The Second Round of the Playoffs are here, and here is my analysius of the Second-Round, as well as my picks:.
(1) Detroit Pistons
face the (4) Cleveland Cavaliers
1st game tips off May 7th at 1:00 PM ET on ABC
Thi will be an interesting match-up I believe. The Pistons lead the seasonal series 3-1, the last win being by a 23 point margin. Since that time,
the Cavs have matured more, especially after winning a playoff series. Game 1 should be interesting I think. While many believe that having rest
will allow them to be fresh and ready to go, I think the opposite. Since the Cavs have been playing, they are still in their rythm, but the Pistons,
because of rest, risk having lost the rythm of their own. But that will be only for game 1, and they will be back to themselves in game 2 on. The
Cavs only have one hope and prayer, and that is LeBron James. he doesn't need to score 50 a night, which isn't really possible against the Pistons,
but needs to score in the 30's, while getting his teammates involved with 7-10 assists every night. There is no need to explain what the Pistons must
do, because everyone knows if they play Detroit basketball, they are nearly invincible. However, that doesn't make me cancel out the Cavs just yet.
The Milwaukee Bucks slaughtered the Pistons in one of their games, and the cavs are a MUCH better team than that, so seeing the Cavs actually win this
series isn't much of a long-shot. I think this series will end in 6 games. I also think that it could be either team winning this game to advance,
but the Pistons are the Pistons, so they are my pick.
Detroit in 6
(2) Miami Heat
face the (3) New Jersey Nets
1st game tips off May 8th at 8:00 PM ET on TNT
I think this is going to be another great series. The heat have the advantage in Walker, Shaq, and Wade... but the nets also have Kidd, Jefforson,
and Vinsanity. I think it's going to come down to who wants it more. The Heat struggled playing with the "Baby Bulls", a team many thought were
going to get swept. Turns out they were a team that could have taken that series had the Heat not suddenly stepped it up. Seeing this, I think it
boosted the Nets confidence. However, the Nets shouldn't have won their series. The pacers had injuries, namely Peja Stojakovic, who in the two
games he played in, they won. The Pacers were clearly the better team, but as usual, was plagued with injury and could not close out the series. The
heat knowing this, should also have their confidence up. So both teams will be playing with high confidence, calling for a long, heated series. I
think the deciding factor in this one is this: Shaq. Who on the nets can really guard him? If Shaq has a few big games, it will be the deciding
factor in this series.
Heat in 6
For those interested, he is a link to the ESPN brackets: ESPN