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NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

LeBron James leads the Miami Heat into the NBA PlayoffsThe 2011 NBA Playoffs kicks off on Saturday, April 16th with the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Chicago Bulls matching up against the eighth-seeded Indiana Pacers at 1PM ET on ESPN. It's appropriate that the Bulls start the NBA postseason since they are also the NBA's top-seeded team, earning homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs with a regular season record of 62-20. So, how do the Eastern Conference series shake out for all of the playoff participants? Peep the preview below.

1. Chicago Bulls (62-20) vs. 8. Indiana Pacers (37-45)

The Bulls (36-5 at home; 26-15 on the road) are led by MVP-favorite Derrick Rose, but certainly have more than the dynamic point guard to thank for the organization's stellar success this season. The Bull have a good mix of scorers (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer), defensive-minded big men (Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson) and solid role players (Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver). They were second overall in points allowed (91.3) and the new attitude of non-stop effort and defensive cohesiveness has a lot to do with new head coach, Tom Thibodeau, who has to be considered as the favorite Head Coach of the Year.

The Pacers (24-17 at home; 13-28 on the road) are almost a vagabond group that made the playoffs due to the overall weakness of the Eastern Conference as they are the only under-.500 team in the postseason. They made a spirited effort when assistant Frank Vogel was named interim head coach, going 20-18 and obviously made the playoffs. Danny Granger is the top talent in the group and while Darren Collison was a bit of a disappointment, other players stepped up their games, particularly Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert. Rookie Paul George also showed flashes of big-time ability.

However, the Bulls will be too much for the Pacers who seem disjointed compared to the smooth-running machine that is the Bulls. Prediction: Bulls in four games.

 

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EndScore Report: Western Conference NBA Playoffs Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili,and Tim Duncan once again lead the San Antonio Spurs into the playoffsDV and Chris delve into each series of the Western Conference NBA Playoffs with the San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers against the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks versus Portland Trail Blazers, and Oklahoma City Thunder versus the surging Denver Nuggets. Once again the Spurs are one of the favorites to take the west led by the trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan. However, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and the rest of the Lakers are the defending champs. The Dallas Mavericks came close to a title several years ago and the Oklahoma City Thunder look like they'll be contenders for several years with the core duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Who takes the Western Conference series? Peep the opinion of DV and Chris!

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EndScore Report: Eastern Conference NBA Playoffs Preview

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, NBA, Playoffs,

Derrick Rose leads the Chicago Bulls into the NBA PlayoffsIn this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris look at all of the match-ups in the Eastern Conference NBA playoffs with the Chicago Bulls versus the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat versus Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics versus New York Knicks, and the Orlando Magic versus the Atlanta Hawks. Who will step up in the east? Derrick Rose and the Bulls look primed to take the conference, but the Heat and its Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh won't go down easy. Neither will the "old" Big Three of the Celtics - Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce - however, how will the trade of Kendrick Perkins affect the team. And, finally, how about the Magic and its big man, Dwight Howard. Are there implications to how the team's postseason results will affect his staying or leaving the team? Listen to what DV and Chris have to say!

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EndScore Report: IN YOUR FACE BoSox and Gloria James!

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, MLB, NBA, News,

LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, arrestedDV and Chris back at you with another EndScore Report edition of "In Your Face" where we call out that past week's dumbest athlete (or athlete's mom), team, coach, and any other sports-affiliated personality. This was recorded during halftime of the New York Knicks/New Jersey Nets game, so there's obvious background noise... deal with it! This week, Chris goes after the Boston Red Sox's slow start and DV hopes that LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, would act her age. Listen here for the full-blown brashness!

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EndScore Report: The New York Knicks and Above-.500 Dream

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Injuries, Kudos, NBA, Trades,

EndScore Report: The New York Knicks and Above-.500 DreamDV and Chris speak on the New York Knicks and the team's ability to finish the NBA season with an above-.500 regular season record. The Knicks are on track to make it happen with a 40-38 record currently and only four games left. Two winnable games against the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers will seal the deal and it won't matter what the outcome would be versus the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics to close out the season. The dream can happen!

However, while Carmelo Anthony was a significant acquisition for the Knicks, it's hard to ignore the Denver Nuggets who have basically been on a tear since Melo was traded. The Nuggets are currently 48-30 and have a chance to win 50 games, if not more. The above-.500 dream has at least become a reality for one team. Fulfill our dreams and give our thoughts on the Knicks and Nuggets a listen!

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EndScore Report: MLB One-Week Overreaction

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Kudos, MLB,

Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals for MVPDV and Chris take a look at the MLB season thus far. Yes, barely one week in, they overreact to what's gone down thus far. The Kansas City Royals are on top of the AL Central, the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff looks unstoppable, and the New York Mets are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL Central! Someone check to see if hell has frozen over! And, can you say, Alex Gordon for AL MVP? Listen here!

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EndScore Report: In Your Face LeBron James and Two Idiot Dodgers Fans

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In your face LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat your Miami HeatDV and Chris look at the past week and call out the players, coaches, teams, or in this week's case, fans, that deserve an "in your face" for something idiotic that they've done. Chris goes first and gives an "in your face" to LeBron James of the Miami Heat. DV doesn't go after anyone officially affiliated with a professional team, but instead goes after a couple of idiotic Los Angeles Dodgers fans... and, no, San Francisco Giants fans, Dodgers fans aren't all idiots. Give a listen to this edition of IN YOUR FACE here!

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EndScore Report: National League Preview

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Albert Pujols is the preseason National League MVP favorite in his contract yearIn this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris make their selections for the division winners of the National League East, Central, West, and Wild Card, as well as the MVP and Cy Young winners. Will the preseason favorite Philadelphia Phillies take the east? How will the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants do? Will a contract season help propel Albert Pujols to the MVP? Roy Halladay won the Cy Young last year with the Phillies, so will another Philly pitcher take the prize? Cliff Lee? Roy Oswalt? Cole Hamels? Find out here!

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EndScore Report: In Your Face Duke and Knicks!

The Duke University Blue Devils get the In Your Face treatmentDV and Chris get down with the inaugural edition of In Your Face, a weekly feature (most likely on Fridays) where they call out a player, coach, and/or team. This week, the Duke University Blue Devils and New York Knicks get the In Your Face treatment. Duke is no longer in the NCAA Tournament after losing to the Arizona Wildcats and it's sweetness for about 99% of the population. The New York Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony and it's not looking so good. The EndScore Report recently reviewed the trade, but the team's losing streak and the Denver Nuggets' winning ways was just too noteworthy not to give the Knicks an In Your Face. Listen to the gloating and sadness.

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EndScore Report: Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Front Office, MLB, News,

Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo EpsteinDV and Chris discuss the motives, background, and validity of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter's statements about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein. Naturally, Showalter would say something about AL East rival teams, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. When you consider that he's lost two jobs (Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks) because he would alienate his players and management, going after someone outside of the organization is a breath of fresh air. Does Showalter make good arguments? Hear what we have to say.

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