So here's the playoff breakdown, with tonight's matchups up first:
Rockets v. Jazz: It's all tied up at 2-2, and the ghosts of never getting out of the first round are starting to haunt McGrady. This series definitely has the "it's goin' 7" kind of feel to it, since both teams seem to be totally incapable of winning on the road. Although McGrady has that Gorilla on his back, I think Yao will help him get through the series in 7.
Nuggets v. Spurs: The Nuggets better show up tonight. They looked like they had the potential to pull a "Warriors" after Game 1, but since then they've flamed out. AI also hasn't been at his best in the series so far. I say
Cavs v. Wizards: What? This series is still on? Is it actually being broadcasted? Who cares. Cavs finish the deal tonight as no one (not even Wizards fans) watch.
Suns v. Lakers: Who was that guy posing as Kwame Brown in Game 3? He decided not to show up for Game 4. Meanwhile, Steve Nash decided to show up, big time. He dished out 23 assists to let the Kobe Show know that the series ain't going 7 games this year. Suns should wrap this thing up neatly in Game 5.
Warriors v. Mavs: We've already written a lot about this series. It is what it is. The Mavs 67 win season was apparently smoke and mirrors. Dirk doesn't deserve the MVP and Mark Cuban is in a world of hurt. Excellent.
Nets v. Raps: Oh those crafty Nets. Lull you to sleep all year, then BAM! They punch you in the gut in the playoffs. Looks like the Raps were a bit overrated this year, and it looks like it'll be a little while longer before we see more of them and Bosh in a notable TV time slot. I feel bad for Raps fans. VC is a vile human being. The Raps and their fans deserved revenge, and it doesn't look like they're going to get it.
Heat v. Chicago: Yikes. The Heat got real old real fast. Shaq will certainly be remembered for winning an NBA title without Kobe, but he'll also be remembered for throwing up this stink bomb of a playoff performance. D-Wade unfortunately wasn't himself for the series, and I think he came to realize after the game that he's probably not going to win any more championships during his career. Hey, it's still one more than Barkley. Meanwhile the Bulls are now hitting their stride and we get what probably should have been the Eastern Conference Finals matchup in Round 2. The Young Bulls and Ben Wallace go up against the grizzled Pistons. Should be one heck of a series.
Pistons v. Magic: Dwight Howard, start working on that jumper. The Magic weren't horrible in this series, but it didn't really matter as they got swept. Howard meanwhile is starting to look like he's reached his peak, which is not a good sign if you're the Magic. He's young of course, but he needs more moves and needs a jumper REAL BAD. Grant Hill also might be retiring and Jameer Nelson shouldn't be a starting point guard in the NBA. The Pistons better be prepared for Round 2, because the Bulls are quite an upgrade from the Magic.