Monday, April 1, 2013

NBA March Madness!

As teams head down the homestretch and begin gearing up for the playoffs, Roundball takes a look back at The Ides of March in the Eastern Conference and the madness that was the Miami Heat win streak.

Beasts of the East

So there's this team called the +Miami HEAT and they went on this 27 game winning streak.  Have you heard?  They're pretty good.  They are one of the best passing teams in the league and spread the floor better than anyone.  Toss in several sharpshooters along with the best fast break in basketball and it's lights out.  If James and Wade are healthy, it doesn't appear anyone will be able to stop them.

LeBron Heat win streak
You're standing on the tracks and the train's coming through, butt-head.

Rest of the Pack

Despite multiple injuries to their starting lineup, the Knicks have rolled off eight straight wins and regained some of their early season form with a brand new rotation.  Kenyon Martin has provided solid depth in the paint while the team waits for Amare to return by the playoffs.  Jason Kidd has been the team's MVP this season, running the floor and distributing the rock to a bevy of scorers.  Having two point guards on the floor in Kidd and Felton has allowed a guy like JR Smith to flourish.  No longer having to force up bad shots, JR has been on a scoring tear as of late and has benefiting from the leadership and teamwork of J Kidd.  But can the Knicks upend the Heat?  Either way they'll be fun to watch in the playoffs.

Knicks orange uniforms
Earl Smith dropped 30+ points in back to back to back games this week

Indiana has also been banged up most of the year, with Danny Granger announcing last week that his year is over before it even began.  In his place Paul George has stepped up and established himself as a legit All-Star.  Currently a #3 seed, the solid team core of George Hill, Roy Hibbert, and David West have helped lead the +Indiana Pacers in the East all year.  Will that be enough to take a shot at the Heat? 

The +Brooklyn Nets have been playing better of late.  Reggie Evans is a rebound MACHINE, and D Will has finally played up to his contract, dishing out dimes and dropping threes all over the court.  The defensive duo of Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace has provided the Nets with much needed toughness against a weak East.  Do they have what it takes to make a deep playoff run their first year in Brooklyn?

It's GOT to be the shoes
Over the last month the +Boston Celtics have seen the resurgence of Jeff Green. Since moving to starter, Green has averaged 17 points and 5 boards, providing Boston with a nice scoring punch.  Come playoff time he should provide them with a shot in the arm as Garnett and Pierce look to make one more deep run into the heart of the East.

The +Chicago Bulls are hoping that a certain Rose blooms early in Spring.  The Bulls proved they are a quality defensive team and a return by Derrick Rose at the right time could upset the balance of power and set up an intriguing first round match-up.

Roundball touched on the hot play of the +Milwaukee Bucks last month.  The article discussed how the killer guard play combo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings along with the interior presence of Larry Sanders could cause problems for a top-seeded team.  Well the Bucks have cooled off as of late, but they still stand to give one lucky team a tough out in the first round.

Illyasova Grant Hill
Known for his rebounding and three point shooting,
Illyasova recently introduced "pattycake" into his repertoire

Last but not least, the +Philadelphia 76ers announced Andrew Bynum's season was over as the big man chose to clean out both knees, most likely ending his career as a Sixer and Doug Collins' time as head coach.  This trade should only set Philly back about five years or so.  

Andrew Bynum hurt
Now playing at a Rehab Clinic near you!

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