Bracket Contest Update and Playoff Discussion Thread.

Hey gang. I have posted the standings for the bracket contest below but, as always, I will use this platform to initiate discussion on the NBA playoffs. You are encouraged to post your own thoughts/observations on the subject.

The 2nd round of the playoffs are over and very little about this round ran contrary to my (everyone's?) expectations.

Eastern Conference: I will limit this to as few words as possible as the East is a bit of a disaster right now.

Much has been said on the site about the Bulls/Heat series so I will not repeat too much. Let me just say that I am proud of the Bulls playoff performance and I think that a playoff series victory is a very big deal for them going forward. I am back in 2011-mode where I will be glad to see anyone but the Heat win.

The Knicks/Indiana series is now over with the Knicks playing much worse than advertised. Maybe it it the age/injuries. My initial thought was that Indiana would beat the hell out of them and make them lose there cool. This may or may not have happened but I will have to consult one of the seven people who actually watched some of these games to make sure.

As far as the ECF is concerned, I see Indiana roughing up the Heat quite a bit. I do not think that the Pacers have the scoring to actually pull off the series victory but I think that they will seriously expose Miami's smallball lineups.

Heat in 6

Western Conference:

The Spurs/Warriors series went just as expected. When the Warriors requited 37 minutes to inbound the ball at the end of the Nuggets series, it was clear to me that they lacked the ability to execute required to make a deep playoff run. Contrast that with the Spurs where it is totally unconscious for every player, from Tim Duncan down, to make the extra pass and find the wide open shot. Their attack was relentless, especially compared to the Warriors. Now, I too am human. I loved watching Steph Curry nail 30 footers. That said, if the W's are going to take the next step, they must emulate the Spurs and learn to execute. They need more of a defensive identity and need more and better ball movement on offense (things that the Spurs excel at). Hopefully they can pull this off as they will then be very interesting going forward.

I did not watch much of the Griz/OKC series due to OKC's weakened state.

As far as the WCF goes, this could go either way in my eyes. On the one hand the Spurs look like a well-oiled machine. That said, the Griz are hot right now and are really delivering with their bruising front-court. I see this series going to 6 or 7 with the Griz being the eventual winners.

Griz in 6 (only because if it goes to 7 I will have to change to the Spurs due to home-court advantage).


I said this last time but I have the Griz winning it all (if I could redo my bracket). I will revise this by saying that I think that whoever comes out of the West will win it all. My reasoning is that the Heat's game-plan is to force their opponent into awkward match-ups/positioning. That is all well and good if the only sacrifice that you must make is a mildly hot night from Carlos Boozer. If you have Shane Battier and Chris Bosh guarding ZBo and Gasol, you will pay. The same is true for the Spurs. Throw in that the Spurs have a large number of wing defenders to throw at LeBron James and I think that the Heat winning the championship is not the forgone conclusion that seems to be the conventional wisdom.

Alright gang. That's it. The Bulls are out but they went down valiantly and are poised to be real contenders next year. I loved this team and am very proud of them. Go Bulls! Please discuss the playoffs at length. Post-away.

Patty Mills, Juicy Dengler 180 Spurs View
xkellenx's bracket, xkellenx 160 Heat View
drock8686, drock8686 145 Spurs View
Otherface NBA Bracket, otherface 145 Heat View
simplebracket, prevenge 140 Heat View
JGB bracket, JimmehGBuckets 135 Heat View
This Bracket Stinks, windycitywarrior 135 Spurs View
It's gonna happen!!!!, masputo 135 Bulls View
chicity773, chicity773 125 Heat View
The worst bracket, metalkiwis 125 Thunder View
Boom, xshwanger 125 Bulls View
I-hope-not bracket, odwallajuicish 125 Heat View
Spyder007's Bracket, Spyder007 115 Bulls View
Doshi 1, Doshi 115 Heat View
2013, jnegron414 115 Heat View
The Butler did It's Bracket, The Butler Did It 115 Heat View
cubbybear, cubbybear 110 Heat View
tuff-gong's baracket, tuff-gong 110 Bulls View
Dmes' Bracket, Dmes 110 Heat View
Shortkid99's Bracket, Eric Feigin 110 Heat View
livesinnoahsbasement, livesinnoahsbasement 105 Bulls View
mrdope, mrdope 105 Heat View
bleigh82, bleigh82 100 Heat View
Fake Bracket for Test Purposes., JDW 100 Heat View
Plywooded, Plywooded 90 Nuggets View
Mitch Stevens Bracket, Mitch Stevens 85 Clippers View
B Smurf, Basketball Smurf 85 Heat View
Slaughterhouse, DreSlaughter45 80 Thunder View
theRETURN, cowraiser 55 Bulls View

FanPosts are user-created posts from the BlogABull community, and are to be treated as the opinions and views of that particular user, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.