As we take a look at the multiple game 5 scenarios in the NBA first round playoffs, there are many basic irregularities playing themselves out. The script is being written w/ small market teams more than holding their own.
The LA Lakers are in danger of under-performing their way out of the playoffs early, Nike be damned. David Stern can not make them hit their open looks, or calm the storm brewing in OKC. I have written many times that young teams are not good teams, but the Thunder-Sonics seemed to be thumbing their collective nose at this generally accepted axiom. They are extremely active, and Russel Westbrook is a hand full. Zen Dr. Philip better know it. LA is on the brink, and this unimaginable fact is a slap in face of every "everything is rigged" guy on the information super highway.
San Antonio will not die. All they've done is produce the worst TV ratings since 1978, and consistently so. The are, however, poised for yet another run that few will enjoy. How much would it cost to stop them? Don't ask Mark Cuban. He's apparently all tapped out.
Utah? Talk about crickets. All they're doing is taking down a team w/ true star power. Denver has Carmello, and a cancer survival story built for prime time. I also think America likes Chauncy. He a winner, actually a draft bust, rags to riches winner.
Don't let Portland win. What a nightmare. Their star, Brandon Roy, wouldn't get anywhere near an all star game if it wasn't for all the respect he's earned from opposing coaches. We'd get beat by $10 Meals on the Food Network.
Who's betting against the Orlando Magic to repeat in the East? Cleavland is a beast, but Orlando is a TEAM, and I like their chances.
Somewhere, at some sports themed, beer & chicken wing outlet, Phil Knight is trying to make the blimp crash. The anticipation is killing me; I hope it lasts.