Random Thoughts on the 2011 NBA Playoffs (so far!)

The Chicago Bulls are regretting every game that they didn’t pick up a shooting guard at the trade deadline. Imagine if the Bulls had just pulled the trigger on that trade with Houston for Courtney Lee? Or Arron Afflalo from Denver?

Actually they could have had someone this summer in Tracy McGrady and at a discount too. Now imagine they had just signed McGrady, a 6’8″ SG with PG skills and can play out on the wing? Think about A) Derrick Rose playing next to Tracy McGrady, now think about the current situation of B) Rose playing next to the “We only play 15 minutes a game clan” of Keith Bogans/Ronnie Brewer/Kyle Korver. Which would you take? You don’t have to answer.

Where the hell did the Atlanta Hawks come from? I’ll be honest here, I thought the Orlando Magic were going to treat the Hawks like a five dollar hooker from Harlem. Now obviously that didn’t happen…did it?! Dwight Howard is well on his way to becoming the next center of the Los Angeles Lakers, mark my words.

Where the hell did the Memphis Grizzlies come from? My brain still can not comprehend this one. They have a team that is currently featuring Zach Randolph as its main scorer/rebounder, Tony Allen as one of its two ferocious perimeter defenders and Pau Gasol’s formerly obese brother Marc as the starting center. And they beat the Spurs. Again…THEY BEAT THE SPURS! A team with Chris Wallace (Chris Wallace?!) as the GM beat the Spurs. Are there even Grizzly bears in Memphis? Why do they play in a pyramid? How the hell did they beat the Spurs with that crew?! All questions I don’t know the answer to.

There were a ton of people saying that the Knicks getting swept by the Celtics was a huge let down for the Knicks and their fans. Really? Have you taken a look at the last NINE seasons for New York? With the exception of making the playoffs with a losing record (39-43) in 2003-04 season, they have been abysmal. This season was a gigantic leap forward.

I refuse to acknowledge how well the Miami Heat are playing. I figure if I continue to ignore them they might lose. This plan of action has yet to work.

The Celtics look old and frail. Maybe that sweep of the Knicks took more out of them than people want to admit.

Dirk Nowitzki is an infinitely better player than Pau Gasol. Even with all the mileage on those German knees (he’s in his 12th NBA season) he abused Pau in Game 1 and unless the Lakers do something about it, he’s going to do it again and again and…

The fact that for the next two seasons (at least) the Oklahoma City Thunder have a core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Kendrick Perkins is scary. If they extend Ibaka and Westbrook you can make that the next four seasons. That sound was the collective *gulp* from every other Western Conference team.

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