You would think Atlanta has a clear path to the Eastern Conference Finals but to due recent events don't be suprised if the Hawks are actually upset in an earlier round. Paul Milsap should be back for the playoffs but how effective can he be? Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta's primary defender is also out for the playoffs. Yes the Hawks are deep but that's two less players to worry about
Atlanta's issues are really making Cleveland's life a whole lot easier. Cleveland's Big Three will be resting against Boston...so it assures them that they will be playing Boston in the first round. That series will be a game of All-Stars battling each other. NBA All-Stars vs D-League All-Stars.
The Raptors now have matched their season-high in victories and are assured as a host for the first round of the playoffs either against the Milwaukee Bucks or the Washington Wizards. DeMar DeRozan may be the Toronto star but Kyle Lowry is the heartbeat of the team, and Toronto will only go as far as he goes. Which is how far, considering his injuries that pop up every now and then?
Not saying Derrick Rose is back because when you hear that, you immediately think of the old Rose highlights. THAT D-Rose won't ever be back. In the meantime though, the one we are currently seeing isn't so far off. You still have to cross your fingers when he plays and Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah will be the ones to take this team somewhere, but Chicago has stayed afloat during Rose's absence. Which brings me to ask you this: Once Chicago gets eliminated by LeBron James in the second round, do the Bulls start to build around Butler or keep building around Rose?
Why will Cleveland Chicago be fun to watch?
The Wiz seem to be hitting a wall without John Wall. He rested again and Washington got crushed by Brooklyn. Washington isn't changing their roster till 2016 either so this team right here is the one it has to go with. For the past two months, they've been a .500 team. This team is all smoke and mirrors. And the fire will be extinguished in the first round.
The Bucks clinched a playoff birth by beating Brooklyn. Jason Kidd did more with less, is that even possible these days? As long as Kidd doesn't bench The Greek Freak any time soon, the Bucks future looks bright. Oh and all this is without Jabari Parker.
The Celtics did this to Cleveland. I'm sharing this because a play like this will probably never happen for them again, so you have to enjoy the little things.
No one thinks Miami will replace Brooklyn but here at Hot Hot Hoops we know that if the Nets (and the Indiana Pacers) lose the final two and if the Heat win the final two, Miami is in. Brooklyn will probably win though, because Brook Lopez is playing for another contract. If he signs back can we call him Brooklyn Lopez?
Steph Curry. Chef Curry. Chicken Curry. Whatever you want to call him. Give him the MVP. You know how when you were a kid, you imagined yourself in your driveway making a buzzer beater and the crowd going wild? Well Steph Curry does that in real life. Like all the time.
When you hear Memphis Blue's you think soulful R&B. With Marc Gasol going down, Memphis might be singing the blues for the entire playoff race if they're not getting the Gasol they're used to. The Spurs are also tied with them in the standings so they are one loss away from the #6 seed.
With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Clippers are now in a three-way tie with the Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs for second place in the Western Conference. Sit back and enjoy.
It's no surprise that the Blazers run depends on Damian Lillard's play but do you realize how terrible the Blazers have been guarding the opposing point guard? In a conference dominated by strong point guard play? So Lillard might steal the offensive highlights from Tony Parker, but it'll be Parker that wins the games in that first round.
San Antonio Spurs
If the Spurs remain at #5, they will be the most underrated #5 the Western Conference has seen. This is a team that can very well get to #2. They even beat the Warriors! The Spurs are becoming last year's Spurs again and I know how dominating that can be. I'm a Heat fan.
James Harden says James Harden should win the MVP. I disagree with Harden. Dwight Howard has missed many and Patrick Beverly will miss many more. Will the Rockets dependence on Harden be their defeat come postseason?
The Mavericks are absolutely stuck in 7th place and have no idea who they will be in the first round. In the meantime, the team continues to collapse on defense. After they get eliminated by whoever, I wonder if Rajon Rondo is okay with going nowhere in the stacked up West or coming back to the East where he could actually have a shot of going further.
Anthony Davis is sure willing this team into the playoffs, even if it means an ending from Steph Curry. So is Russell Westbrook. The best part about these two teams and their chase is that each play on the same night for the final three games. The Pelicans also own the tie breaker. I for one am down to see Russell verse Steph even if it's for like five games only.
That's your Sunday Seeds. Have a great week everyone!!