The NBA Playoffs Are Back

By: 04.28.12
Chris Paul

Chris Paul (photo. @CP3)

Chris Paul‘s playoff sneakers might’ve released yesterday, but if it were up to us, we’d say rock some of these custom Js from his closet. Either way, CP3 is going to kill in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter if Tony Allen – probably the best perimeter defender in the league – checks him. Paul will mash the Grizzlies because he knows he has to if the Clippers have any chance. All 10 of our writers think it’s going at least six games, and six of us are picking the team with the homecourt advantage and the massive advantage up front, Memphis … Could San Antonio lose like they did in the first round last year? No one seems to think so. They’re a unanimous favorite, and figure to steamroll a Jazz team that sucks at checking pick-n-rolls. The Spurs are rested, and finally have the opportunity to play their big three together. Unless Devin Harris switches games with Deron Williams, the Jazz will be gone fishing within five … As for Chicago and Philly, Dime has Philly roots and yet not one person picked the Sixers. Their ship is sinking, and only three of us predicted they could win two games. That’s even with Derrick Rose nursing himself back into shape. Basically it comes down to this: the Bulls are impossible to put up points against, and the Sixers can’t get buckets. At all. Philly is like the ultimate cock-blocking friend. Tell them to stay at home if you’re going out looking to score … One series in the East that could be interesting is the No. 4/5 matchup. You know the one with the stupid rule where the Hawks have homecourt advantage because they have the better record but yet don’t have the higher seed against Boston. Ray Allen is probable but Al Horford is out. Atlanta is already thin up front and with Kevin Garnett likely to see some minutes against Josh Smith, we’re expecting a lot of Joe Johnson fadeaways down the stretch of any tight games. Amazingly, seven of our 10 “experts” have this thing going the distance, and all seven of them have the Celtics winning. In Atlanta. In a Game 7 … And finally, Indiana is not letting Orlando beat them. In fact, they might not allow the Magic to win a game. Dwight Howard is out somewhere with a back problem after carrying this team for too long, and his replacement, Big Baby, is also hampered by an injury. Not one of our writers thinks the Pacers will even let this go seven games … Did we mention we can’t wait for the playoffs? … We’re out like the Franchise‘s rap career.

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