Which NBA Team Down 2-0 Is In Most Trouble?
NBA’s first round is always a point of contention for people. They do not see the validity in playing seven games with most of the series ending early. It’s happening again at least after two games with six of the eight series being at 2-0 in some direction. Chicago’s 2-0 is the most surprising out of the mix and shows some parity in the league. Which of these teams are in the biggest trouble?
Memphis Grizzlies – Even though David Fizdale’s comments about big data were enjoyable, San Antonio Spurs have this team’s number. I could totally see a scenario where they come out tonight with a bunch of pride for their coach and end up bringing in back to San Antonio for one more game. Yet this team is really old, and they need to start looking at younger talent if they want to win the playoffs.
Portland Trail Blazers – We saw Blazers give Golden State their best effort in Game 1. In Game 2, Warriors completely shut them down in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 25. Portland waved the white flag at that point. The lack of Jusef Nurkic is killing the team. Golden State is getting whatever they want inside. If Nurk can come back for Game 3, they might still have a fighting chance.
Sorta, kinda big trouble
Boston Celtics – It sounds weird, but Celtics need to win one game in Chicago to get their shit together. It needs to be Friday night. Chicago showed themselves on a war path right now and are looking more like a five seed than an eight seed. Boston needs to switch things up a little bit, and they can’t let Marcus Smart continually shoot terrible shots. Even if it’s a 3-1 heading back to Beantown, Boston still has a fighting shot.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Oh Russ. Russell Westbrook scored 50+ points last night with a triple-double, but he also took 46 shots to do it. This is the bad Russ that makes everyone cringe where he ignores his teammates and tries to win the game himself. Houston is a bad matchup for Oklahoma City because they have a player in James Harden who can go shot for shot with Westy.
Indiana Pacers – Yes, Cleveland has LeBron James and a slew of others. But Indiana gets a good home crowd, Paul George has been a beast and Cavs still play zero defense. When a team does not play playoff-level defense, you always have a shot. I still think it will go 5, but I wouldn’t be shocked if we’re 2-2 after this weekend.
Trouble, but time to rite the ship
Atlanta Hawks – I was down on Hawks to begin the postseason, and still think they’re not very good. That said, they’re still in this thing against Washington. They lost by seven and eight respectively in both games. Hawks were tied halfway through the fourth last night. They have to figure out something different with their lineups, but Hawks have the best chance to make things 2-2 out of this group.
Game 3’s begin tonight with your Milwaukee Bucks against Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers home to face Cleveland and Grindhouse welcomes San Antonio and their big data.