Time to give the Milwaukee Bucks some credit. Down 0-2 to the heavily favored Altanta Hawks, they win the next two at home then come to hotlanta and steal game 5 and are on the verge of upsetting the Hawks. Time to introduce one of the most dangerous backcourts in the league: Brandon Jennings and John Salmons. The former a Rookie, the latter, a sharpshooter. Tell me these two guys haven’t changed the culture of this team. No Michael Redd, no problem. No Andrew Bogut, no problem. I’m not saying these guys are gonna advance past the next round, but WOW, what an upset it would be if they pull of a win at home. Time to give Salmons a nickname, and I got the perfect one… John Salmons, the PROPHET, huh? The Bulls could’ve used this guy. Might be time to fire the Hawks’ coach Mike Woodson if they don’t rebound quick. I never thought I’d see so poor coaching having such a huge affect in the playoffs. Look at the Nuggets coach Adrian Dantley and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. I won’t mention the Mavs… I’ll say one last thing about the Bucks, looking at their roster, that’s a nasty lineup (nasty in a bad way). I don’t know how they’re doin’ it?
Chicago v. Cleveland: I love watching the Bulls play. Derek Rose is awesome. Unfortunately, they have no chance against the Cavs. Lebron is on a mission this year. There is noone that is going to stop this team. I don’t care what other 4 players are on the court with him. Cavs in 4, bring out the brooms. Not this year Rose, you’re gonna need to make a big off-season signing (hint hint: Bosh).
Milwaukee v. Atlanta: I don’t even know how the Bucks got into the playoffs. I know about that kid Brandon Jennings (good move playing in Europe for 1 year). I also know they’ve lost Bogut for the year. The Jennings/Salmons combo is solid, but not good enough. Who’s going to step up for the Bucks? Atlanta is gonna roll over these guys in 4. Might be the easiest first round matchup in the playoffs. I don’t even think I need to go into the strengths of this team, but I’ll name a few just for kicks: J. Johnson, Horford, J. Smith, Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Mo Evans.
Miami v. Boston: I’m not sure who I hate more, Boston or Denver. Since they won 2 years ago, Kevin Garnett has turned from a role model into a thug. Paul Pierce has game, I can’t even hate on him. Ray Allen is a has been that has 2 things going for him, his FT% and his steaky 3 pointers. D-Wade might be playing his last series as a Heat. Beasley’s the only other Heat I can name and frankly, he’s not getting it done either. Can’t wait to see what happens to Dwayne in the offseason… Boston in 5.
Charlotte v. Orlando: Interesting match-up here. On one hand, you have the reigning Eastern Conference Champs, big Dwight Howard, healthy Jameer Nelson, improving J.J. Reddick, and two key offseason pickups in Matt Barnes and Vince Carter. I actually think Barnes’ presence on the court is more vital than Vince’s. Kudos for the Bobcats for making the playoffs. Stephen Jackson has turned this team around. Gerald Wallace has always been a box-score filler. He his one of the best defenders in the league and one of the hardest guys to guard. Depth will be a problem for this team as well. They will give Orlando a run for their money but the Magic should pull this off in 5.
How often do yo see this-a great talent wasting the prime years of his career on a horrible team. Most of the time the athlete doesn’t escape his team in time enough to have a shot or two at the title. He doesn’t wanna be considered a sellout, he doesn’t wanna abandon his boys/teammates, or he stays for the moola. Some guys do escape, sometimes at the end of their careers, a.l.a. Glen Rice and the Lakers, Finley and the Spurs, etc. As I watch Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks tear up and torch every opponent from range, I can’t help but feel for this guy. One of the best, if not the best outside shooter in the game is rotting away in a subpar eastern conference team. His team is bad, flat out horrible. I don’t care if they have Bogut, Yi Jianlian, or any other “potential” star. Redd dropped 41 points Friday night against Seattle Sonics, and they lost. That’s right, to the Sonics. He’s averaging 23, 5 and 3 per game. It’s just too bad the Bucks can’t get put together a good team. I don’t remember the last time this team was competitive. At 28 years old, Redd ain’t getting any younger. I guess as long he’s healthy and leads my fantasy basketball team to another championship, I’m not going to complain. Too bad that’ll be the closest he ever gets to the title.