NBA Playoff Tickets 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2012 NBA Playoffs are upon us! Let’s get ready for playoff basketball!
Eastern Conference Quarters
Chicago Bulls (1) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (8)
Chicago is one of the most talented all-around teams in the NBA. Perhaps their greatest strength, surprisingly not in Derrick Rose, lies within their team play. No one will forget how the bench of the Bulls defeated the Miami Heat in overtime. The Sixers are up there with the Bulls as a team that works together to get wins. They surprised everyone and the entire Association with their phenomenal play and team-style of basketball.
Boston Celtics (4) vs. Atlanta Hawks(5)
The Boston Celtics has come back alive with the resurgence of Kevin Garnett who has found the fountain of youth and isn’t telling anyone where it’s at. Despite their age, the Celtics still have a little left in the tank as Kevin Garnett and one of the best point guards in Rajon Rondo will lead them into the playoffs. The Hawks have always been a team stacked with talent but have had playoff disappointments. If the Hawks are looking to win, they must get big games from everyone, especially now that Al Horford is questionable for the first round because of a torn muscle.
Indiana Pacers (3) vs. Orlando Magic (6)
The Indiana Pacers are perhaps the most surprising team in the NBA. Stacked with players who know exactly what their role is, it’s hard to beat this team when everything is clicking on all levels. Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, George Hill. None are big names, but will help their team win basketball games. The Orlando Magic will have trouble competing against the Indiana Pacers, especially now since they won’t have Dwight Howard with them in the playoffs. The Magic will have to look to other players to take on the load that was on Howard’s shoulders.
Miami Heat (2) vs. New York Knicks (7)
I’m ranking this as the most entertaining and must-watch series in the first round. The Miami Heat is a scary team when they’re playing the right way and the New York Knicks have found new motivation under Coach Mike Woodson. The Knicks also found the rebirth of Carmelo Anthony who has been hot on all cylinders as of late. This game can possibly see seven games if both teams play to their potential.
Western Conference Quarters
San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Utah Jazz (8)
Along with the Pacers, the Spurs are also the most surprising team in the NBA. Everyone thought they were old. Everyone thought they were done. Fast forward to the end of the season, they are currently standing in the first seed in the West and tied for first overall with the Chicago Bulls. Part of the reason why the Spurs have been so good is the MVP-caliber play of Tony Parker who has been incredible this entire season. The Jazz will have a tough match-up against a Spurs team who has seen playoff basketball numerous times and still have their championship core intact.
Memphis Grizzlies (4) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5)
This series is one of those playoff series where you would have to flip a coin to decide a winner. I can see this series going either way. The Clippers can’t match up with Marc Gasol, but the Grizzlies can’t match up with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul either. This will be an entertaining series as basketball analysts all disagree who will win this series.
Los Angeles Lakers (3) vs. Denver Nuggets (6)
The Los Angeles Lakers seemingly got better with the acquisition of Ramon Sessions and Andrew Bynum finally playing to the potential that was expected of him. Even without Metta World Peace in the first round, Denver will have trouble matching up with the Lakers big men. The Nuggets are also a surprising team as no one thought that they would still be playoff contenders after the departure of Carmelo Anthony. One of the most entertaining teams in basketball, the Nuggets will definitely stretch the series out with the Lakers.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Dallas Mavericks (7)
OKC is clicking. Serge Ibaka is the league’s leading blocker, James Harden is the most likely candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, and Kevin Durant is the scoring champion of the Association. OKC is expected to reach the Western Conference Finals and it is highly probable. The Dallas Mavericks have been a disappointment. After winning the 2011 NBA Championship, Mark Cuban didn’t keep the key pieces that were vital to their championship run (Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea comes to mind). Still, the Mavericks have Dirk Notwizki, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd. With these three, they will give OKC a run for their money.