The second round didn’t provide the same drama as the first. There were no Game 7s. No upsets, either. We were treated to plenty of good games and epic performances, but some of them were tainted by sketchy officiating, as Doc expresses above. They did set up two epic series in the conference finals, however.
Before we delve into the playoffs anymore, let’s take a look at the current BSB(R) standings.
- Chris Nolop still leads by a decent margin with 66.
- Tim Q continues to suffer, with a tourney-low 17 points. And unlike Roy Hibbert, he won’t get the chance to turn it around as all of his picks are now eliminated.
- Ten of the 24 participants managed to correctly predict every conference finalist. I’m not sure whether that’s impressive or not, given that the top two seeds from each conference made it, but it schwas what it schwas.
- Taizo had the strongest second round, predicting all four winners correctly and the number of games in three of the four series.
As for the NBA…
Eastern Conference Semifinals
Pacers-Wizards: The Wiz started the series with the same swagger they showed against Chicago, winning the first game in Indy and nearly winning the second. Everyone in this series–on both sides–at one point laid and egg and at another looked like an All-Star. The Wizards only laid eggs at home, though, where they finished 1-4 during the post season.
- Hero: Fishing
- Goat: Washington’s Shooting (29.8 3PT%; 68.9 FT%)
- Line of the series: Marcin Gortat channeled his inner Hakeem and went 13-15 from the field for 31 points and 16 rebounds (7 offensive) in a gutsy Game 5 win.
Heat-Nets: We wanted to like this series. Pierce and KG going up against LeBron and the Heat. A 4-0 regular season advantage for the Nets. And who doesn’t like an excuse to chant BROOK-LYN? The Nets looked clueless in close games, though, and the Heat ended this one in a gentleman’s sweep.
- Hero: LeBron James
- Goat: Father time
- Line of the series: LBJ notched 49 points (16-24 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 14-19 FT), to go along with 3 steals and 1 turnover to bring the Heat back to Miami leading 3-1.
Western Conference Semifinals
Spurs-Blazers: The Spurs did what they always do: they found away to make the most beautiful basketball as boring as possible. The series felt over before it began, or at the least, after the first half of game one. The Spurs let the Blazers take a game after going up 3-0, probably to remind the world that they are not robots.
- Hero: Kawhi Leonard
- Goat: The Blazers’ bench
- Line of the series: Leonard had 22 points (9-15 FG), 7 boards, 2 assists, and 5 steals (no turnovers!) in a series-clinching Game 5.
Thunder-Clippers: This was far and away the most exciting series. Four MVP candidates (including the actual MVP), bitter hatred for one another, and high-quality basketball left and right. The Clippers went down 3-2 following an epic comeback for the Thunder. It was a whirlwind finish, with Chris Paul becoming point-human and some controversial officiating.
- Hero: The Durant-Westbrook combination.
- Goat: Donald Sterling. Always will be. Fuck him.
- Line of the series: Kevin Durant went buckwild, posting 39-16-5 in a Game 6 clincher.
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