstars.  Not only do you have the Miami Heat stacked with Lebron, Wade, and Bosh, but you also have strong Orlando Magic and  Atlanta Hawks teams.

#1.  Miami Heat

Additions:  Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Eddie House, Mike Miller, Juwan Howard

Subtractions:  Quentin Richardson, Jermaine O’Neal, and Michael Beasley

Overview:  The Miami Heat are the easy favorites to win the NBA title with the addition of Lebron James and Chris Bosh to Dwayne Wade’s team.  There are certainly questions about the rest of the Heat team and who will be the “Man” but any team with 3 legitimate superstars will be sure to contend for a title.  With every fan and NBA team gunning for them it should make for an interesting season.

Ticket Demand:   A+++

Although the Miami Heat are not in the greatest sports market, the presence of Lebron James and Chris Bosh with Wade has generated a tremendous amount of buzz.  Combine the star power with the fact that this team will likely contend for a NBA title and ticket demand can’t be any greater.

#2.  Orlando Magic

Additions:  Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Daniel Orton

Subtractions:  Matt Barnes

Overview:  With all the hoopla surrounding the Miami Heat this season many people are forgetting about the talented team in Orlando.  The Magic also have star power in Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, and Vince Carter. The defending Southeast champs they will not hand over the crown easily.

Ticket Demand:   B+

Although Florida’s attention to basketball will be focused on Miami, fans in Orlando are excited about their chances as well.  Ticket demand for games against Miami should be huge!

#3.  Atlanta Hawks

Additions:  Josh Powell, Jordan Crawford

Subtractions:  None

Overview:  If you think the Orlando Magic are getting no respect in the Eastern Conference, have a look at the Atlanta Hawks.  The Hawks won 53 games last season and finished behind only the Cavs, who lost Lebron, and the Orlando Magic.  Joe Johnson and Josh Smith are back with a team that lost no one from last year and hope to build upon last year’s impressive season.

Ticket Demand:   B+

The NBA market in Atlanta is strong and with a solid team and marketable players like Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, ticket demand will be strong.

#4.  Washington Wizards

Additions:  John Wall, Kirk Hinrich, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian

Subtractions:  Randy Foye, Shaun Livingston, Mike Miller

Overview:  There is a lot of hype surrounding rookie John Wall and this team could be surprisingly good if Gilbert Arenas can adjust to being a shooting guard.  Expect some growing pains this season especially in a tough South East conference with several games against tough Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta teams

Ticket Demand:   B-

The Washington DC area is a strong sports market but interest has been low since the failed Jordan era ended.  Rookie John Wall will bring some excitement back to the Wizards franchise but they are likely a few years away from being a significant threat in the East.

#5.  Charlotte Bobcats

Additions:  Tyrus Thomas, Shaun Livingston, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera, Kwame Brown

Subtractions:  Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler, Alexis Ajinca, Theo Ratliff

Overview:  When the most talked about player on the Bobcats squad is Chicago Bulls cast off Tyrus Thomas, you know you have problems. Bobcats fans will be looking for another lottery pick next summer.

Ticket Demand:   D+

North Carolina is certain a state with strong ties to basketball but this teams leaves little for fans to be excited about.  With no superstar players, a dismal team, and mediocre market, ticket demand for Bobcats games is expected to be low.

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