By Temple Stark, Casa Grande, AZ
The NBA playoffs – by the numbers.
UPDATE 8:24 PST –
Because I said I’d make them – predictions.
Pistons 4-2 in series
Today’s game 76ers 87-79
Rockets 4-3 in series
Today’s game Rockets 88-81
Boston 4-1 in series
Today’s game Boston 99-79
Seattle 4-2 in series
Today’s game Kings 103-99 (Sonics always start off slow and sometimes get back into it)
Miami 4-1 in series
Today’s game Nets 100-91
Bulls 4-2 in series
Today’s game Wizards 85-81
Spurs 4-3 in series
Today’s game Spurs 87-86
Suns 4-1 in series
Today’s game Suns 101-92
Western – Spurs / Seattle – Spurs, 4-2
Eastern – Detroit / Miami Detroit, 4-2
Final Spurs / Detroit – Spurs 4-3
The play-off race for the The Larry O’Brien championship trophy begins at Noon, PST (all times, PST) Seeds in parentheses (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
Philadelphia 76ers (7) @ Detroit Pistons (2) – Noon, ABC.
Houston Rockets (5) @ Dallas Mavericks (4) – 2:30 pm, ESPN
Indiana Pacers (6) @ Boston Celtics (3) – 5 p.m., ESPN
Sacramento Kings (6) @ Seattle Supersonics (3) – 7:30 p.m., ESPN
New Jersey Nets (8) @ Miami Heat (1) – Noon, ABC
Washington Wizards (5) @ Chicago Bulls (4) – 2:30 p.m., TNT
Denver Nuggets (7) @ San Antonio Spurs (2) – 5 p.m., TNT
Memphis Grizzlies (8) @ Phoenix Suns (1) – 7:30 p.m., TNT
Pacers @ Celtics – 4 p.m., TNT
Rockets @ Mavericks – 6:30 p.m., TNT
Sixers @ Pistons – NBATV – 4 p.m. (NBA TV- not publically broadcast except in local areas)
Nets @ Heat – 5 p.m., TNT
Kings @ Sonics – 7:30 p.m. TNT
(Wednesday on will be updated in new post)
REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
(W=win L=loss a=away h=home) Games in chronological order.
Pistons vs. 76ers (2-1 Pistons advantage in regular season: Wh 99-91, Wh 99-95, La 107-84)
Houston vs Dallas (2-2 in regular season: La 113-106, Lh 102-78, Wa 124-114, Wh 90-69)
Seattle vs. Sacramento. (3-1 Seattle SuperSonics advantage in regular season – Wa 108-78, Wa 106-101, Wh 115-107, La 122-101)
Indiana vs. Boston (2-1 Indiana Pacers advantage in regular season: Wa 100-94, Wh 106-96, La 100-86)
Miami vs. New Jersey (3-0 Miami Heat advantage in regular season: Wa 100-77, Wa 106-90, Wh 90-65)
Washington vs. Chicago (2-1 Washington Wizards advantage in regular season: Wh 95-88, Lh 97-90, Wh 93-82)
San Antonio vs. Denver (2-2 in regular season: Wa 89-75, Wh 99-90, Lh 90-87, La 102-84)
Phoenix vs Memphis (only a 2-2 in regular season Wh 109-102, Lh 88-79, La 108-97, Wa 97-91)
Bulls Eddy Curry who’ll miss the playoffs after discovery of an irregular heartbeat. Mavericks guard Tariq Abdul-Wahad and center Pavel Podkolzin. The Pacers’ Jamaal Tinsely will likely miss the first round of playoffs with a foot injury.
Houston’s Charlie Ward and forward Juwan Howard will miss the playoffs.
New Jersey’s Ron Mercer will miss the playoffs.
Ron Artest still suspended and will remain so through the playoffs).
Doubtful are Eduardo Najera (Nuggets), Peja Stojakovic (Kings), Devin Brown (Spurs), Vladimir Radmonivic (Seattle)
Most everyone else is either in or probable. On the probable to play list includes Tracy McGrady (Rockets), Rasheed Wallace (Pistons), Richard Hamilton (Pistons), Shaquille O’ Neal (Miami), Mike Bibby (Kings), Ray Allen (Seattle) and Rasdhard Lewis (Seattle)
The Kings will see the return of Bobby Jackson and Brad Miller and have added big(ger) men Brian Skinner and Kenny Thomas.
From the AP and NBA: Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson was the NBA’s leading scorer in the regular season, averaging 30.7 points, well ahead of No. 2 Kobe Bryant of the Lakers (27.6).
Shaquille O’Neal topped the league by making 60.1 percent of his field goal attempts.
Steve Nash of Phoenix averaged a league-best 11.5 assists.
Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett led the league in rebounding with a 13.5 average.
The Phoenix Suns had the NBA’s best record (62-20). Miami and San Antonio each had 59 wins.
The Atlanta Hawks had the NBA’s worst record (13-69). New Orleans and Charlotte each had 18 wins (Both are recent expansion teams.)
The 2004-2005 NBA Season saw regular season attendance averaging 17,314 per game, the highest in league history, and best since the 1995-1996 season the Associated Press reports. Compare to the overall abysmally low crowds around the baseball parks.
I don’t have memories of Bird-Johnson match-ups so indulge me here. Basketball is hands-down the best value for money. It is the best spectator sport. Baseball definitely has much more dramatic moments (cause the games feel like forever) and drama is rare in the NFL. Pursue the benefits of other sports yourself. (I’m partial to nine-ball pool but that’s just cause I’m good at it).
Don’t get me wrong, of all the sports I’ve enjoyed watching them all live emmensely. Though the first NBA round should have remained at five games, instead of the seven it is now, it’s still the best team sport in the world. It’s a show of a lot of other distractions as well, but ultimately the combination of skills, and the relationship between players and coaches rules the day.