The NBA season has been ridiculous filled with player beef, basketball twitter arguments over who is the Rookie of the Year (I’m with both of them having it because at the end of the day, it is kinda meaningless considering Michael Carter-Williams won it) and Kevin Durant calling most writers “Blog Boyz” because some of them probably can’t even make a layup with their opposite hands, which led to some dudes crying because they took what Durant said personal, which means he was probably right. What a time to be alive (Am I a blog boy? I can shoot with both hands, run an actual offense, shoot a high percentage from three, and dunk a basketball…. somebody get me connected with Kevin Durant).
The NBA Playoffs aka the NBA’s second SZN begins on Saturday afternoon. I love the playoffs. I grew up a basketball junkie, where the only thing we would do in my household would watch basketball from late October – Mid June every year (Mom, I know you’re reading this. I love you. Please send my golf clubs next week). The playoffs provide a different type of feel. Everything is high from the pressure, the emotions and the intensity. You see the game’s best players rise up to their best and some falter within it. That’s what makes the playoffs so great.
I have a scale that’s ranked from 1 through 5 in terms of watchability – 1 = I’m not watching this, and 5 = I’ll watch this regardless of where I’m at. Let’s begin with the Eastern Conference. Part two will be the Western Conference.
Continue reading 2018 NBA Playoffs – Part 1 of the First Round
Carolina got their ass ran over last night.
Jesus christ, this was just terrible all around.
Weird thing is, I figured it happened.
Indiana right now is the best team in land. Cody Zeller is a beast. Athletic unlike his brother, but he runs the floor just like Tyler. It’s incredible how much his game is so polished. If he’s not a top 5 pick in June, I’d be very very shocked. The two guys that I love on Indiana are Victor Oladipo, and Jordan Hulls. Honestly, for IU to reach their ceiling, these two guys have to bring it every night, and tonight they did. Hulls is that pure white boy point guard who plays hard, shoots well enough, and is a leader. Everyone looks at Zeller as the guy, but if you stop Hulls, you can beat IU. If Hulls gets loose and hits a three or two, IU will easily roll.
Carolina right now is young, and taking bumps early. A lot of them. Reggie Bullock seemed like he didn’t want to join the party tonight. James Michael Mcadoo played soft. Dexter Strickland has to stop shooting jumpshots. The funny thing is, I don’t think this loss was that bad as people will make it. Indiana did stretch this game out as we all expected, but Carolina couldn’t hit good, wide open shots in the 2nd half, while Indiana, playing at home did.
I’m not too concerned about the rankings because it’s November, but if Carolina gets whipped like that in ACC Play (Carolina’s non-conference schedule is fairly easy with the exception of UNLV, but that’s in the Dean Dome), I’ll start to get concerned.