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THE NBA IS BACK!! MY 2013-2014 NBA PREDICTIONS!!

29 Oct

nba-logoWell kids, the NBA season is finally upon us…happy opening night!!  Last time we left the league, ‘Bron and company were hoisting Mr. O’brien’s trophy….again.  Well, what will this season bring.  For my predictions, I wanted to make it as simple as possible.  So, I am going to give you the teams that will make the playoffs, the conference winners and title winner….with only one reason why each will happen.  Enjoy this years picks and let me know who you think is taking home to title!!

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1.  MIAMI HEAT – Reason:  LeBron James.

2.  BROOKLYN NETS – Reason:  Added a more than serviceable Paul Pierce, KG, J. Terry and AK47 to a team already featuring Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Andra Blatche and company…very deep, veteran squad.

3.  INDIANA PACERS – Reason:  Combining the now truly elite Paul George with the Roy Hibbert we saw in the playoffs = lots of wins and a deep playoff run.

4.  CHICAGO BULLS – Reason:  D Rose is back and this team might have been a D Rose away from winning the East last year.

5.  NEW YORK KNICKS – Reason:  If STAT is healthy, this team will challenge anyone in the conference.

6.  DETROIT PISTONS – Reason:  Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings and Andre Drummond make up a very nice top four…and the East really falls off after the top 5 teams.

7.  CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – Reason:  Well first, there will be no ping pong magic next year Mr. Gilbert!  But the real reason is that this team has a very nice combo of young talent and savvy vets to crack the top 8…and if Bynum comes up back…the Cavs will be back on the NBA map!

8.  WASHINGTON WIZARDS  – Reasons:  A healthy backcourt of John Wall and Brady Beal will carry this team into the playoffs…and a chance to be swept by Miami.

WESTERN CONFRENCE

1.  SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Reason:  Because they are the best run NBA franchise in the last 25 years, that’s why!

2.  L.A. CLIPPERS – Reason:  This team is absolutely loaded after signing Jared Dudley, JJ Redick, Darren Collison, Antwan Jamison and even Byron Mullens…oh and a certain Glenn Rivers will make sure this team is ready to win every single night.

3.  OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER – Reason:  The emergence of Serge Ibaka will keep this team towards the top of the standing until Westbrook comes back from injury.

4.  HOUSTON ROCKETS – Reason:  They legitimately have 14 players that would be in anyone’s rotation…and the combination of Dwight Howard and James Harden will give this team the ability to finish anywhere between 1-4.

5. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS – Reason:  A healthy Andrew Bogut adds a new dimension to Steph Curry’s team.

6.  MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES – Reason:   Z-Bo and company have the pieces to compete every single night…but they are just not getting passed the top 5 in the conference this season.

7.  PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS – Reason:  Lilliard, Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Batum are a very solid four that will get help from a very nice bench that feature rookie CJ McCollum.

8.  DALLAS MAVERICKS – Reason:  Monta Ellis and Dirk will be able to share enough shot to just squeak into the playoffs over the Denver Nuggets.

CONFERENCE FINALS

EAST:  INDIANA PACERS over MIAMI HEAT – Heat because they still have the big 3 and Indy because if Granger ever stays healthy, he is the missing piece.

WEST:  L.A. CLIPPERS over HOUSTON ROCKETS – Both teams are overloaded with talent…and will both get past the Thunder and Spurs…but Clippers have just a little more.

FINALS

L.A. CLIPPERS over INDIANA PACERS – Great coaching and inside/outside talent that can surround CP3.  Congrats Clipper Nation you are no longer L.A.’s second team!!!

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BROADWAY OR BASKETBALL???

10 Jun

finals logo

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Sunday night featured two big events for two very different audiences:  Game 2 of the NBA Finals and The Tony Awards.  However, if you’re like me, you watched them both (thank you guy that invented the DVR…once again, I will be delivering my first born to you)!

So without further delay, here are the nominees for the 2013 Broadway vs. Basketball Sunday Night Face Off!!  You pick the winner!

BEST PLAY

brons block-LeBron James’ block of Tiago Splitter:  This play will be added to Finals’ highlight films for future generations to see…dare I say this will now be known as THE BLOCK??

-Lucky Guy, written by Nora Ephron:  The late, great Ephron gave us such classics as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Just for that, she gets a nod in this category.  Not to mention the play stars Tom Hanks…and everything Hanks is in deserves positive recognition…yes even you Bosom Buddies!

MOST CRINGE WORTH PERFORMANCE

-Manu Ginobili’s ball handling skills:  Manu, where are thosemanu handles that allow you to euro-step through double teams and tap dance around sideline traps?  Ginobili hands seemed like they were outfitted for a revival of Cats (think about it…can a cat dribble a basketball??….the jokes may or may not get better, so read on at your own risk).

-Mike Tyson dancing in the opening number:  Great to see Iron Mike…not so great to see him try to keep up with the steps of the pro dancers surrounding him.  Tyson’s name was immediately scratched off the potential casting list for Ring it On:  The story of one boxer’s dream to win a national cheerleading championship!

BEST REVIVAL

annie-Annie:  I have a soft spot for this one.  Who doesn’t love that little red-haired orphan and her adventures?!

-Tracy McGrady:  Ok so the box score only shows that T-Mac had 2 boards, 2 assists and a block, but as a T-Mac fan, it was good to see him get in a game during the NBA Finals.

BEST SCORE

lauper-Kinky Boots, Cindy Lauper:  She did give us Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and True Colors.  Enough said.

-Miami Heat’s opening intro music:  I love the White Stripes and Seven Nation Army.  But the Heat’s opening feels like a climb to a climax that never takes place.  I guess nothing beats the Orlando Magic 1995 intro with 2 Unlimited’s You’ll Ready For This!!

BEST SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE

-Mike Tyson in the opening number:  Iron Mike’s 2nd nomination.  Did you ever think you would see Doogie Howser and Mike Tyson on the same stage….dancing….singing….at the Tony’s?!?!?!

Host Neil Patrick Harris and retired boxer Mike Tyson perform during the opening number of Tony Awards in New York

BEST NIGHT

-Miami Heat:  In a span of about 10 game minutes, the Heat outscored the Spurts 37-9 and showed everyone why they are the defending champs and why they won 66 games this year.

-Neil Patrick Harris:  Come on….NPH was great again!  There was singing, dancing, magic and charm.  He made the night legen……..wait for it…..dary!

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BEST VENUE

radio city-Radio City Music Hall:  Radio City.  NYC.  Fauggeetttaboutit….Radio City all the way!!

-American Airlines Arena:  A beautiful basketball building close to the bright lights of South Beach.

BEST DRESSED

-Juwan Howard:  The 40-year old Howard is now a professional high-fiver and suit wearer.  Last night Juwan brought out a terrific, sleek fitting blue suit; complemented by a light blue shirt, dark blue tie, and brown shoes.  What?!  I admire a good suit!!!

BEST SHOES

-Cast of Kinky Boots:  Did you see those knee high get ups??

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BEST SUPPORTING ACT

-Mario Chalmers:  Chalmers contributed 19 points and a pair of treys in a must win for the Heat.  Seems like Mario always steps up in the big moments for Miami…nice insureance policy to have when D-Wade is aging before our eyes.

danny green-Danny Green:  In a losing effort Green threw in 17 points on 6 of 6 from the floor, including five from downtown.  It was nice to get some points outside of the Spurs’ big three and Leonard, but it didn’t really matter in this blowout.

richard kind-Richard Kind, The Big Knife:  This character actor is an underrated comedic genius….see Curb Youth Enthusiasm, Mad About You and Spin City.  Was there ever a more nebishy actor in Hollywood?  If you don’t know the word nebishy, find a Jewish grandmother asap!