Unpredictable NBA playoffs

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


Bern Garcia
Contributor

MY HEART is getting unpredictable these days, like the current NBA Playoffs.

In the first round, who would have thought the No. 8 seeds would push the top teams to a death-defying Game 7?

In the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks pushed the Indiana Pacers to the brink of elimination leading, 3-2. The top-seeded Pacers needed to win Games 6 and 7 to save themselves and enter the second round.

In the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks sent the highly-favored San Antonio Spursto to another do-or-die Game 7.

After the first round scare, it’s now down to eight teams. I am interested in the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards.

I like the Indiana Pacers. But because my grandmother and uncle are residents of Washington D.C., my heart is now torn between them and the Washington Wizards.

Honestly, I don’t follow the current Wizards. Last time I watched their games was when Old Wizard Michael Jordan played for them. The former tongue-waggingChicago Bull, though, couldn’t lead them to the playoffs.

Recently, the Wizards have caught my attention, like a pack of girls in summer bikinis. The Chicago Bulls looked at them with awe and got dumped in the first round,4-1.

Wizards point guard, John Wall, attacked the Chicago defense with his frenetic plays, creating opportunities for his teammates chief of them is sharpshooter Bradley Beal.

If the Wizards could destroy the Chicago defense with Defensive Player of the Year
Joakim Noah at the center, they could do more damage against the Pacers, if center Roy Hibbert continues to act like a child unwilling to play.

In Game 1, the Wizards beat the Pacers, 102-96. True enough, Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the 4th quarter, leading the Wizards to its first second-round win in 32 years.

The 7’2” Roy Hibbert was a disaster for the Pacers. He got zero points and zero rebounds. If the Pacers want to survive in this series, Hibbert has to go back playing like an All-Star big man.

But still my heart tells me to stick to the Pacers. So I will defy my relatives. I love them, but what the heck, this is not a family reunion. This is the NBA Playoffs! Or maybe, who knows, I will have achange of heart. Go Pacers! Go Wizards!

But let it be clear: my heart also beats for the hot wonders of Florida beach, the Miami Heat.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 08, 2014.

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