The NBA playoffs started this past weekend and my twitter exploded with everyone’s thoughts about each game. So I thought it would be fun to do another rapid reaction and overreaction post. I did this in the beginning of the NBA season, and it was really interesting to see how everything turned out in comparison to my thoughts.
So let’s begin!
New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
Rapid Overreaction: The Knicks will have no problem beating the Celtics in four games.
If you have been watching the Knicks this season you know that this team is only deadly when their perimeter game is on point. Other than that they lack the defensive intensity, an inside threat, and Carmelo Anthony may shoot this team out of the playoffs if he continues to attempt 15 shots in one quarter.
Rapid Reaction: The Celtics will bounce back after game 1.
After the heartbreaking week the city of of Boston had, it was wonderful to see this team play with the city in their hearts. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will carry this team into a game two win, and on to the next round.
Winner: Celtics 4-2
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets
Rapid Overreaction: Derrick Rose will come back to Bulls and will lead this team to victory.
I doubt that Derrick Rose will be making a miraculous comeback. So I can see this series going a full seven games with Brooklyn barely making it out.
Rapid Reaction: The Barclay’s Center plays amazing music.
Winner: Brooklyn Nets 4-3
Indian Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks
Rapid Overreaction: The Indian Pacers will win the series 4-0.
I really think that this maybe true but the Hawks could steal a game at home and make it interesting. But with the Pacers youth, excellent defense, and the presence of Psycho T, it’ll definitely be a battle for Atlanta.
Rapid Reaction: This is only team in the East that can give Miami a little bit of trouble. I doubt they can beat the Heat, but if they do, it’ll be a great advantage for whoever comes out of the West.
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Rapid Overreaction/Reaction: I am going to combine these together because I think the Heat can beat the Bucks in four straight games. The combination of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh is just too much for the Bucks.
Winner: Miami Heat 4-0
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Rapid Overreaction: The Clippers will run the table and win 4-0.
This is the only series in the first round where we will see two potential rivals go head-to-head. In the first game the Clippers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter and cruise to an easy win. Memphis will adjust and make this a really good series. This series will go seven games with the Clippers winning the last game. But I say that hesitantly because the Grizzlies can beat this team if the Clippers try to play “Lob City” instead of smart basketball.
Rapid Reaction: Apart of me still wishes that Chris Paul was a Laker but I have gotten a lot better. I can actually watch a game without getting upset.
Winner: Clippers 4-3
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
Rapid Overreaction/Reaction: The Thunder will win the series 4-1.
Much like the Heat/Bucks series, the Thunder won’t have any trouble with the Houston. James Harden will be a problem but if Kevin Durant continues to dominate like he has been, the Rockets will have no answer for it.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors
Rapid Overreaction/reaction: I haven’t paid much attention to this series but I think Denver has the talent and depth to make it far into the playoffs. Definite bracket buster here.
Winner: Denver 4-2
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Rapid Overreaction: The Lakers will get swept and I will have to stop watching the rest of playoffs and take up knitting.
Call me an optimist but I actually think the Lakers can beat the Spurs. In game 1, the pick in roll was somewhat working, and Pau Gasol had a great game. If the Lakers can just limit their turnovers, get Dwight Howard involved early, and make some perimeter shots, they have a great chance at beating the Spurs. Also, if Metta World Peace and Steve Blake can be a pest on defense, then it could really limit Manu Ginobilli’s effectiveness off the bench.
But we’ll see, Mike D’Antoni isn’t known for making great adjustments.
Rapid Reaction: The Spurs are still one of the best coached team in the NBA.
Winner: Lakers 4-3
Realistically: Spurs 4-2
What are your thoughts on the playoff so far?