TOJ at SB Nation on the pain of only five points separating the Knicks from a 2-0 series lead against Boston.
Other round one thoughts from yesterday…
1. Hawks/Magic has the feel of a seven game series, even though it is looking like Dwight Howard against the world after last night.
2. Very disappointed with the effort from the Portland in their first two games. They lack any knock down shooters, which is killing them late in games against the Mavericks. I am not sure they have shown enough to believe they will come back, despite picking them win the series before it started.
3. Predictions for tonight? Spurs and Lakers even it up and the Thunder take a 2-0 lead.
TOJ at SB Nation with a preview of Knicks/Celtics game two, can the Knicks even it up without Chauncey Billups?
Other round one thoughts —
1. Despite all of our hate for Miami, they are going to sweep the Sixers. Philadelphia is at their best when they are running, unfortunately there isn’t anybody in the league better than the Heat in the open floor. I actually think having an easy four or maybe, maybe five game series might not be the best thing for Miami, who might start feeling a little too good about themselves before their round two opponent.
2. Indiana has been beyond impressive with their effort these first two games against the Chicago Bulls. I don’t know if they will end up stealing any of these close games but they are providing a very entertaining series and showing Chicago that there are no easy wins in the playoffs.
3. Predictions for tonight? I am picking the Knicks, Magic, and Blazers all to even their series up.
TOJ at SB Nation on why it is hard to accept any silver lining on the Knicks game one loss
Other thoughts from the weekend of playoff basketball…
1. I think it is pretty clear we are in for a bunch of 6 and 7 game series. You aren’t going to see anybody ran off the floor in this first round, especially with the 7 and 8 seed in the Western Conference winning game one and the 7 and 8 seed in the Eastern Conference coming minutes away from stealing a victory themselves.
2. Who would have thought Atlanta would start trying after taking the past few months off and show some pride this time around in the playoffs? I know I didn’t…if Orlando can’t win a game when Dwight Howard puts on that kind of performance, where are they going this year?
3. Despite their embarrassing effort in game one, I do think the Lakers will bounce back and win their series in six games. San Antonio/Memphis has the feel of a seven game series, which could really go either way.
4. Derrick Rose showed why he was the MVP on Saturday. Let’s see how the Bulls respond tonight after surviving Indiana’s best shot in game one.
TOJ at SB Nation NY begins his position by position preview of the NFL Draft for the New York Jets, starting with summarizing their top needs.
I also took a little informal Twitter poll of who a few other fellow Jets writers/bloggers have the team taking with the 30th overall pick, with the first round only three weeks away —
Manish Mehta (@TheJetsStream) “I think they trade up for OLB…. I’m going with [Akeem] Ayers.”
Brian Bassett (@Brian_Bassett) “I’ll go Baylor NT Phil Taylor.”
Deb B (@LilMissNYJet) – “Pending Taylor off the boards by #30…….I’m picking Brooks Reed. I want him over Akeem Ayers for OLB need.”
Jeff Capellini (@GreenLanternJet) “I still think Phil Taylor should be the pick if he’s available. If not, [Marvin] Austin or [Justin] Houston.”
Chris Celletti (@ChrisCelletti) “They have to go best DE available…likely Phil Taylor.”
Kiera Massette (@KieraMassette) “…I really like the idea of Marvin Austin.”
For the record, TOJ is taking Phil Taylor as of right now.
I also asked Jason La Canfora of NFL.com about the chances of the Jets getting Temple DT/DE Muhammad Wilkerson and he responded “looking doubtful. Things could change but low 20s could be lowest he falls.”