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Stars come out as NBA playoffs begin
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 18, 2013 @ 2:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Growing season by season in the past few years, the NBA playoffs have reached a remarkably intriguing high point on the floor and on the bench.
Infused with a talented concoction of aging future Hall of Famers (we still see you Boston’s Kevin Garnett, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and New York’s Jason Kidd), stars at the top of their game (Miami’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul need no introduction) and emerging young guns (welcome Houston’s James Harden, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Indiana’s Paul George, Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez and Denver’s Kenneth Faried), the 2013 playoffs promise excitement and drama.
Don’t forget the guys stalking the sidelines: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Boston’s Doc Rivers and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra – all NBA champions; Denver’s George Karl may not have a title, but no one disputes his value on the bench; Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks has been to the NBA Finals; Indiana’s Frank Vogel, Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and New York’s Mike Woodson have earned their reputations. Golden State’s Mark Jackson found his way this season. Don’t forget about the jobs Memphis’ Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn’s P.J. Carlesimo, Houston’s Kevin McHale and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Vinny Del Negro have done. Atlanta’s Larry Drew, Milwaukee’s Jim Boylan and Los Angeles Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni have endured in difficult situations.
Whether strategic set plays called by coaches and executed by players or amazing improvisation by players, the next two months showcase the best of the NBA and maybe the best the NBA has seen in several seasons.
It all begins Saturday with four first-round games in the Eastern Conference and four in the Western Conference and continue Sunday with four games in each conference.
Go ahead and fill in the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder for the Finals. But keep the delete key handy. Plenty will transpire, much of it expected and some of it unexpected.
In the East, the intrigue begins with the Knicks and Celtics, passing each other in opposite directions. For the first time years, New York is favored against Boston, but as ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff … [For more on Stars come out as NBA playoffs begin this weekend, click here.]
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