’13 Playoffs Prognosis (2)

This is a sequel to the article of yesterday. My thoughts on the Western Conference are duly outlined.

First Round
The seed of each team is put in parenthesis. The match-ups are: Oklahoma City Thunder(1) vs Houston Rockets(8), San Antonio Spurs(2) vs Los Angeles Lakers(7), Denver Nuggets(3) vs Golden State Warriors(6) & Los Angeles Clippers(4) vs Memphis Grizzlies(5).
Thunder-Rockets: The bearded man against his former team in the playoffs immediately after the trade,what a way to start his post-Thunder career!OKC has fared well in his absence,adapting so well & look good enough to make a deep post-season run. Thunder win this in 5. MVP would be Kevin Durant & Westbrook as co-MVP. I see Harden averaging 20+ points in each game,also.
Spurs-Lakers: I don’t care about all the talk of resurgent “twin towers” in Pau Gasol & Dwight Howard. A Kobe-less Lakers loses this series in 5 games comfortably. MVP would be Tim Duncan & X-factor Kawhi Leonard.
Nuggets-Warriors: These are 2 teams that excelled beyond measure in the regular season. And when you lose only 3 games @ home,I don’t see you losing any series you have home court advantage. Nuggets in 6. Ty Lawson for MVP & Andre Miller as X-factor. Expect spectacles from Stephen Curry & David Lee though.
Clippers-Grizzlies: This is the match-up of the West in the 1st round. A repeat of last year’s fixture & that took 7 games to settle. This time I think CP3 and his men do this in 6. They’ve become a much more better team since the series of last year. MVP would be CP3 and X-factor would be Jamal Crawford. I look forward to the menacing Grizzlies duo of Z.Bo & Marc Gasol doing their thing,also. 
Second Round
From the above,we should have the following Semi-Final fixtures:
Thunder-Clippers: Scott Brooks’ men would take this in 5. Yes,5!
Spurs-Nuggets: Tough one but I go with the Nuggets in 6.
Conference Final
Thunder-Nuggets: Mouth-watering, high-octane, fever-pitched duel this would be. I pick the Thunder in 7.
  So these are my thoughts on the different series in the West,we await to see how this plays out! 
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’13 Playoffs Prognosis (1)

I always love to drop my thoughts before any of the series begins. It’s a task of calculation,analysis,fun & precedence. Written for the glory of the game that brings us so much joy & drama.

The Prognosis

This part 1 is for the Eastern Conference. The seed of each team is in parenthesis. The first round match ups are as follows: Miami Heat(1) vs Milwaukee Bucks(8), New York Knicks(2) vs Boston Celtics(7), Indiana Pacers(3) vs Atlanta Hawks(6) & Brooklyn Nets(4) vs Chicago Bulls(5).

Heat-Bucks: The Heat had a league-best 66 Wins & have home-court advantage through out the playoffs. They also have the league’s MVP-elect & a veteran team. That’s a Championship team right there! Brandon Jennings,Monta Ellis,Henson & co have a tall task here to pull an offset. An offset in this case is avoid being swept! The Heat take this one in 4,series MVP would be Lebron & X-factor would be Bosh•

Knicks-Celtics: For me,this is the match up of the first round! Atlantic division rivals going head-to-head. You can never write off Doc Rivers & the duo of The Truth & KG but the fact is this present Knicks team has its eyes on something big. They got the scoring title champ,6th man of the year-elect & a coach whose name came up in the COY talks. So on paper,in reality & gut feeling,I see the Madison Square Garden lords come out on top this year. 6-game series;Knicks do the job. Melo for series MVP & JR Smith as X-factor•

Pacers-Hawks: This is another good match up.2 teams that could have had higher seeds;Pacers for 2nd & Hawks for 5th. But after all said & done,a Paul George & David West header against Al Horford & Josh Smith is mouth-watering. It’s gonna be about defence but it had still be an interesting series. I pick the Pacers in 6. George & West,the players to look out for for worthy honours•

Nets-Bulls: They moved to a new city cum arena,got a new name,hired a new coach early in the season & the Brooklyn Nets feel good about themselves. The Bulls have been my team of the season. They’ve adjusted to different forms of adversity & are in the playoffs to do exploits. I see Thibodeau’s boys nicking this in 6 games.X-factor would be Nate Robinson & MVP Carlos Boozer•

Second Round

From the above,we should have these semi-final games:

Heat-Bulls: The relentless Bulls take this in 6•

Knicks-Pacers: The knicks nick this in 6•

Conference Final

Knicks-Bulls: yes,the Bulls are D.Rose-LESS but I had go with them to take this in 6•

So,an outlined recap here»»»Heat-Bucks: 4-2• Knicks-Celtics: 4-2• Pacers-Hawks: 4-2• Nets-Bulls:2-4• Heat-Bulls:2-4• Knicks-Pacers:4-2• Knicks-Bulls:2-4•

Let’s see how it goes,the playoffs never follows a definite script. It loves to direct its events itself & with so many surprises. So we look forward to just that this year.

The Feminine Constitution

I guess constitutions are compiled/arranged by legal luminaries;a group of experienced judicial practitioners who have garnered wisdom & dexterity over time. So for me to write any kind of constitution,I should have experience too. But sorry to disappoint those with such thoughts because I write this piece strictly on inspiration. I’m too young to know “so much” about women but I’m also “too old” not to know “the basics” of these great humans. What I write about in the next few paragraphs is just a reel of qualities every female is expected to have as a representation of her gender.

According to this constitution in Section 1 Sub-Section 1,Paragraph 2,every female should be courteous. Rudeness & rashness are qualities that should not be associated with the women folk for any reason. Yes,it is known that the female folks are the subject of advances & admiration which makes them liable to such from a diverse group of males who may differ in their modes of approaches. But the onus still lies on the lady to turn down & distance herself from the wrong bunch nicely & kindly in such a way those that are victims of her decline forever respect her.
   Next is every female should look good @ all times,especially when she isn’t in the comfort of her abode. The moment she leaves her immediate abode,she is suppose to look good,attractive and/or breathtaking. Looking good for a woman isn’t restricted to occasions,it is a lifestyle,a state of mind & a necessity!
   Paragraph 4 states that every female MUST know how to cook good meals;a variety of delicacies. The fact that we happen to be in a generation where a lot of females take pride in knowing how to cook ONLY noodles & also have it as their best food makes one sad. These females get turned off by the kitchen & struggle with males in queues of cafeterias. This is a great violation of this section of the constitution.
   The last content of the constitution I had throw light on is every female is required to be pious. A lot of the time it is the prayers of wives and mothers that keep the home front & kids going. Piety is the hallmark of a virtuous woman. She uses the spiritual to settle the physical.
  It is definitely an inexhaustible list,feel free to add to this Constitution. The women folks play highly pivotal role in our lives that’s why we esteem them highly and desire they are on top of their games @ all times. So to every female, thou shall not violate these laws in the Constitution!Cheers!

’13 Playoffs Prognosis

I always love to drop my thoughts before any of the series begins. It’s a task of calculation,analysis,fun & precedence. Written for the glory of the game that brings us so much joy & drama.

The Prognosis

This part 1 is for the Eastern Conference. The seed of each team is in parenthesis. The first round match ups are as follows: Miami Heat(1) vs Milwaukee Bucks(8), New York Knicks(2) vs Boston Celtics(7), Indiana Pacers(3) vs Atlanta Hawks(6) & Brooklyn Nets(4) vs Chicago Bulls(5).

Heat-Bucks: The Heat had a league-best 66 Wins & have home-court advantage through out the playoffs. They also have the league’s MVP-elect & a veteran team. That’s a Championship team right there! Brandon Jennings,Monta Ellis,Henson & co have a tall task here to pull an offset. An offset in this case is avoid being swept! The Heat take this one in 4,series MVP would be Lebron & X-factor would be Bosh•

Knicks-Celtics: For me,this is the match up of the first round! Atlantic division rivals going head-to-head. You can never write off Doc Rivers & the duo of The Truth & KG but the fact is this present Knicks team has its eyes on something big. They got the scoring title champ,6th man of the year-elect & a coach whose name came up in the COY talks. So on paper,in reality & gut feeling,I see the Madison Square Garden lords come out on top this year. 6-game series;Knicks do the job. Melo for series MVP & JR Smith as X-factor•

Pacers-Hawks: This is another good match up.2 teams that could have had higher seeds;Pacers for 2nd & Hawks for 5th. But after all said & done,a Paul George & David West header against Al Horford & Josh Smith is mouth-watering. It’s gonna be about defence but it had still be an interesting series. I pick the Pacers in 6. George & West,the players to look out for for worthy honours•

Nets-Bulls: They moved to a new city cum arena,got a new name,hired a new coach early in the season & the Brooklyn Nets feel good about themselves. The Bulls have been my team of the season. They’ve adjusted to different forms of adversity & are in the playoffs to do exploits. I see Thibodeau’s boys nicking this in 6 games.X-factor would be Nate Robinson & MVP Carlos Boozer•

Second Round

From the above,we should have these semi-final games:

Heat-Pacers: This is where the playoffs start for the Heat. They take this in 7•

Knicks-Bulls: The relentless Bulls would ouster the Knicks in 6•

Conference Final

Heat-Bulls: yes,the Bulls are D.Rose-LESS but I had go with them to take this in 6•

So,an outlined recap here»»»Heat-Bucks: 4-2• Knicks-Celtics: 4-2• Pacers-Hawks: 4-2• Nets-Bulls:2-4• Heat-Pacer:4-3• Knicks-Bulls:2-4• Heat-Bulls:2-4•

Let’s see how it goes,the playoffs never follows a definite script. It loves to direct its events itself & with so many surprises. So we look forward to just that this year.

Rafa’s Script

19 weeks after,a Champions League exit,world Club cup tragedy,FA cup sem-final berth,League cup ouster,top four battle and Europa cup sailing,the Rafael Benitez era has been crafted after a best-selling flick.The thespians,viewers and makers have given us a story to be engrossed in and follow.The fans of the self-acclaimed Pride of London have never hidden their dislike for the Spanish soccer technocrat and he in return has shown no sign of being perturbed.He keeps going about his interim managerial duties with his well-known style of getting things done(squad rotation et al).All these have seemingly pointed to the possibility of a script being played out by the 52-year old experienced manager.

  Roman Abrahamovich’s executive administration may be questionable considering the ruthlessness stamp,personal imposition,pecuniaryy flaunt & gratitude lack but truth be said,it has brought him trophies.And that’s what a club’s largesse and legacy are about.Despite these,a lot of us were taken aback by his decision to hire Rafa,a foe of the London club in his time of handling the Kops.Deed’s been done,the results might never get undone.What if this script had long been written and on November 11,2012,the writer had this grin of a victorious creator of a thrilling saga.

  The events of the past few weeks have brought this thought of mine to the fore.Nothing could have been done about the Champions League exit,may be the Corinthians hammering couldn’t have been avoided,may be the loss to Swansea was divine but there are reasons for thoughts like mine to arise.When your selections keep showing a penchant for regression than progression,brows must be raised. Against Manchester United in the FA Cup 6th round 1st leg,the defensive midfield position was ABSENT until Mikel’s introduction as a substitute;against Southampton the other day,that combination of Oscar,Marin & Moses that also didn’t work against QPR in that painful home loss was used.The regular use of Torres(I know he had a brace in his last game) even with his awful form compared to Ba’s better output,poor defence rotation favouring the erratic and rash David Luiz making the duo of Ivanovic & Terry rusty,continued questionable midfield rotations and more point to the fact that Benitez’s intentions for Chelsea are questionable.Finishing in the top four is Chelsea’s utmost priority,why sacrifice a league match for an FA cup sem-final showdown with Manchester City that you have no guarantee of winning?

  So my thought is what if Benitez’s script reads the winning of (a) trophy(ies) & a top four struggle cum eventual loss? Adding to the trophy cabinet bolsters his credentials,a top four loss makes it impossible for Chelsea to win over a top coach to take over in the summer.These would make his interim post approach the “permanent site”.Perhaps that he desires,the next six weeks would dispel or fuel this suspicion.I watch in interest and hope the best comes to the Russian billionaire’s nest!

Aside

19 weeks after,a Champions League exit,world Club cup tragedy,FA cup sem-final berth,League cup ouster,top four battle and Europa cup sailing,the Rafael Benitez era has been crafted after a best-selling flick.The thespians,viewers and makers have given us a story to be engrossed in and follow.The fans of the self-acclaimed Pride of London have never hidden their dislike for the Spanish soccer technocrat and he in return has shown no sign of being perturbed.He keeps going about his interim managerial duties with his well-known style of getting things done(squad rotation et al).All these have seemingly pointed to the possibility of a script being played out by the 52-year old experienced manager.

  Roman Abrahamovich’s executive administration may be questionable considering the ruthlessness stamp,personal imposition,pecuniaryy flaunt & gratitude lack but truth be said,it has brought him trophies.And that’s what a club’s largesse and legacy are about.Despite these,a lot of us were taken aback by his decision to hire Rafa,a foe of the London club in his time of handling the Kops.Deed’s been done,the results might never get undone.What if this script had long been written and on November 11,2012,the writer had this grin of a victorious creator of a thrilling saga.

  The events of the past few weeks have brought this thought of mine to the fore.Nothing could have been done about the Champions League exit,may be the Corinthians hammering couldn’t have been avoided,may be the loss to Swansea was divine but there are reasons for thoughts like mine to arise.When your selections keep showing a penchant for regression than progression,brows must be raised. Against Manchester United in the FA Cup 6th round 1st leg,the defensive midfield position was ABSENT until Mikel’s introduction as a substitute;against Southampton the other day,that combination of Oscar,Marin & Moses that also didn’t work against QPR in that painful home loss was used.The regular use of Torres(I know he had a brace in his last game) even with his awful form compared to Ba’s better output,poor defence rotation favouring the erratic and rash David Luiz making the duo of Ivanovic & Terry rusty,continued questionable midfield rotations and more point to the fact that Benitez’s intentions for Chelsea are questionable.Finishing in the top four is Chelsea’s utmost priority,why sacrifice a league match for an FA cup sem-final showdown with Manchester City that you have no guarantee of winning?

  So my thought is what if Benitez’s script reads the winning of (a) trophy(ies) & a top four struggle cum eventual loss? Adding to the trophy cabinet bolsters his credentials,a top four loss makes it impossible for Chelsea to win over a top coach to take over in the summer.These would make his interim post approach the “permanent site”.Perhaps that he desires,the next six weeks would dispel or fuel this suspicion.I watch in interest and hope the best comes to the Russian billionaire’s nest!