promoted from the diaries
So the questions being posted all over the internet these days are what will the final standings be in the West, who will match up with who, and who WANTS to see or PREFERS one over the other?
Yahoo does an article here, citing a few blogs from around the West and what their opinions are on who they would like to see their respective teams match up against in the first round.
Really? Hmmm... Interesting. Maybe he forgot about this last time we met in the playoffs...
I think to be fair though, TexSun sums up a potential match-up between our two teams the best...Best grudge-match: The Mavericks - Steve Nash vs. Mark Cuban Part 3 with a couple of new twists.
Ironically enough, the Western teams who seem to have started streaking at this all important stretch in the season right now (at least that's what's said as being the factor in the Sterns championship seasons), are the Rockets, Suns and Mavs... Granted the later two have had fairly easy schedules to allow those "mini" streaks, but all three have big games coming up this week that will really tell us where these teams are at as we head into the playoffs.
So from the Mavs perspective, who do we want to see in the first round of the playoffs? IMO, I say the Rockets, Hornets then the Jazz. Rockets haven't gotten out of the first round in forever, and no matter how many games they win, still no Yao and a breakable McGrady. Hornets are young still and yet could still pull a GS on us, but more than likely they will be legit after this year. The Jazz are about as bad as we are away from home, and assuming we stay ahead of them in the standings, we would have home court and I like our chances against them as long as we stay ahead of them in the regular season.
Teams I don't wanna see in the first, second or third rounds... Lakers? Nope, Kobe would average 60 against us. Spurs? Maybe if Harris and Diop were still here, but with the new look team we have I am not sure any more. GS... err, hell no. Jackson still does work in Dirks sleep. PHX? Shaq or no Shaq, Marion or no Marion, the coach with 3 first names could play 2 vs 5 against us with Nash and Amare running the pick and roll all damn day and we still couldn't defend them.
Unfortunately we are going to have to play 2, maybe 3 (start your praying rituals now for this NOT to happen) of the later teams in the playoffs, assuming we make it to the WCF... Then Boston or Detroit. I think our best shot at getting through these playoffs will be to play 2 of the 3 teams that I like our chances against... but this is all wishful thinking and it'd still be VERY difficult with most if not all series going 6 or 7 games in the West no matter who is matched up with who...