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The NBA season is underway, and the weekly installments of hypothetical playoff scenarios have returned for your viewing pleasure. As expected, the Lakers and Heat are doing quite well for themselves, and if it weren’t for that opening loss to the Celtics, Miami would be #1, even over the Lakers. Boston is still thriving with their new look, The Clippers, Rockets, Bobcats, Pistons, and 76ers remain winless, while the Lakers, Hornets, and Hawks have yet to lose. Enjoy the first week; it’s the only time when you can see the Nets doing alright. With the Nets, Kings, and others doing well for the only time this season, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, November 3, before the day’s games:
Kobe and the Lakers are back in top form. Kidd, Nowitzki and the Mavericks are also doing well, having lost just one home game (by one) to Memphis (2-2). The Lakers, on the other hand, beat Memphis by 19. Plus, they have Kobe. And Phil Jackson. And WILL be in the NBA Finals.
Who would have thought New Orleans would be amongst the last unbeatens? San Antonio already hosted New Orleans on Halloween eve, and lost 99-90. San Antonio is always in the hunt, but hasn’t done terribly well in the postseason lately. The Hornets have also beaten Milwaukee and Denver, two other playoff teams, and are looking like they’ll be difficult to deal with, at least in November.
Portland is off to a 4-1 start, while the Warriors are 2-1 under their new coach, losing only to Phil Jackson. Judging by their performance so far, the Warriors could be this season’s dark horse team, but Portland still has much more recent playoff experience to give the nod to Golden State.
If you thought the Warriors were something, how about the 3-1 Kings? Carmelo Anthony trade talks haven’t hurt Denver, though. This could be a very close contest, and because of that, I’d say it all hinges on whether or not Anthony remains with Denver.
At 4-0, the Hawks are the East’s only unbeaten team. The Knicks are at 1-2, with their only win coming in a Bosh-less Toronto. It’s a good thing New York’s game with Orlando was postponed due to asbestos, or they wouldn’t be in the picture at all. It’s looking like the East will be the drastically weaker conference yet again.
Miami soundly defeated Orlando 96-70 in Miami on the 29th of October. Never mind that LeBron James is turning the ball over like he’s trying for the first ever sextuple-double. He, Wade, and Bosh are still more than enough to take down pretty much anyone in their path. Look for them not to have much of any troubles until the Finals with the Lakers.
The Nets may be 2-1, but the Celtics are 3-1, and have a much better assortment of talented talent. If Boston doesn’t sweep this series, Tommy Heinsohn will undoubtedly go on a drunken rampage down Legends Way.
Both teams are 2-1, but the Pacers don’t have anyone quite as explosive as Derrick Rose, especially with Larry Bird’s back problems. The Bulls have the experience and wealth of knowledge of Tom Thibodeau backing them in a division that’s theirs to lose, thanks to LeBron leaving. The only way the Bulls could possibly lose the division is if Brian Scalabrine sees a lot of playing time. No, but I’m sure he’ll do well.
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