West Playoff Predictions

The Western Conference has been very competitive all year long, and I know the competitiveness won’t stop now. The teams are fueled and ready to go, and quite frankly, I’m still unsure of who will come out of the first round.

1 v 8

The number 1 seed, and best team (by record) in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs are matched up against their stately neighbors, the Dallas Mavericks. With the Spurs leading the season series 4-0, you’d think that they have this one in the bag. And you’re right. I think the last time the Mavericks even beat the Spurs on the road, I was in high school. Spurs win easily, 4-0.

2 v 7

The Oklahoma City Thunder, number 2 seed, take on a scary team in the Memphis Grizzlies.  Not because of their name, but because of their past. The Grizzlies have size, quick guards, and experience in the post season.  OKC has the regular season series 3-1. OKC also has the MVP and his thunder buddy for life.  This duo will be hard to stop, has they’ve proven it in the past.  OKC beats Memphis 4-2.

3 v 6

Already fueled by regular season feuds and back and forth words, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors are set up for an entertaining series. The regular season series is tied 2-2. With the home teams winning each game this season, this series might go 7.  This series is so up in the air, I will predict that each game will by decided by less than 10 points. Clippers edge the Warriors 4-3.

4 v 5

Who’s set the record for most points in a 7 game series? If this one goes 7 games, I bet the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers will make history. Number 4 seed Rockets are fueled by beards, brains, and backs. (Any basketball fan will get what I did there.) The trailblazers have a great team, but the Rockets won the season series 3-1. James Harden will average over 30 points a game.  Houston tops the Trailblazers 4-2.

-RV

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East Playoff Predictions

With the NBA Playoffs around the corner, aka, today and tomorrow, let’s take a long at what each team has to offer and why I think the Wizards have the best chance of winning. That’s not biased, I have a feeling that we are going to be a surprise to most teams and fans.

1 v 8
Number 1 seed Indiana looks hungry to dominate the number 8 seed Atlanta. The regular season series is tied 2-2. Paul George and Roy Hibbert look to avenged their lack-luster ending of the regular season. Will Atlanta upset the number 1 seed in the East? My prediction is no. Indiana wins 4-0.

2 v 7
Number 2 seed Miami, the defending champs, are matched up against the number 7 seed Charlotte Bobcats. Miami swept the season series 4-0, but that’s not going to stop the young and talented Bobcats. With Michael Jordan at the helm, they have the best player of all time as their owner. If that doesn’t get me ready for a series, I don’t know what will. Al Jefferson will go off for 30+ at least twice, they’ll make the series interesting. Miami wins 4-2.

3 v 6
Number 3 seed Toronto Raptors have surprised everyone, even me! They take on one of the most all around talented teams, the Brooklyn Nets. First year coach Jason Kidd has rebounded from a terrible start to get his team to the playoffs. With the regular season series tied 2-2, I think Brooklyn pulls it off in a close, 4-3 series to move on to face the Heat.

4 v 5
Number 4 seed Chicago Bulls take on my Washington Wizards. The Wizards have beaten the Bulls 2-1 in the regular season, with the only lose coming without big-man stud Nene. Now that he’s back, I think with the dynamic duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards will come out on top. The Wizards all-around depth, talent, and urge to win, will prevail the Wizards into the second round. Wizards take this series, 4-3.

-RV

Playoff Bound: First time since ’09

The up and down season got summed up in a 48 minute game last night.  The Wizards will beat the first place team in the East one night, and lose to a team struggling to make the playoffs the next. Focus needs to be present when it comes to the final 9 games of the season. With the Raptors losing Kyle Lowry for an undisclosed amount of time.  This could open the door for the Wizards to make a push to get the third seed in the East.  Out of the three teams, Raptors, Nets, and Bulls, the Wizards are matched up to most likely play, I think the Raptors would be the easiest team to beat in four games to move on to the next round.

The Wizards lost to Charlotte last night after playing one of their best quarters of the season. 40 points in the second quarter wasn’t enough to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. They currently sit in the 7th spot in the East and are trying to make it higher. The Zards blew a 16 point halftime lead. The lack of focus cannot happen if a team wants to be successful in the playoffs.

Both the Bulls and the Nets have a number of players that have been in the playoffs before. Their experience and talent will make it a hard task for the Wizards to beat in a 7 game series.  The Wizards’ playoff hopes are looking more and more promising each day.  To clinch a spot, the next win by the Wizards or loss by the Knicks, will be the first playoff appearance by Washington since the Gilbert Arenas era in 2009.

Because the Wizards normally show up to play against the best teams of the league, I think we have a great chance to beat Indiana or Miami when we meet them in the second round… that is if we make it that far. I’m sure we will because Nene is coming back and Bradley Beal coming out of his slump. Behind John Wall, the Wizards have a strong case to be a force in the East.

-RV

And Then There Were Eight

The NCAA March Madness Tournament is down to eight teams.  Two games are played tonight, and the remaining two will be played tomorrow night.  CBS has teamed with TBS, TNT, and TruTV to broadcast the games throughout the tournament.  They’ve also made it possible to stream the games online live. This technology has made watching this year’s tournament a lot more enjoyable for many users. I really liked when there were 16 games being played during one day. It kept me busy, but made me procrastinate my school work.

Number 8 Dayton play the number 1 seed Florida tonight. Florida is a 10 point favorite. Dayton is reaching the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. Florida has made it there for the 4th time in a row. What’s a Flyer anyways. A gator is more intimidating. But I’d love to see an upset.
The Number 1 seed in the West, Arizona plays the number 2 seed Wisconsin tonight at 8:49. I’m pulling for the Badgers to beat the Wildcats. A badger is a short-legged omnivore who are very strong. A wildcat is a cat, and the only cat I see being dominant is the Lion. Therefore, I think Wisconsin might pull this win out.
Tomorrow, number 7 UConn takes on number 4 Michigan St. Husky vs. Spartan on this mascot battle. I feel as if the Spartan is a human, they should be able to dominate a husky. Husky dogs are friendly, but not a husky found in the wilderness. I think Michigan St. will beat the surging UConn Huskies.
Following that game, number 8 Kentucky plays against the number 2 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan might be playing the best ball of the tournament, but the wildcats are coming off huge wins against the undefeated-no-more Shockers and the rivaled Louisville Cardinal.

If i had to choose a team to win, I’d have to go with Michigan and Florida to be in the Championship. I’m a Michigan fan now, just hoping they’d win. If I can’t catch any game on TV, I’ll be able to stream the games online to my laptop. Thanks CBS!

-RV

Lakers: Behind the Scenes

The 24-48 Los Angeles Lakers lost by a lot last night. And by a lot, I mean they let up the most points, 143, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This amount was the most by any team this season. It almost looked like the score to an all star game, except the Lakers didn’t keep up. They only scored a measly 107. This is a decent amount, but not compared to the 143 the Wolves put up.

The underlying story of the game was Kevin Love. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and the Lakers are one of the teams where he could land. It was a great tryout because he tallied a triple-double. But at the end of the day, Love gets to decide where he wants to play. Does he want to share the spotlight with two possibly three other hall of fame players?

Where are Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash? Kobe is out for the rest of the season, and Nash has been fighting some nagging injuries and scrutiny. He was quoted saying that, he’s only going to play next year for the money. He’s set to earn about 9 million dollars. Kobe defended his friend and teammate and pretty much said, professionals play for the love of the game, but at the end of the day, it’s a job. And if I was getting paid 9 million dollars to play basketball or hang up my shoes, I’d easily want to play. Nash has been in the league for 18 seasons, and is 40 years old. But a man with skills like him, will make an impact on any team he is on. He could get by with the help of Kobe’s new investment.

Kobe recently invested 4 million dollars in the energy drink Body Armor. It’s a sports drink that is supposed to be healthier than Gatorade and Powerade. I’m eager to see what the business mind of Kobe Bryant will have to offer in the near future.

The bigger news of the Lakers are definitely those that are happening off the court.

-RV

10 To Go

How does a team lose to the Kings and Nuggets but come out and pick apart the best team in the Eastern Conference? Questions like this have come up throughout the season for the Washington Wizards. But nonetheless, the Wizards are currently in the 6th spot in the playoff race with a 1.5 game buffer between the two teams surrounding them.

I think the 6th seed is perfect for them. They will have a favorable match up against the Toronto Raptors if the season ended today. Then if they win, they’ll most likely play against the Heat. A team the Wizards can beat.

I watched the game on a livecast last night from my computer. I didn’t get the channel the game was broadcasting on, so I turned to my laptop to watch my team win. A livecast, also called video broadcasting, is a continual broadcast of events through digital media. I got to watch the game through the internet with little to no problems.

The Wizards have 10 games remaining. Half of the games are against teams currently making the playoffs. If the Wizards can go 7-3 during this span, I can see us going into the playoffs with a strong surge and a lot of confidence.

Maybe a video blog could be in the future if the Wizards go far into the playoffs. A vlog is exactly what it sounds like, a blog that you record with a camera. When the Wizards make the playoffs, I plan on going to at least one game with my friend. If GoPro or Google Glass would like to sponsor me, I would gladly record everything I see and do for my fans here on my blog. The Wizards have such a high ceiling, and I’m hoping we make it past the first round. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to watch the game live, in-person, and not behind my computer. Go Wizards!

-RV

Hello Melo

Where will Carmelo Anthony play next season? This blog will talk about where the All-Star power forward will play his 13th season in the NBA.  His talents speak for themselves with the stats he has put up.  There are plenty of teams that will be shopping for Melo at the season’s end.

Did you know that Melo grew up around Baltimore. He went to Towson Catholic High School. He then transferred to Oak Hill where he won numerous games and MVP honors. He played against LeBron James when he was in high school at St. Vicent St. Mary’s.

He played one year at Syracuse where he averaged 22 and 10. He played seven and a half seasons in Denver before getting traded mid-season to the Knicks.

An up and mostly down season has led Melo to question his future. He is at risk for missing the post season for the first time in his NBA career.

Melo could join the likes of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago. This could be an extremely dominant 3 man team. I would not what that to happen.

Melo could be bribed by money and join Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. I don’t think this is likely. Melo is a scorer, and so is Kobe. But their friendship is very strong and anything is possible.

Melo could maybe try and come back home and play for the Wizards. Personally, I wouldn’t like that mostly because the chemistry that the Wizards have right now.

Even though he’s said he’s definitely going to resign with the Knicks, that was a couple weeks ago. I think he will do this, because who wouldn’t want to play in Madison Square Garden every home game? And it’s all about the money, right?

With the talents Carmelo possesses, his skills can and ultimately will make any team better. I’m very eager to see what he does at the end of this season.  The summer of 2015 has a lot more hype behind it. More big name players will be free agents. A blog is to follow soon.

-RV