NBA Playoffs 2016!

Hey folks, it’s me again back at it with some sports coverage because I’m not sure what else I’d do besides study and suffer and study (with all of this valuable time). So now I’ve shifted my focus from March Madness to the Warriors and the rest of the Championship hopefuls in the NBA. Let’s see what comes of this shall we? In this initial post, I am going to not only keep track of the actual statistics (in terms of who wins and loses), but also list some of my thoughts on potential game and series winners. It’s all back to square one now and it’s technically anyone’s game. Let’s begin.

Some Initial Thoughts

In the East we have the beasts that are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks. Not to mention the savvy Celtics, Hornets, Pacers and Pistons. The Bulls and Wizards just missed the mark.

In the West however we have the rampaging Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder. Alongside these sky-high teams are the likes of the Clippers, Trail Blazers, Mavericks, Grizzlies and Rockets. The Jazz just didn’t play the right tune this time around.

Standings in the East

1Cavaliers – 57/25

2Raptors – 56/26

3Heat – 48/34

4Hawks – 48/34

5Celtics – 48/34

6Hornets – 48/34

7Pacers – 45/37

8Pistons – 44/38

Standings in the West

1Warriors – 73/9

2Spurs – 67/15

3Thunder – 55/27

4Clippers – 53/29

5Trail Blazers – 44/38

6Mavericks – 42/40

7Grizzlies – 42/40

8Rockets – 41/41

Current Game Standings

1Cavaliers v 8Pistons 1-0 Cleveland G1 106-101

2Raptors v 7Pacers 1-1 Tied G2 98-87 Toronto

3Heat v 6Hornets 1-0 Miami G1 123-91

4Hawks v 5Celtics 2-0 Atlanta G2 89-72

1Warriors v 8Rockets 2-0 Golden State G2 115-106

2Spurs v 7Grizzlies 2-0 San Antonio G2 94-68

3Thunder v 6Mavericks 1-1 Tied G2 85-84 Dallas

4Clippers v 5Trail Blazers 1-0 Los Angeles G1 115-95

Some Game Notes

  1. The 7Pacers had a strong ten point victory over the 2Raptors in their first game, largely outscoring the other team in the second half. The 1Warriors trounced the 8Rockets in their first matchup by well over twenty points. The 4Hawks edged out the 5Celtics by a measly one point in theirs. Then the 3Thunder dominated the 6Mavericks in game one.
  2. Come Sunday, the 1Cavaliers beat the 8Pistons by a small margin of five points. The 3Heat turned it up a notch against the 6Hornets, beating them by nearly thirty points. The 2Spurs routed the 7Grizzlies. The 4Clippers dunked on the 5Trail Blazers easily by twenty points.
  3. The 2Raptors turned things around for a game two victory over the 7Pacers. The 6Mavericks edged out the 3Thunder by one. The 1Warriors let the 8Rockets get a bit closer but still took the cake.
  4. The 4Hawks lengthened their lead on the 5Celtics for another win. The 2Spurs showed absolutely no mercy against the 7Grizzlies for the second time.

My Potential Winners v Actual Winners

Round One (7 Games Each Potentially)

1Cavaliers v 8Pistons | Game 1: Cavs W Game 2: Cavs W Game 3: Pistons W Game 4: Cavs W Game 5: Cavs W | Cavs W 4-1

2Raptors v 7Pacers | Game 1: Pacers W Game 2: Pacers L Game 3: Raptors W Game 4: Raptors W Game 5: Raptors W Game 6: Pacers W Game 7: Raptors W | Raptors W 4-3

3Heat v 6Hornets | Game 1: Heat W Game 2: Heat W Game 3: Hornets W Game 4: Heat W Game 5: Heat W | Heat W 4-1

4Hawks v 5Celtics | Game 1: Celtics L Game 2: Hawks W Game 3: Celtics W Game 4: Celtics W Game 5: Hawks W Game 6: Hawks W | Hawks W 4-2

1Warriors v 8Rockets | Game 1: Warriors W Game 2: Warriors W Game 3: Warriors W Game 4: Rockets W Game 5: Warriors W | Warriors W 4-1

2Spurs v 7Grizzlies | Game 1: Spurs W Game 2: Spurs W Game 3: Grizzlies W Game 4: Spurs W Game 5: Grizzlies W Game 6: Spurs W | Spurs W 4-2

3Thunder v 6Mavericks | Game 1: Thunder W Game 2: Thunder L Game 3: Thunder W Game 4: Mavericks W Game 5: Thunder W Game 6: Thunder W | Thunder W 4-2

4Clippers v 5Trail Blazers | Game 1: Clippers W Game 2: Clippers W Game 3: Trail Blazers W Game 4: Clippers W Game 5: Clippers W | Clippers W 4-1

Round Two (7 Games Each Potentially)

1Cavaliers v 4Hawks | Game 1: Cavaliers W Game 2: Hawks W Game 3: Cavaliers W Game 4: Cavaliers W Game 5: Hawks W Game 6: Cavaliers W | Cavs W 4-2

3Heat v 2Raptors | Game 1: Raptors W Game 2: Raptors W Game 3: Heat W Game 4: Heat W Game 5: Heat W Game 6: Heat W | Heat W 4-2

1Warriors v 4Clippers | Game 1: Warriors W Game 2: Warriors W Game 3: Clippers W Game 4: Warriors W Game 5: Warriors W | Warriors W 4-1

3Thunder v 2Spurs | Game 1: Spurs W Game 2: Spurs W Game 3: Thunder W Game 4: Spurs W Game 5: Thunder W Game 6: Thunder W Game 7: Thunder W | Thunder W 4-3

Round Three (7 Games Each Potentially)

1Cavaliers v 3Heat | Game 1: Heat W Game 2: Cavaliers W Game 3: Heat W Game 4: Heat W Game 5: Cavaliers W Game 6: Cavaliers W Game 7: Heat W | Heat W 4-3

1Warriors v 3Thunder | Game 1: Thunder W Game 2: Warriors W Game 3: Warriors W Game 4: Thunder W Game 5: Warriors W Game 6: Warriors W | Warriors W 4-2

NBA Finals (7 Games Potentially)

3Heat v 1Warriors | Game 1: Warriors Game 2: Warriors Game 3: Heat Game 4: Warriors Game 5: Heat Game 6: Warriors | Warriors W 4-2

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