|Trophies are always welcome in BuffNation, regardless of sport and circumstance. From MCLA.us|
Today in the bag, I'm talking NBA and NHL playoffs.
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Around the NBA Playoffs
Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat -
They've looked like garbage since February, and could've easily dropped either of their first two series, but the Indiana Pacers are still alive, and take on the vaunted Heat with the one thing they didn't have last season - home court advantage. In a league dominated by teams playing in front of friendly faces, that advantage is worth its weight in gold. Accordingly, the Pacers took Game 1 107-96 Sunday afternoon.
|Hey, look, the Pacers decided to show up!|
Of course, Indiana might have been helped by a return to their pre-Turner chemistry, as the lamented forward sat out Game 1 with strep throat. Whatever the cause, they certainly seemed like the Pacers of old. Your move, Miami.
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder -
This is the lone series of the four remaining in basketball and hockey that has yet to start. Game 1 is this evening, tipping off in San Antonio at 7pm MT.
For as much as everyone complains about them, I find the San Antonio Spurs fascinating. Based around the best post presence of his generation, an underrated point guard (yes, Tony Parker is underrated), and a cavalcade of supporting parts that all play their role to a 'T,' they are, in a sense, the team we all say we want to root for. They're no non-sense, they're good at what they do, and, above all else, they win. What more can you really ask for?
|With Ibaka out, I have a hard time seeing the Thunder past San Antonio.|
Around the NHL Playoffs
New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens -
What happened to the Canadiens on Saturday? Riding the high of an emotional series win over the Boston Bruins, they skated on home ice against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I say skated, rather than played, because this was a game in name only. New York bull rushed the hapless Habs from the opening drop, en route to a shocking 7-2 series opener. MAH GAWD, I did not see that coming.
|Uh oh, Price is out.|
Chicago Blackhawks vs Los Angeles Kings -
In a rematch of last summer's Western Conference Final, the Kings and Blackhawks make for a high powered matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions. My 'Hawks drew first blood Sunday afternoon, leveraging home ice advantage throughout a 3-1 win.
|Business as usual.|