Saturday, April 18, 2015
2015 NBA Playoffs
You have to start with the Western Conference. The elite teams reside there and I think Golden State could be the team that comes from the West. That said there are truly six teams in the West who could win the conference. I do think Golden State is the best of the lot but I also like San Antonio and Los Angeles to be right there among teams coming out of the West. Unfortunately those two must play each other in the first round but that should be a great series. This could be the year the Clips make a statement in the playoffs. I'm not overlooking Houston but I think the loss of point guard Patrick Beverly will be their downfall. Dwight Howard isn't the Dwight Howard of old which really means they'll really have to lean on James Harden. You can get away with that in the first round but I think defenses will make life too tough on him as the playoffs progress. Of course I'm really rooting for Portland but I'm worried about their depth after loosing key cog Wesley Matthews for the season.
Bottom line is I think the following teams will move on - WEST - Golden State, Houston, Memphis, San Antonio | EAST - Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto. No huge upsets here. San Antonio may be a six seed but they haven't played like one of late. Have to give a shout out to the Pelicans making the playoffs. Love Anthony Davis and hopefully this will be the first of many appearances for him and New Orleans.