This is one of my favorite times of the year. In the first round of the NBA Play-offs, there is a game(s) on each day of the week. No matter what is going on in business or my personal life, I can always find time to watch my games (if I am not home, I always DVR!)
Here are the three match-ups I am most interested in, although there are many good match-ups (and some you should not waste your time watching)
- Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs (Dallas leading 1-0)
- Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz (Lakers leading 1-0)
- Boston Celtics vs Chicago Bulls (Chicago leading 1-0)
I am originally from Massachusetts and grew up watching the Celtics and Lakers (Bird and Magic). I carry the same Celtic keychain that was given to over 20 years ago. I should HATE the Lakers... but I don't. I grew to really enjoy watching 'Showtime', especially when I moved to California in 1984 (in the middle of the Celtic/Laker rivalry).
Now that I live in Frisco Texas (and even a few years before I moved to Texas) I have been a big Maverick fan. Many had doubts about the Jason Kidd trade, but I've watched this guy since he was playing for CAL in college. He is a great team player and exciting for me to watch.
So, now I watch the three series and really enjoy the fact that none of them are facing each other. I can pull for all three teams to move onto the next round. Still crossing my fingers on the Celtic vs Bulls match-up. The Bulls pulled out the first win in Overtime, led by the Rookie 'Rose' with 36 points and 11 assists. A great game to watch, with a disappointing ending.
The Lakers will have an easy SWEEP against Utah, and hopefully Dallas can remain focused against the Spurs (sorry San Antonio fans.. we can still be friends though). I am hoping to see Dallas / Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. And in the West, if the Celtics do not make it, I am hoping to see Orlando against the Cavs.
I hope you enjoy the play-offs like I do. If you don't then thanks for still reading this post. :-)