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

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10 day contracts

Two interesting 10 day contracts have been signed in the past few days.

The Nets have resigned Jason Collins, like I thought they would. And the Kings have signed Royce White who was drafted by the Rockets in 2012, but never played.

I personally really like the move by the Brooklyn Nets in resigning Jason Collins. I think after this stint, they will sign him for the rest of the season. His presence in the paint and in the locker room is very much needed.  The Brooklyn Nets are this year’s light switch team. Yes, I just made up a new term. A light switch gets turned on and off regularly throughout the day, so therefore, this makes sense. The Nets can honestly beat any team on any given night. The talent that they have is unheard off. With first year coach Jason Kidd finally figuring out the dynamics of his newly formed team, he is adjusting the the coaching side of the game nicely.

The Sacramento Kings signed Royce White, who previously played for the 76ers during the preseason before getting waive, to a 10 day contract, but sent him to the D-League. The D-League is the developmental league, for the new readers of my blog.  This is a big deal because White suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents him from flying. This disorder kept him from playing a single game with the Houston Rockets when they first drafted him.  He used to drive to college away games even if his team were to fly.  The more important thing about this signing is that they sent him to the D-League. Why? I have no idea. But they signed him because the Kings have recently bought out the contract of Jimmer Fredette. Fredette found a new home with the Bulls until the end of the season. A home I can see him living in for awhile.

-RV

Jason Collins

Is his coming out really a big deal? In my eyes, no. In society’s eyes, yes. I think it takes great strength and courage for what he has done, and I applaud him for it. This blog will be all about Jason Collins, and my point of view while listening to this podcast. A podcast is an audio or video segment of media that is available via the internet for your convenience. Collins is a 35 year-old NBA veteran who is seeing his first action this season with the Brooklyn Nets since coming out to be the first homosexual male in the four major professional sports.  He signed a 10-day contract with the team on February 23rd. He’s a 7-foot center out of Standard who has played for 6 previous teams since being drafted 18th overall in the 2001 draft, coincidentally by the New Jersey Nets. His size alone is intimidating, and he is a force on the inside.

In the podcast, Kevin Arnovitz and Jordan Heimer discuss the immediate and long-term implications of Jason Collins’ coming out. They highlight what he’s gone through, and the challenges he’s faced.

In the Social Media Bible, it says that podcasters find the easiest way to sound natural is to have more than one person speaking. Arnovitz and Heimer are having a discussion about Collins. They are paid analysts who are expressing their opinion. That’s exactly what a podcast is. I think of a podcast as an opinion-based radio or TV show that we can listen to on our own.

Back to Collins, his jersey was put on the NBA Store website and has been the top selling jersey since. This is a great way to show support for Collins. Collins is wearing the number 98 this season as a tribute to the 1998 torture and murder of Matthew Shepard. The article is here.

During my research of this topic, I have found numerous of podcasts on Collins or podcasts that have included his story. The Nets are currently in the 7th spot in the East, and as a surge to the top, they are in talks of signing Collins until the end of the season.

-RV