NBA Playoff Power Rankings
A look at who’s hot and who’s not at the midpoint of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
1. Oklahoma City Thunder
As with most of my predictions (this series going seven games) it is now on shaky ground; however, it’s tough to close Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Actually, in the playoffs it’s difficult to beat Kobe and the Lakers in general and that is why Oklahoma City stays number one!
2. San Antonio Spurs
They have been here before. They are hot at the right time. They are (relatively) healthy and will have time to rest. Why does something not feel right? Because it’s the Spurs and no team has cost me more money in the past ten years due to “something not feeling right.”
3. Indiana Pacers
Sunday evened out the series at 2 games and gave home court back to Miami. A classic Game 5 headed our way, with the winner (probably) eventually being the team advancing.
4. Miami Heat
So maybe LeBron isn’t ever going to an “ice in his veins” type of guy at the end of the game. You know what? LeBron James may be the one guy that can dominate enough during the first 45 minutes to ensure the game doesn’t come down to wire…at the very least he can do this 4 out of 7 games. Count me in as still supporting Team LeBron, despite his unorthodox approach to controlling and winning games.
5. Philadelphia 76ers
In case you haven’t heard, there’s an old school battle brewing in the Northeast. Not Paul Revere vs. Benjamin Franklin old school, and not Moses vs. Parrish, but definitely…what the hell was I saying? Oh yeah, great series between the Celtics and 76ers!
6. Boston Celtics
No team is more confusing to me. The Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde team that looks finished one game and capable of advancing the next game. They are limping along, but it’s not like the East has the Spurs waiting, anything can happen should the C’s get past Philly.
7. Los Angeles Lakers
Questions, questions, questions…Would it matter if Derek Fisher was still with L.A.? Is Andrew Bynum a long term answer for a championship team? Will Ron Artest/World Peace kill someone if they lose game 5? If so, will he plead innocent? What is Kobe thinking? Is Phil Jackson watching this series? So many more, so little time…
8. Los Angeles Clippers
Anyone who bet the Spurs to sweep the Clippers won about as much money as the Exacta bet at The Preakness…and that my friends is not much cash!
By: David. S. Grant
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