We’re about to get some terrific second-round NBA Playoff matchups, beginning with Sunday’s Game 1 between bitter rivals Washington and Boston. To help us take a deep dive into that series and the other two already set (Rockets-Spurs, Raptors-Cavaliers), we dialed up old friend Michael Pina, now of VICE Sports.
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Among the topics discussed:
How both teams are fueled by disrespect, yet in different ways.
How do the Celtics properly hide Isaiah Thomas on defense? How do the Wizards actually guard Thomas on the other end? Can the Wizards guard Al Horford when he’s playing center?
Ah yes, Denver. It’s always a critical time for Denver. They finally have a centerpiece player in Jokic, and I am quite fond of much of their young talent. They really need to figure out that point guard situation, though. And the veteran logjam. I’d like the Nuggets to be good again. That was a great basketball market back in the day and I think it can be again with the right combinations.
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Let’s spin this forward. What second round series has your attention? I’m all in on the East right now.
Spurs vs. Rockets should be educational. Houston brought the beatdown to San Antonio in Game 1, but series are long and full of twists. The Spurs will have something to say. We’ll see if the Rockets can hold up. Cavaliers vs. Raptors could get interesting too, assuming Monday’s game was more about Toronto’s typical Game 1 malaise. (I know better than to doubt LeBron. Man, what a rookie mistake not picking Cleveland to make it back to the finals.) It’s pretty clear that Wizards-Celtics will be a series of barn burners.