Monday, May 16, 2011

Gone Fishing, Part Deuce

Los Angeles Lakers

Season: 57-25 (2nd in the West)

Playoffs: S.W.E.P.T. by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round

Wha Happened?: Pau Gasol broke up with his fiancee (apparently thanks to Kobe Bryant and his wife)... Lamar Odom-Kardashian feeling the pressure of starring in a Hollywood reality show... Matt Barnes forgot to lay the blueprint out... and, oh, Shannon Brown swept himself!

Boston Celtics

Season: 56-26 (3rd in the East)

Playoffs: Ceremoniously axed in the 2nd round by the Miami Heat in 5 games.

Wha Happened?: Traded their best big man, Kendrick Perkins, as well as backup guard (and No. 1 Cheerleader) Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder...had no answer for Lebron James and Dwayne Wade...

Memphis Grizzlies

Season: 46-36 (8th in the West)

Playoffs: Slayed by the Thunder in 7 thrilling games.

Wha Happened?: The Grizz have been awesome in these playoffs, but just like every Hail Mary postseason run, it has to end somewhere. And it ended in OKC, particularly, in the hands of one Kevin Durant.

Atlanta Hawks

Season: 44-38 (5th in the East)

Playoffs: Bounced by the Chicago Bulls in 6 games.

Wha Happened?: Despite the combined talents of these Hawks, no one could keep up with NBA MVP Derrick Rose the whole series.

From 16, down to 8. And now, down to the final four. This Conference Finals promises to be one helluva slobber-knocker (word to Jim Ross).

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