Observations from Game 1 of Toronto/Brooklyn
The Larry O'Brien trophy isn't the only thing driving this year's playoff field. There are deeper driving forces beneath the surface, and Derek has uncovered them all just in time for tip-off.
[caption id="attachment_5769" align="alignnone" width="590"] Apr 11, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) takes a breather during the second half against the Indiana Pacers at American
Lee Jenkins is in the house.
I come not to bury Luis Scola, but to praise him.
That analysis of the crushing impact Andrew Bogut’s indefinite absence will have on the Warriors playoff hopes has been relegated to one side of the ball is extremely telling. Golden State was a defensive team first and foremost this season, after all, due in large part to the supreme influence of its seven-foot Aussie. But his near-dominance on that end of the floor not withstanding, we’d be remiss to continue acting as if the loss of Bogut won’t prove detrimental to the Warriors offense, too. And considering that reality, it bears mentioning that Golden State is in even more trouble against the Clippers than anyone's anticipating.
The Sixers have received our derision all season, labeled as faceless losers. But, who are these guys really?
Where there is nothing positive for miles and miles except for a 7 footer with a frowny face and a middle-aged former shooting guard packing his bags.
Luol Deng won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, which should serve as some small consolation amid a season that has, to be frank, sucked for him.
The Miami Heat have had several opportunities over the last few weeks to lock up the first seed in the Eastern Conference. But they didn't get a damn.