Because I haven't done a basketball wrap-up in a couple days, and because I really don't want to have to talk about hockey, here's a run-down of what the first round of NBA playoffs will look like:
#1 Mavericks vs #8 Clippers/Warriors — Warriors are up a game with a game to play (at Portland); the Clips own the tie-break and host the Hornets tonight. The Warriors haven't made the playoffs since 1995, when Richard Nixon was president.
#2 Suns vs #7 Lakers — A rematch of last year's seven-game thriller full of bad blood and last-second wins. Only this year, the Suns have Amare' (Mr. Stoudemire, if you're nasty).
#3 Spurs vs #6 Nuggets — The Pete Sampras of Basketball will match its plodding style with the gelling, fast-paced Nuggets. If only Denver could play on a clay court, they'd have it made.
#4 Jazz vs #5 Rockets — The finally-healthy Rockets will have home-court for this one. I don't want to say the Jazz don't stand a chance, but… they really don't.
Ha. Like it matters.