Pick the EA Sports NBA Playoff Series of the WeekShawn Drotar

Posted on May 4th, 2009 in Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

Sure, these second-round series last for two weeks, but I’ll be covering one of them for the EA Sports Desk Wednesday, and I’d like your help in selecting which NBA playoff series you’d like a closer look at.

In the Eastern Conference, we have top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs ran roughshod over the East this season and don’t look to be challenged on their way to the Finals, but the Hawks are playing with house money; they’ve got nothing to lose and they’re as athletic as any team in the league with high-flying forward Josh Smith leading the way. While the Cavaliers should win this one behind newly-crowned league MVP LeBron James, the best player in basketball, an early win by the Hawks could make things interesting.

The other matchup has two banged-up squads squaring off in what’s sure to be a very physical series. The defending champion Boston Celtics have the swagger of a champion; the trash-talking bunch irritates as well as it plays, but they’re missing their best player and beating heart, forward Kevin Garnett, to balky knees. On the other side of the court, the Orlando Magic sport the league Defensive Player of the Year in center Dwight Howard, whose sharp elbows in the paint earned him a suspension in the first-round and broke the sinus cavity of his teammate, starting shooting guard Courtney Lee. Lee and point guard Jameer Nelson (who’s been out for for months with a shoulder injury) will miss those, but it hasn’t slowed down the Magic yet. Can the champs keep digging deeper?

In the Western Conference, the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Houston Rockets. Ironically, Rockets guard Tracy McGrady finally made it out of the opening round of the playoffs, but he had to watch it instead of contribute to it after announcing to the team (through ESPN) that he’d have knee surgery. Perennial All-Star center Yao Ming and defensive specialist Ron Artest will try to keep the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant down and force forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to do the Lakers’ heavy lifting. The Lakers are the heavy favorites, but the Rockets are playing terrific basketball - and they’re hungry.

Also hungry are the Denver Nuggets, who face the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth and final second-round matchup. The Nuggets - who are a bit of a secret to many NBA fans that don’t live in the Mountain time zone - laid waste to the New Orleans Hornets in the first round, including a 121-63 beating in The Big Easy that tied an NBA record for the biggest blowout in history. This series started on Sunday, with Denver pulling away from Dallas late to claim Game 1. The Mavericks’ all-world forward Dirk Nowitzki is nearly unstoppable, however, and the athleticism of Josh Howard and veteran savvy of point guard Jason Kidd is certainly enough to combat the Nuggets, who are led by Carmelo Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups.

Which of these four series would you like to read about at the EA Sports Desk? Please e-mail me at shawn@5wgaming.com or post in the comments thread below and let me know. The most popular request will be featured later this week!

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  1. Johnny said,

    on May 5th, 2009 at 8:14 am


    Should be a high tempo series with points going on the board at a record pace.

  2. on May 6th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    The Magic look like they’re going to overpower the Celtics, The Cavs look like they’re going to overpower the Hawks, and the Nuggets look like they’re going to overpower the Nuggets (the Nuggets look like they’re playing at a higher level than any team in the playoffs right now; Karl has them clicking like the Sonics of the mid-nineties … MEMORIES … LOL). So, that leaves only one series with some intrugue left Lakers vs. Rockets (sad that McGrady couldn’t be part of this playoff run); the Rockets already set the stage by taking game one. -Definitely must-see TV!

  3. on May 6th, 2009 at 7:09 am

    *EDIT FOR MY LAST POST: I meant to say that the Nuggets look like they’re going to overpower the MAVERICKS.

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