Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday's 15 NBA Playoff Takeaways - Closeout Specials

15) The Hawks closed out the Magic while shooting 39% from the floor, forgetting to defend for much of crunch time, or appearing to be any more serious of a problem for the Bulls than their first round opponent

14) In a related note, the Dwight Howard Relocation Sweepstakes starts now

13) Any relation between the 2011 Hedo Turkoglu and previous year's models is purely accidental

12) JJ Redick missed a wide-open three that would have tied it in the closing seconds, shocking everyone who has come to expect big clutch performances from Duke players

11) While the Hawks won in six games, saying that Jason Collins actually did much to impede Howard is kind of stretching it

10) As usual in these things, the Lakers' size eventually choked the life out of their game but overmatched opponents in a series that became progressively less interesting and fun to watch

9) When Andrew Bynum is the best Laker on the court, you aren't beating them

8) Chris Paul led the Hornets in rebounding in several games, and in a related note, the Chris Paul Relocation Show starts now

7) Ever since they ran off Sasha Vujacic, the Laker bench is no longer an open wound

6) This series ended in the second quarter of Game Five when Kobe Byant put Emeka Okafor on his tombstone poster, and Chris Paul stopped walking on water

5) Portland learned that it's generally not wise to make Dirk Nowitzki angry with cheap shots, and that just because Jason Terry usually dogs it in the playoffs, that he always will

4) While it's always hard to see Mark Cuban happy, it's always good to see Paul Allen sad

3) Andre Miller and Jason Kidd fought each other to a sleepy, fading and early soft meal eating draw, until Kidd's fourth quarter three in the teeth of another choke job

2) For all of the pain that Mavs Fan has endured over the team's rampant playoff failures, it's not as if the Blazers had won a series in this century either (no, 2000 does not count as this century)

1) The fast end to multiple series, rather than the fun drama of multiple Game Sevens, is all the proof that you need that David Stern does not have the control over the game that he once did

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