Another Raptors season has ended shorter than fans would like, we’ll have a lot of conversation about that in the coming days. Included in that will be are year end chat with Jack Armstrong which has been scheduled for late next week. Also This Week in Raptorland with our season finale and some thoughts from Amir Johnson and DeMar DeRozan featured in that. Josh Lewenberg and I should have that for you in by the end of the week.
But for now wanted to get my playoff predictions on the record for all of you. I expect to see a Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Finals re-match. But before we get there we need to have a first round.
(1) Miami vs. (8) Milwaukee
Miami in 4 games
Notes: As Raptor fans watch this series and realize that finishing in the final playoff spot is really not all that is cracked up to be
(2) New York vs. (7) Boston
New York In 6 games
Note: I expect a very inspired Celtics squad in this series for obvious reasons. But in the end the Knicks should have the talent to take this series.
(3) Indiana vs. (6) Atlanta
Indiana in 5 games
Note: I don’t see the Hawks putting up much of a fight in stopping the Pacers from moving on.
(4) Brooklyn vs. (5) Chicago
Brooklyn in 7 games
Note: I see this as the most interesting playoff series in the East. In the end Brooklyn should be rocking and I expect that will give them the strength to pull this out. Derrick Rose is not likely to suddenly appear.
(1) Oklahoma City vs. (8) Houston
Oklahoma City in 5 games
Note: This is a perfect match-up for OKC playing a team that plays a similar style but not nearly as effectively or as talented.
(2) San Antonio vs. (7) L.A Lakers
Spurs in 5 games
Note: Lakers slipped in the back door of the playoffs but with no Kobe Bryant it is unlikely they can will some miracle rise from the ashes.
(3) Denver vs. (6) Golden State
Denver in 6 games
Note: This seems like it could be a fun series and highly entertaining and competitive. Up-tempo fun basketball.
(4)L.A Clippers vs. (5) Memphis
Memphis in 7
Note: This likely should be the most competitive and close series of the first round.
So those are my picks for the record. I always wanted to make you aware we are going be holding a playoff party at St Louis Wings. No date has been set yet for that but likely be in early May. Thanks to everyone for another great season. We keep things going through the off-season so don’t forget about us over the Raptors off-season. That said I am sure there will be a few breaks along the way for me.