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State of the NBA (Part 2: East; Central)

For Part 1 of my team-by-team breakdown covering the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, click here.  Otherwise, here’s the breakdown, as I see it, of each team from the Central Division.  Again, in reverse order of their regular season record: Continue reading


Round 3, Game 4 (Miami v Chicago)

I don’t want to be that snot that says “I told you so,” but the truth is that I did, so I’m going to take this opportunity to gloat.  If you don’t like listening to (or reading of, as the case may be) my bragging, then you probably need to find another blog to read. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 3 (Miami v Chicago)

Here we go.  I’ve decided that I’m going to change the way I write these blogs to cater to more analysis than recap, which I feel is more interesting both to me as a writer and any reader who is a true basketball fan. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 2 (Chicago v Miami)

So I have a confession to make.  I didn’t watch all of the most of the Chicago game.  Thus I do not have too much to say about it.  However, from what I have seen, as well as the highlights and stats (which, no matter how much Bill Simmons maligns still give a good idea of how the game developed) I got a good idea of how this game played out. Continue reading

Round 3, Game 1 (Chicago v Miami)

I watched this game earlier tonight between intense games of “Bang” (a card game), so I wasn’t watching as intently as I maybe could have.  However, there is still much I can take away from the game.

Remember (if you read my preview blog for the series) when I used the word “desire” about 100 times?  Well, in case anyone was paying the slightest attention, desire, want, passion, whatever – that’s what the Bulls brought to the game and that was what was really missing from the Heat throughout the night.  Every loose ball, every rebound, every broken play ended with a Chicago dunk or 3. Continue reading

Chicago v Miami (Preview)

Here’s a quick rundown of how I see this playoff matchup going down:

Miami wins if: Lebron shows up… for the whole series.  If Miami falls down 2-0 or 2-1, it’s going to take a lot of mental toughness to overcome Chicago’s fantastic, grinding defense.  And Lebron does have a track record of quitness-ing in tough playoff positions.  Miami has had multiple bizzaro stretches where they’ve completely fallen asleep for quarters, halves, games, even weeks at a time.  Can’t do that in a tight playoff game.  If they can muster up the desire, Miami certainly has the talent to take the series in 6. Continue reading