Bulls-Wizards Playoff Preview: Five Key Factors

Leave a comment

Joakim NoahThe Wizards made us really, really upset on the final night of the regular season by moving up from sixth place to fifth place, denying us a rematch of last year’s Bulls-Nets series that went seven games and was won by Joakim Noah in his old home borough.

Well, I guess it wasn’t the Wizards’ fault. All the Nets needed to do to lock up that matchup (and avoid the Heat in the second round) was beat Cleveland. Instead, they lost by 29.

Hmmm. When you think about it, that might have been the signature moment of this Tankapalooza season.

PODCAST: Michael Scotto on the Possibility of Carmelo Anthony Joining the Chicago Bulls

Leave a comment

New York’s worst nightmare became a reality when the Knicks were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

“The beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we would be in this situation, this position that we’re in right now,” Carmelo Anthony said Sunday.

After missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, Anthony appears further from competing for a championship than ever before.

As a result, the Chicago Bulls have become New York’s top competition for Anthony’s services this summer.

Anthony spoke glowingly of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as Frank Isola wrote for the New York Daily News.

Will Anthony leave New York for Chicago?

I joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony leaving, what will factor into his decision and Phil Jackson believes he’s a fit for his Triangle offense.

Here’s a link below to the podcast in its entirety:

New Basketball Podcasts with Sheridan Hoops Radio on BlogTalkRadio

Michael Scotto is a Sheridan Hoops NBA columnist. You can follow him on Twitter.

Scotto: Brooklyn Nets are Legit Contenders After Sweeping LeBron — UPDATED

1 Comment

LeBron James trophyNo team has done what the Nets have done. And going into the playoffs, what they’ve done should not be dismissed.

On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets became the first team ever to post a 4-0 season series sweep over LeBron James since he entered the league more than a decade ago.

After being crowned by the Nets, James took out his frustration on TNT’s Craig Sager during a postgame interview when asked if Brooklyn was Miami’s biggest challenge in the East.

“Get out of here, Craig,” James replied. “Next question.”

While James avoided the question, there’s no denying it – Brooklyn has a legitimate chance to win the East now.

PODCAST: Better to Finish 2nd than 1st in Eastern Conference?

Leave a comment

Would you sacrifice the possibility of hosting a Game 7 at home in the Eastern Conference finals if it meant a smoother path toward getting to those Eastern Conference finals?

That is a question the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat have to be asking themselves with seven days left in the regular season.

Bernucca: Have Pacers Lost Belief in Themselves?

4 Comments

Believe it or not, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think the Indiana Pacers are coming apart at the seams. Lance Stephenson

“Everybody goes through this,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said last week after San Antonio manhandled Indiana, 103-77, on the Pacers’ home court. “I’m not worried about them. They’ll still make it to the Eastern Conference finals and they’ll still play Miami.”

Parker is somewhat right. From time to time, every championship contender has a stretch during a season where they look ordinary. Addled. Even awful at times.

Last month, the Miami Heat lost three in a row and seven of 11, including a home contest to Denver and a visit to New Orleans after which Chris Bosh plainly said, “We suck.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed back Russell Westbrook as they came out of the All-Star break and immediately lost three straight and five of eight, including a home loss to Cleveland and a road setback to the L.A. Lakers. The Houston Rockets were a pedestrian 8-8 in December, losing at home and on the road to Sacramento, at Utah and being blasted at Oklahoma City and Indiana.

Pages: 1 2