NBA Playoffs 2011

April 2011, the month that the NBA playoffs begin. There has been a lot of twists and turns even before the regular season began this year. With next year’s season troubled by a looming lockout, this year has shaped up to be a very entertaining season. Starting with LeBron James 1-hour special the Decision thus forming the Miami Heat big three, to the San Antonio Spurs strong showing right off the bat, there has been a lot of drama and headline worthy news throughout the regular season.

Yao Ming was once again injured after returning for a handful of games. the Dallas Mavericks surged through the competition until injuries slowed them down. Kobe Bryant and the defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers have had an up and down season. but perhaps the biggest twist of them all is the re emergence of the Chicago Bulls.

It has been a decade since the Windy City tasted NBA championship (1996-1997 Michael Jordan era). With the emergence of Derrick Rose as a complete player (he has the best chance of getting the season MVP award this year), the Chicago Bulls were able to beat each team at least once this season. Although clinching their playoff spot a long time ago, they did not slow down until the very last game of the season before the NBA playoffs thus clinching the number 1 record in all of NBA; the spot that San Antonio Spurs held onto almost for the entire season. now they enjoy homecourt advantage for the entire playoffs.

Now, let us take a look at the first round match-ups for the NBA playoffs 2011:

For the Western Conference we have the following playoff match-ups

San Antonio Spurs (1) vs Memphis Grizzlies (8)

Los Angeles Lakers (2) vs New Orleans Hornets (7)

Dallas Mavericks (3) vs Portland Trailblazers (6)

Oklahoma City Thunder (4) vs Denver Nuggets (5)

And for the Eastern Conference, we have the following match-ups

Chicago Bulls (1) vs Indiana Pacers (8)

Miami Heat (2) vs Philadelphia 76ers (7)

Boston Celtics (3) vs New York Knicks (6)

Orlando Magic (4) vs Atlanta Hawks (5)

It’s actually anyone’s guess who will win it all. of course there are favorites for this year’s NBA playoffs. Perhaps the most favored team to win the championship is the defending Los Angeles Lakers. they have kept their lineup mainly intact from last year with a few bench additions. the San Antonio Spurs are also looking good as they are one of only 2 teams to reach the 60 wins mark this year. the Chicago Bulls are also in the run-in with the best record of the league this year. Miami Heat, with their strong core of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch are looking to start their promised dynasty this year. Although they have been teetering ever since they traded their defensive anchor in Kendrick Perkins, is still a favorite this year.

With all the twists and turns that happened during the regular season, it is anyone’s guess who will win the big one in this year’s NBA playoffs. You still have the rebuilt new York Knicks, a strong team in Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, the Orlando Magic still has Dwight Howard and deadly 3-point shooting. Basically it’s anyone’s ballgame.

So let the NBA Playoffs begin

NBA Playoffs 2011

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