Well, well, well – just when you thought a few of these first round series’ would be over quick, easy and painless…you thought wrong…! This weekend several underdogs pulled their socks right up and pulled off some seriously unexpected victories. The NBA Playoffs have been just like an episode of the Young and the Restless, the drama has been extended for your viewing pleasure!
Everyone seems to want to fast track to see the heavyweight class teams embark in a royal rumble in the conference semi-finals…PEOPLE, lets slow it down and enjoy the ride! Playoff basketball is a beautiful thing – the more the merrier!
On Friday, we saw the LA Lakers take control of their series against the New Orleans Hornets, with their impressive Game 3 victory! WAIT…HOLD UP… NOT SO FAST… Sunday night was a totally different story. Chris Paul showed the Lakers, whose boss! With his inspiring triple-double, he reminded everyone on the court, including ‘yo momma’ to NEVER count him or his team out.
A day before, the Memphis Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead, when they re-planted that No.1 seed…AKA the San Antonio Spurs, right back into the dirt. Randolph came out with a serious roar draining a 3, to clutch the win in the final minute.
Who would have ever thought the Hornets or the Grizzlies would escape the wild and win 2 games – I mean really? I sure didnt…but here we are. Lets not get gassed, both teams still have some serious work to do if they want to come through with a serious upset.
All this West talk makes me want to rotate to the East, where the sun isn’t shining! The Indiana Pacers and Philidelphia 76ers have each extended their series by refusing to quietly depart. Orlando..? Anybody out there? – With Orlando on the brink of elimination, it seems like everyone’s head is left spinning and their eyes are popping out of their sockets! But this is why I LOVE basketball! The DRAMA! The HARDER the challenge, the more aggressive the fight …! The ROUGHER the game, the more we anticipate the next! Pulling, grabbing, scratching, diving on loose balls, taking charge and all the dirty talk – I WANT IT ALL…!
In the midst of all this action, we cant help but ask, who will lose their glass slipper? But the NBA playoffs is no time for cute little Cinderella stories. These teams need to stop living in their little fairy tales and waving their princess wands around because their time is ticking and the big, bad basketball villains are out to get them when they least expect it!
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Written by Melissa Tzotzis