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Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 12:32 pm  |  77 responses

Contest: Win a SLAM Snap-Back Hat

Make a crazy prediction, win a fresh hat.

Move over, Christmas. No offense, but we think it’s suffice to say the NBA Playoffs are, in fact, the most wonderful time of the year. With the first round almost finished (we see you, Denver and Memphis), the postseason will soon evolve from a dogfight into an all-out war. Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and plenty others are all dialed in and ready to win it, but as we know, only one team will emerge. Twelve more wins, fellas, 12 more wins. Word to LeBron’s mouthpiece.

Today, in the spirit (and craze) of the most wonderful time of the year, we are giving away two fresh, stylish, extra-dope SLAM snap-back hats (pictured above).

To win, make a bold Playoff prediction by dropping a comment on this post (please provide your real email address, so we can contact you if you’re the winner) and presenting a plausible argument for your prediction. You can predict a series upset, an unexpected team making a deep run, an unexpected player that’ll catch fire, or anything absolutely crazy (as long as you back it up). For example, you could explain why Chris Bosh will win Finals MVP. Or you could explain why Corey Brewer and Ty Lawson will lead the Nuggets on an improbable run to the Western Conference Finals, only to lose in Game 7 on a Matt Bonner four-point play. Or you could explain why the Clippers will be on the brink of elimination in the WCF, fire Vinny Del Negro mid-game, promote Chauncey Billups to head coach, then go ahead and win the ‘Chip.

Get your Nostradamus on, and if we like your random hunch, we’ll hit you with a fresh snap-back. It’s that simple.

The winners will be selected this Monday and contacted later next week. Good luck!

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  • CHRIS SOTo

    DWAYNE WAYDE BREAKS DOWN DURING INDIANA SERIES, SIDLINED FOR REST OF PLAYOFFS- LEBRON CANT OVERCOME – LEAVING THE EAST WIDE OPEN!!!!! INDIANA WIN SERIES

  • http://fromrussiawithdunk.com Jonah Mars

    There will not be a buzzer beater in this year’s NBA playoffs.
    One theme that has been apparent in the first round of the NBA playoffs is the inability of NBA offenses to make game-tying or game-winning shots in the last 30 seconds of games. There have been plenty of examples of this so far, and I will describe to you some of the highlights. In game 3 of the Boston-Atlanta series, Paul Pierce could have won the game in regulation, but missed a pretty good shot at the buzzer, which sent the game to overtime. In game 4 of the Orlando-Indiana series, Glen Davis missed a game-tying shot at the buzzer which would have sent the game to double overtime. In game 4 of the Miami-New York series, Dwyane Wade missed a corner 3 which would have won the game for Miami. In game 3 of the Clippers-Memphis series, Rudy Gay missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game for Memphis, and in game 4 of that series, Chris Paul got the ball stolen from him with less than a second left, which sent the game to overtime. The one exception was in game 1 of the Oklahoma City-Dallas series, when Kevin Durant hit a floater with under 5 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma City a victory.
    In previous years, we have seen many more buzzer-beaters in both the regular season and playoffs, so why is there a lack of excitement this season? I don’t believe it is due to the lockout and team chemistry; I think it is because NBA defenses are getting better and players are playing with more effort. We all know the saying “defense wins championships”, and this is proving to be very true this year. I believe that NBA players, more now then ever, really love the game of basketball and aren’t just doing it for the money. That is why the defense has picked up. In the 90′s and early 2000′s offense dominated the game and players would much rather have a game-winning shot than a key stop on defense. I think now, coaches, bench players, and even starters, take as much pride in their defense as they do in their offense, and this is making the game better, though maybe a little bit less interesting.
    One player and team that all this is related to is obviously Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Lebron has faced much criticism about his late game inability to score, but I credit the opposing defenses for this more than I believe Lebron is at fault. One thing that nobody talks about is (with the exception of last year’s finals, yes I know that it is a huge exception) the Heat play great defense at the end of games. If they have a lead with 30 seconds left and the opposing team has the ball, you can bet that they will not score. Lebron has not backed away from playing defense in the last minute, even though he has sometimes looked a bit timid on offense.
    Another example I would like to look at is game 4 between the L.A. Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies were trailing for most of the game, but the score was tied with 20 seconds left and the Clippers had the ball. Chris Paul, to this point in the game, had been able to score at will and do just about whatever he wanted. He was even leading the team in rebounding. So why was it so difficult for him to score here? The answer to that is because of the clock. In a tie game when the shot clock is turned off, the opposing defense knows that the offense wants to shoot with as close to no time remaining as possible to prevent the defense from getting the ball back with an opportunity to win the game. If the offense wants to set up this situation where the worst-case scenario is overtime, their options are very limited. Everyone in the Staples Center knew that Chris Paul was going to be shooting the ball at the end, so this created a very easy situation for the Memphis Grizzlies defensively. All they had to do was wait until about 5 seconds were left on the clock, and then surprise Paul with a double team. He then turned the ball over and the game went to overtime. If there had been 40, or even 30 seconds left on the clock when the Clippers had the ball, they could have actually ran a play and gotten off a very good shot.
    So what I will propose to coaches all over the NBA is this: when your team has the ball in a tie game with the shot clock turned off, don’t be afraid to shoot before the clock strikes 0:00. Take advantage of your possession, and run a normal play which gets your team the best shot possible. If you execute your play correctly, you will have the lead with under 20 seconds remaining and your team on defense. All the pressure is now on the opposing offense, and it is unlikely that they will be able to score against your 5 best defenders.

  • TMPierson

    BOLD PLAYOFF PREDICTION! The 76ers will beat the Celtics in 5 games!

  • Yessir

    I’ve said the HEAT from day 1 of this season. My man LeBron’s gonna quiet his haters. I’m an LA native who has stuck with Miami ever since Shaq moved there. #Heat2012Champs

  • Andrew Lief

    Roy Hibbert will average 31 points 14 rebounds and 6 blocks a game against the Miami Heat to lead the Pacers to win the series in 6 games. This will then allow them to beat the winner of the Celtics-76ers series to go on to become the eastern conference champions.

  • Brandon

    Miami will lose to Indiana in 6 games, with Leandro Barbosa leading the pack to victory.

  • Nate

    The Indiana Pacers will beat the Heat in six games AND go on to the conference finals!

  • Julius

    The Clippers will win their series vs Memphis and go on to the Finals!

  • Jack Plageman

    Philly wins the series against Boston due to mid-series rule change that allows them to increase the size of the rim to liberty bell sized and the cletics will have their whole team suspended for trading away scalabrine

  • Julius

    The Clippers will win their series against Memphis, and go on to the Finals!

  • Marco

    Clippers will get by the Spurs in 6 to 7 games!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Gary

    The OKC Thunder will exceed expectations and defeat the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Western Conference Finals.

  • http://www.twitter.com/frankiefrank5 Frankie Anetzberger

    The 76ers, fueled by their emphatic win against the Bulls will not only defeat the Celtics, led by the boss Spencer Hawes averaging a Jordan-esque 26.6 points per contest, but will take Miami to seven games in the ECF.

    Unable to contain such a beast, Chris Bosh will be benched late in game seven by Coach Spo, leading to the full emergence of Udonis Haslem. A double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks would be the only way to contain Hawes, and the Heat are back in the NBA finals.

    Also, I apologize for that being too realistic, we can all see that happening, right?

  • LA Huey

    Chris Bosh wins Finals MVP.

  • Blake Perez

    The Miami Heat will beat the Pacers in 4, Dwayne Wade and Lebron will catch fire. The 76rs will Upset the Celtics in 6 Phili won the season series 2-1 Boston won’t be able to slow down Jrue or Iggy while the 76rs defense will out rebound and shut down the Celtics stars. The Clippers will take care of Memphis tonight while The Lakers get it done in game 7 in LA with the Return of Metta. In the Western Semis The Spurs will take care of the Clippers in 5, OKC now having players with Playoff experience will take the Lakers in 6 (I am a Laker fan so that hurts to say it) Eastern Finals will look like The Heat will beat the 76rs in 5 ending the 76rs amazing playoff run. The WCF will be the veteran team Spurs beating the young guns of OKC in 7, leaving the Spurs and the Heat to meet up in the Finals. It will be a good series but the talented Miami Heat will knock of the Spurs in 6 getting LeBron his very first ring.

  • Aaron

    Ray Allen will hit eight 3′s in a 15 point victory over the sixers in game one.

  • Christien Wright

    The Thunder will beat the Spurs in 4 & Durantulla will lead the Thunder 2 another quick sweep of the Sixers in the Finals; All while KD averages 40+!

  • frank rivera

    Memphis is gonna jump all over the banged up Clippers…..ZBo in the house and Mr. Gay will finally come into his own…

  • Patrick

    Kobe goes HAM and gets his 6th, wins MVP, while taking down the Thunder, Spurs, and Heat.

  • Dani

    How about the Nuggets? Let’s say they beat the Lakers and then move onto the 2nd round against OKC. That’s no crazy thing, it can happen. But what if the Thunder gets beat too? I’m not a friend of injuries, but it can happen to anyone. So if Durant gets injured and Denver rolls past OKC, they’ll find themselves in the Conference Finals against Memphis. (Now that’d be pretty crazy, wouldn’t it?) They handle the Grizzlies pretty well, shoot some three pointers and fight their way to the Finals. On the other side Boston beats Miami and gets ready to go up against Denver. The series will get long, there won’t be a winner in six games but in the seventh the Nuggets will rise up and shock the world… How you like that? Haha, call me crazy but I do believe in miracles!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Bold Playoff prediction? Let’s see, I’m going out on a limb and saying Philly beats Boston in 7. Lou Williams has been in a shooting slump and is bound to breakout soon. Jrue Holiday should give some problems to Rondo.
    Another playoff prediction, I’m going to say the Denver Nuggets take gave 7 against the Lakers! They’ve got some great ingredients, youth, talent, and depth.
    Finally, I’m thinking of a OKC-Heat Finals match. It could honestly go either way but I think the Heat will take it in 6…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    *take game 7 against the Lakers

  • Luis

    The oklahoma city will not make it to the nba finals. They are a very talented young team having an incredible year led by KD and Westbrook. However, I believe that will be their downfall. Theyre too young. I believe the thunder are.going to have trouble overcoming the lakers and if they do somehow the spurs will handle business. Okc has trouble scoring in the half court, so when the lakers and/or spurs slow the game down, especially because its the playoffs where the court shrinks, durant and westbrook will fail to lead their team to victory. Dirant doesnt have a lot of moves besides a pull jp long contested jumper and you just have to stay im front of westbrook like kobe did last time they met. Experience wins.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    fesenko goes for 82 and tells kobe to go f@£$ himslef

  • Adam

    D Fish sends the Thunder to the WCF after he hits a game and series winning shot in overtime, game 7, against his former squad, the LA Lakers! Hahaha! Payback is sweet! It would be even better if the shot came with .04 seconds left!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    LeBron scores 64 points in Game 1 of the Finals, and passes MJ for the most points scored in a game in Playoff history… You heard it here first.

  • http://slamonline.com Jordan Nafekh

    After the entire Lakers team gets suspended for illicit drug use, the Toronto Raptors will take their place in the Western Conference semi finals, eliminate the Thunder, then proceed to knock off San Antonio in 7. When the Raps meat the Heat in the finals they will in in game 6 after Jose Calderon sends the game into overtime with a buzzer beating 3 pointer. Aaron Gray wins Finals MVP.

  • jawaad hussain

    Miami will lose to pacers and pacers will beat boston,and it will be pacers vs spurs and the spurs will take the championship

  • Travis Quick

    The Nuggets over the Pacers in 6 games in the Finals. Denver got the guard play,shooting & athletes to come out the West. Indy got the size and toughness to rep the East. Ty Lawson is the MVP ’cause nobody will be able to stay in front of him.

  • colter trent

    Celtics in seven against Denver. I want to see Denver get there, because they are one of the ONLY teams in the playoffs without a star (although I see you ty Lawson, putting up numbers last night) they play as a team, and I think thats real. Celtics, they’re my team, and I can say as a true fan, that this is probably their last year in contention. They’re getting old, but they can still put one more run together. And, seven games because, well, that would be perfect fashion for banner #18

  • Alexander Wells

    Boston vs Miami Eastern Final
    Boston in 4. Regular season clearly showed that the Celtics know how to beat the heat consistently

    OKC vs Boston Finals
    Oklahoma takes care of San Antonio in 6,
    Boston wins series in 5 games and Kevin Garnett is awarded MVP for his dominant finals performance

  • Jeff Johnson

    The sixers and Celtics will go seven and this Lakers team is at it’s end. The clipps are the new squad in la

  • @boweezy24

    Heat beat Pacers in Game 6, Lakers Beat Denver In Game 7 With a Buzzer Beater Game Winning Shot, and Lakers Beat Thunder In Game 6. and Grizzlies Beat Clippers In Game 7. Spurs Beat Grizzlies In Game 6. Lakers Beat Spurs in Game 6. Sixers Will Beat Celtics in Game 6. Heat Will Beat Sixers In Game 6 Also. LAKERS BEAT HEAT IN GAME 7. Kobe Gets His 6th Ring and Bynum Gets Finals MVP

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  • hillbilly

    Immediately following game seven of the L.A./Denver series, MWP will celebrate the Laker’s victory by “accidentally” placing Kenneth Faried in a sleeper hold & choking him to death (a la Danny Aiello/Radio Raheem in “Do the Right Thing”) at halfcourt. In the postgame interview, he will claim that he had no idea Faried was standing right in front of him.
    Book it!

  • LaKid

    The Memphis Grizzlies will beat the Clippers in game six due to Griffin and CP3′s mobility/knee/ankle issues. Game 7 will go into overtime thanks to a desperation Marc Gasol three pointer. Grizz go on to win the game and the series behind an improbable offensive overtime output by Tony Allen. They face San Antonio in the next round where they provide a clean sweep of the number 1 seed as Randolph and Gasol are too much for the Spurs to handle. This puts them in the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers who squeeze by Denver and then are led my World Peace through the Durant-less Thunder (World Peace gets under him on a jump shot, severely spraining Durant’s ankle). The Grizzlies, able to neutralize Kobe with Tony Allen and the Laker bigs with their own, win the series and go to the Finals where they face the battle-tested Boston Celtics, who have had an improbable road to the Finals as well, defeating the Miami Heat. The Grizzlies extend the series to a seventh game after going down 3-1 but can’t finish it out ending their incredible run to the Finals. David Stern, unimpressed by the entire thing, cites the shortened schedule for what he calls “A cashless Finals” (small market teams winning, LA’s, NYK’s, MIA’s losing) and promises to never had a lockout shortened season again.

  • David Bratton

    The dever nuggets beat the Lakers after a missed Kobe Bryant FTW buzzer beater in game seven and then beat OKC in a seven game series AND they win from a come from behind and win 4 straight after OKC takes an initial 3-0 series lead. The OKC are an awesome team and ready to win a title. However, Charles Barkley pointed out one of their major flaws. Jumpshots. There’s is a point in every single game I watch where the OKC (meaning russell westbrook) simply settle for just straight jumpshots. I think by game four the nuggets and coach carl will fully exploit this by tightening up their defense and forcing OKC to take to the inside where the Nuggets bigs clash with OKC. I also think that the Nuggets bigs, Mozgov and Magee will have a coming out party and realize a huge part of their potential. Mozgov’s strength and size along with Javale’s length and athleticism. I think they will become key in this series similar to how Jeff Teague had a coming out party when they faced the Bulls last year.

  • Coilin Collins

    blake griffin will injure his knee again, thrusting CP3 to action like he was back in NOH, caron butler will dominate and deandre jordan will start rebounding properly. when all the chips are down randy foye will step up to the plate

  • Kevin Sanchez

    I think the thunder will take the west and the pacers will take the east to a 7 game NBA finals with thunder winning

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    Indiana Pacers… simple and plain will outright beat the Heat in 6 games, taking their talents to the ECF to face a juggernaught Boston team that just swept the SIXERS. Paul George rises above the rest, after a Heat series that saw him average 15ppg (and locking up DWADE in the closing seconds of every game), and will torch the Celtics to a clip of 23.3 ppg. Somebody will whisper in Hibbert’s ear that KG is old and senile, thus he will manhandle the geriatric into submission. Pacers advance after a back-and-forth 6 game match-up to face the Los Angeles Lakers who just defeated the Thunder, thanks to amazing defensive efforts of World Peace, who is looking to repair his image after The Revenge of Ron Artest. Don’t make Peace angry. The LakeShow and the Pacers go toe-to-toe for a full 7 games where LAL comes out victorious thanks to Pau Gasol’s 28/16/5/4 stat line. World Peace is peaceful again, Gasol’s golden image is back, Bynum can say he played a whole playoff series injury (and injury-causing) free, and Kobe walks away from 2012 tied with the GOAT.

  • http://slamonline Brion

    Mo Williams will break out and lead the Clippers to the finals where he will meet the Heat making Lebron regret ever leaving him.

  • rob stewart

    Eddy Curry will BALL OUT!! After Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf go out with season ending injuries (due to the lock-out) the Miami Heat will be forced to play Pittman and Curry. But Curry will transform into the player that recieved a crazy contract from the Knicks (shout out to ZEKE) and average nearly 20 and 10. It wont matter that LeBron can’t make game winners because Eddie Curry will as he demolishes Tim Duncan and the Spurs in the Finals!

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    After beating the Denver Nuggets in a game 7 blowout, the Los Angeles Lakers decide to replace Ramon Sessions with Allen Iverson. Playing for the team that defeated him in the 2001 NBA Finals, Iverson helps the Lakers breeze through the next two rounds of the Playoffs with averages of 29ppg, 13apg, and a record 9spg. In the first game of the NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat, Iverson scores 49 points – one point over his previous career high – amid mixed chants of MVP and WTF. Both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James remark after the game that Iverson is “Michael Jordan disguised as Allen Iverson.” The Heat respond by winning the next three games, and hold the series lead at 3-1. Mitch Kupchak decides to let go of Iverson and allow Steve Blake to start Game 5. Miami promptly picks him up, and also gets rid of their entire bench in the transaction. The Heat decide to start only Bosh, James, Wade, and Iverson, leaving only Ronny Turiaf and Udonis Haslem sitting. When asked as to why he’s only playing four players, a smiling Erik Spoelstra says, “Spoelstra don’t play no 5-on-5.” After breaking away in the first three quarters for a 105-65 lead, Spoelstra sits Iverson, Wade, and James leaving only Chris Bosh on the floor. A dejected Haslem could be heard saying, “Don’t Bosh this up.” After 11 and 1/2 minutes of play in the final quarter, the Lakers manage to pull within 2, with the score at 103-105. Spoelstra subs an exhausted Bosh for Iverson. As Bosh fist bumps Iverson, he was heard whispering, “Thank God, that was almost worse than Toronto.” Iverson steals the inbounds pass from Steve Blake and runs circles around the entire Lakers defense for the next 23 seconds, before drilling a 30 foot three pointer over the outstretched arms of Kobe Bryant. Iverson then takes a giant oversized step, as if an imaginary opponent lay on the ground before him. The buzzer sounds, and as Iverson walks off the court, Marv Albert pulls him aside to ask, “How did you manage to come back and contribute immediately after being gone from the League for so long?” Iverson says, “Practice,” and walks towards the tunnel, not shaking anyone’s hands or hugging any teammates. A sneaky Laker fan rushes the court and lights Marv Albert’s suit on fire, which goes up in a rainbow colored flame.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    After beating the Denver Nuggets in a game 7 blowout, the Los Angeles Lakers decide to replace Ramon Sessions with Allen Iverson. Playing for the team that defeated him in the 2001 NBA Finals, Iverson helps the Lakers breeze through the next two rounds of the Playoffs with averages of 29ppg, 13apg, and a record 9spg. In the first game of the NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat, Iverson scores 49 points – one point over his previous career high – amid mixed chants of MVP and WTF. Both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James remark after the game that Iverson is “Michael Jordan disguised as Allen Iverson.” The Heat respond by winning the next three games, and hold the series lead at 3-1. Mitch Kupchak decides to let go of Iverson and allow Steve Blake to start Game 5. Miami promptly picks him up, and also gets rid of their entire bench in the transaction. The Heat decide to start only Bosh, James, Wade, and Iverson, leaving only Ronny Turiaf and Udonis Haslem sitting. When asked as to why he’s only playing four players, a smiling Erik Spoelstra says, “Spoelstra don’t play no 5-on-5.” After breaking away in the first three quarters for a 105-65 lead, Spoelstra sits Iverson, Wade, and James leaving only Chris Bosh on the floor. A dejected Haslem could be heard saying, “Don’t Bosh this up.” After 11 and 1/2 minutes of play in the final quarter, the Lakers manage to pull within 2, with the score at 103-105. Spoelstra subs an exhausted Bosh for Iverson. As Bosh fist bumps Iverson, he was heard whispering, “Thank God, that was almost worse than Toronto.” Iverson steals the inbounds pass from Steve Blake and runs circles around the entire Lakers defense for the next 23 seconds, before drilling a 30 foot three pointer over the outstretched arms of Kobe Bryant. Iverson then takes a giant oversized step, as if an imaginary opponent lay on the ground before him. The buzzer sounds, and as Iverson walks off the court, Marv Albert pulls him aside to ask, “How did you manage to come back and contribute immediately after being gone from the League for so long?” Iverson says, “Practice,” and walks towards the tunnel, not shaking anyone’s hands or hugging any teammates. A sneaky Laker fan rushes the court and lights Marv Albert’s suit on fire, which goes up in a rainbow colored flame.

  • YVR

    At Brian Scalabrine’s command, the league reverses the series clinching win for the 76ers, giving the Bulls another life. White Mamba plays point guard for the injured Derrick Rose and leads the Bulls to the championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder, breaking Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s ankles with a killer head fake and hitting a buzzer beater 3 in Game 7. White Mamba for MVP.

  • Aamir K.

    The Sixers sweep the Celtics, with Xavier Silas and Lavoy Allen carrying the load, Silas shoots 67 percent from three, averages 30ppg, and Lavoy Allen has a 20-20 game every game of the series. Rajon Rondo averages more turnovers that assists, and randomly yells at cameramen for filming him after games, while he wears a ridiculous jacket. Ray Allen shoots the first negative percentage from the field, with his only basket of the series on the Sixers basket. KG has another mysterious knee injury, and Paul Pierce reveals the amount of ice cream cake that he has been eating throughout the Playoffs, and Doc Rivers is forced to start Ryan Hollins, Sean Williams, JaJaun Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, and Greg Steisma, with Hollins at the PG, Steisma at the 2, Johnson at the 3, Williams at the 4 and Moore at the 5.
    They beat the Heat in the ECF 4-1, with the only win for Miami coming on a BS foul call, and Dwayne Wade hits two FTs to put Miami up two to win the game. But, Allen Iverson returns to the Sixers on May 25th, wearing the Reebok Questions in the white/red colorway, and averages 38ppg for the rest of the Playoffs. Next, the Sixers move on to the Finals to face the Denver Nuggets who swept the Thunder, with Timofey Mozgov as a star shooting guard, and JaVale McGee running the point. They defeat the Clippers in the WCF in 7, and in the NBA Finals, with Craig Brackins averaging 25-17 to win Finals MVP and the Sixers win their first title since 1983.

  • kevin

    spurs beat the heat in the finals and lebron cries

  • mike

    I predit Boston wins the East with a sweep over the Heat. Boston plays the sixers in the second round which will prepare Boston for the style of play the heat play. Also, KG will play like the young KG in the ECF and put up numbers close to 25 points and 13 boards. The real big three in beantown knows their window of opportunity is pretty much closed after this year and are ready to make another title run. Look at Ray coming off the bench. Double R and P double are ready to double thier title ring total.

  • Adam Thompson

    My bold predictions is that the nuggets will eliminate the lakers and then sweep the thunder.

  • Zamir T

    Philidelphia is going to take boston to game 6 were jrue holiday is going to have a 20-5-5 every game and then there going to go to the eastern conference finals were they are going to meet the heat but dwayne wade hurts himself in game 2 and can not return for rest of series which put the whole load on lebron but lebron wont be able to control the 76ers so chris bosh steps up and goes for 30 and 10 in a 7 game series with the 76ers which takes them to the final’s with a 4-2 series win over the spurs and chris bosh play fenominal every game and get’s final mvp. But coach spolstra is fired at the end of the season becasue management see’s that he cant coach the big 3 together so heat management decides to hire phil jackson to coach the heat for the 2012-2013 season.

  • Yeahea

    Will these hats be sold online or in stores?

  • AMPduppp

    Bosh goes down hard in game 1 of the quarterfinals. Can’t get up, torn acl, done for the year. Spoelstra looks to the bench and sees Haslem, who immediately starts shaking his head ‘no.’ He looks at Juwan Howard, the seasoned veteran, and he starts to tremble. Finally, he looks at the end of the bench to see one man standing up: Eddy Curry. Curry looks at him and says, “Put me in coach.” The rest, my friends, is history….

  • http://SLAM Raymond Torres

    Lakers over heat in 7 games in the finals

  • jpm34

    Matt Bonner is the deciding factor in the Spurs taking out the Heat in finals.

  • IamYOU

    This is easy one Slammy! As I predictd last 2006 playoffs I knew It was going to be Heat and Dallas in the Finals! I didn’t get to predict the last 5 finals right since I always pick the miami heat the winner of the finals but this time since 2006 I can feel the goosebumps right now and hear the cheers of Florida state of America as I watched in from here down undah! (I’m from Australia mate!)boos from the opposing team which is San Antonio Spurs!You red it Right! The Spurs will be in the Finals with the Great Miami HEAT!!! Let’s make this Easy!!! Game 1 at At & T center Spurs Home advantage, Heat beats Spurs 99 to 96, The player of the game of course the Mr. MVP Lebron James with 31 points. Game 2 Still spurs home game still Heat beats them with 1 point only, Heat 89 Spurs 88 and the player of the game surprisingly is not lebron but super MARIO mr. chalmers with his record of 45 points! all those bad mouthin on chalmers has paid off!!! Game 3 Now the home team of Miami, Mr Spoelstra took advise from pat Riley and got Eddy Curry out of the Bench And He played his ass off for the whole game! yes the Whole f’in Game! now he’s skinny as snoop but he atlest got t he heat 20 rebounds! 20 REBOUND WOW! He got he’s inner beast out! thank you Mr. Curry he is the player of the game as Heat wins it in OT at 110 – 89. What happened to Duncan you say? he’s old I mean no disrespect but Eddy ate him up! Now game 4!!! Will it be a sweep? just like round 1 with heat vs ny no.. though it’s Miami home game the spurs beat them 89-85 player of the game Timmy with 30 points,15 rebound, 4 steals, you know what happened to Curry he was injured Timmy flagrant him! Now I’m hating the spurs! Now game 5! still Heat home game it’s getting exciting because this is the night I’ve been waiting for! Miami heat hitting 3′s from every angle lebron,wade and bosh (by the way bosh dedicated this game to his son baby bosh jackson) dominated it finishing the game 99 – 84 MIAMI HEAT WINS IT!!! At last the choke jokes and king with no ring din’t choke and now he’s having his ring!!! Bow down before the finals MVP Lebron James! Everyone chanting MVP! MVP! The King with a teary eye does the tebow and even Magis johnsons gave him a stading ovasion! and that’s it! I woke up slammy that’s my prediction! This is what exactly happened last 2006 before dallas vs heat and I won bets from my mates saying dallas will win it (though dallas won it last year)and I said I had a dream that the HEAT will win it! though the past few years I didn’t have that dream but now with the right timing you gave us oppurtunity and I had a dream that heat will win it this year! WHAT?!! what I’m trying to say is that I want that hat slam! HEAT FTW!!!

  • IamYOU

    excuse my typos!!

  • Zamir T

    My prediction is that the lakers get past the nuggets on a desperation buzzer beater 3 that shows kobe how tough it is to beat a team that is ranked 7th in the west and kobe knows there needs to be a big change going into the semi finals so kobe call’s allen iverson who is the starting point gaurd and they take care of the thunder in a 7 game series but at the end of game 7 andrew bynum tears the cartillege in his knee and is out for the rest of the playoffs so kobe calls shaq from tnt to be starting center for the lakers and now the lakers have a big old 3. The lakers get past the spurs in the western conference finals easily in a 4-2 series win but kobe is still unhappy and tells management that they need to fire coach brown and hire coach jackson for the finals were kobe drops 101 points on the miami heat in game 7 while shaq grabs 40 rebounds and iverson drops 20 points and 40 assist while keeping lebron james 1- 30 from the field. Kobe wins finals mvp, iverson gets his ring, kobe and shaq get there 6 and 5th ring and kobe hold the record for most points in a game and phil jackson leaves the league on a happy note.

  • al jordan

    I am predicting the rematch of Lebron James vs. the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, just as last year was the rematch of D. Wade vs. The Mavericks.

    I feel like the rising three kings will go off in this finals, but.. I feel like Tim Duncan will receive his fifth nba titles. A certain great company told me only kings have rings.

    And that is true, because Tim, Tony Parker, Manu and Stack-Jack a ring. D. Wade has one, and i feel strongly that Lebron and C. Bosh will have one in the future, to go alongside Lebron’s awesome MVP trophies.

  • Iman Elbanna

    Bold Playoff prediction: San Antonio will lose in the next round

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Before the season i predicted the Pacers would finish 3rd in the East. got it. Last year i said DRose would win MVP in the preseason! I was the only person in the world to call that, and im not even a Bulls fan. So my bold prediction that I have been rolling with is this: Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA finals. Yes, I’m being serious.

  • IamYOU

    This is easy one Slammy! As I predictd last 2006 playoffs I knew It was going to be Heat and Dallas in the Finals! I didn’t get to predict the last 5 finals right since I always pick the miami heat the winner of the finals but this time since 2006 I can feel the goosebumps right now and hear the cheers of Florida state of America as I watched in from here down undah! (I’m from Australia mate!)boos from the opposing team which is San Antonio Spurs!You red it Right! The Spurs will be in the Finals with the Great Miami HEAT!!! Let’s make this Easy!!! Game 1 at At & T center Spurs Home advantage, Heat beats Spurs 99 to 96, The player of the game of course the Mr. MVP Lebron James with 31 points. Game 2 Still spurs home game still Heat beats them with 1 point only, Heat 89 Spurs 88 and the player of the game surprisingly is not lebron but super MARIO mr. chalmers with his record of 45 points! all those bad mouthin on chalmers has paid off!!! Game 3 Now the home team of Miami, Mr Spoelstra took advise from pat Riley and got Eddy Curry out of the Bench And He played his ass off for the whole game! yes the Whole f’in Game! now he’s skinny as snoop but he atlest got t he heat 20 rebounds! 20 REBOUND WOW! He got he’s inner beast out! thank you Mr. Curry he is the player of the game as Heat wins it in OT at 110 – 89. What happened to Duncan you say? he’s old I mean no disrespect but Eddy ate him up! Now game 4!!! Will it be a sweep? just like round 1 with heat vs ny no.. though it’s Miami home game the spurs beat them 89-85 player of the game Timmy with 30 points,15 rebound, 4 steals, you know what happened to Curry he was injured Timmy flagrant him! Now I’m hating the spurs! Now game 5! still Heat home game it’s getting exciting because this is the night I’ve been waiting for! Miami heat hitting 3′s from every angle lebron,wade and bosh (by the way bosh dedicated this game to his son baby bosh jackson) dominated it finishing the game 99 – 84 MIAMI HEAT WINS IT!!! At last the choke jokes and king with no ring din’t choke and now he’s having his ring!!! Bow down before the finals MVP Lebron James! averaging 31.5 ppg,5.0 rpg,2.0 bpg and 8.5 apg. Everyone chanting MVP! MVP! The King with a teary eye does the tebow and even Magic Johnson gave him a stading ovasion! and that’s it! I woke up slammy that’s my prediction! This is what exactly happened last 2006 before dallas vs heat and I won bets from my mates saying that Dallas will win it (though dallas won it last year)and I said I had a dream that the HEAT will win it! though the past few years I didn’t have that dream but now with the right timing you gave us opportunity to say who we think will win and I had a dream that heat will win it this year! WHAT?!! what I’m trying to say is that I want that Hat slam! now that’s Bold and this is my prediction! HEAT FTW!!!

  • roybot

    Return of Metta World Peace will boost Lakers to beat Nuggets in game 7. Pau Gasol breaks out of his 2 year-long crappy playoff play with 25+ points and 12 rebounds plus 4 assists. Bonus prediction: The GOAT Brian Scalabrine takes his talents to South Beach next season, thus making the Miami Heat the greatest collective of talent in NBA history.

  • koyoh

    SPurs and celtics face off in finals pitting kg and td against each other in the finals for the first time. the former rivals are engergized by the task and each average upwards for 25 and 12 for the entire series. On a game winning game seven attempt kg slips and breaks his hip forcing him into retirement. The spurs win it in seven and td wins finals mvp

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Gab

    My bold playoffs prediction: Since there will already be 2 game 7′s this weekend. DEN/LAL, LAC/MEM. There is gonna be a game 7 for every round.
    Philly/Boston=Boston, Memphis/San Antonio=Memphis. Confrence Finals Memphis/OKC=OKC, Boston/MIA=Heat win 4 to 1. Finals Match-up OKC/MIA!!! this is how its gonna go Heat win games 1 and 2 at home. OKC goes back home to win 2 nailbitting games (3+4).Game 5 D-wade and Lebron both get triple-doubles to lead the heat to victory. Back to south beach for game 6. Its a game of runs Heat lead at the half by 1 point. Breaking News!!! Westbrook “SLAMS” his head into the padding of the hoop out of frustration he gets a slight concussion. Having an abismal game 2-20, 10 points in total. 2nd half starts and the Heat begin to pull away closing out the 3rd Quarter on a 20-2 run. KD the all-star MVP starts knocking down impossible shots with the season MVP draped all over him. Heat get a steal in the 4th D-wade outlets the ball to LJ and throws down a “Thunderous” Dunk over Harden “Which by the way shaves his beard before game 6″.1 minute remaining Heat up by 5 Durant gets shut down but still makes an impossible 3 two cut the deficit to 2 but it doesn’t count the ball hit the top of the shot clock comes down and Ibaka interferes with it.HEAT WIN!!!!!! Sorry Slam I know i promised you guys a game 7 for every round. :D

  • logues

    the celtics will win the nba finals by beating the heat and then beating the lakers in another great series. the celtics will shut down lebron and kobe will struggle in the finals and KG will ball like its 2004 and grab the finals mvp by putting up 25 and 12 per.

  • Sweetness

    Lakers wins the NBA championship once again giving Kobe sixth ring. Heats don’t even make it to the NBA finals, they get eliminated by the Pacers who make a great run to the finals but lose to the Lakers.— Very bold prediction

  • Jayygee

    It’s game seven of the eastern conference semifinals. The heat are the favored team of this matchup, but the pacers shock every body in the basketball world. The second half is over. The heat are up by 12. It’s 41-53. Lebron is having a good game so far 22 points on 10-16 from the field, 2 blocks, 3 assist. Wade has 13 and bosh has 8. The big three are carrying the team while the others are having trouble. As for the pacers, the scoring is pretty even. Hibbert has 4 pts and 7 boards, granger has 15, Paul George 4 , hill has 5 and 5 assist, west has 6. By the looks of it, the heat will win but let’s fast forward to the fourth. 15 seconds, the heat down 1 and they have the ball. Charmers inbounds and wade has the ball. One on one against Paul George. Wade dribbles and crosses to his right, fades away, Paul right in his face, and hits it with 1.3 seconds to go. The pacers have no time outs. Granger gets the ball, dribbles a few feet and launches a hail Mary at the opposite end of the three point line. The crowd looks in the air, it seems as time is slowing down, the ball get closer to the rim and granger banks in the three. The heat lose 102-104. The pacers go th the finals and a Eric spoelstra gets fired and pat Riley comes back.

  • Dion

    Derrick Rose, taken by a slow, broiling rage at the rigorous season and the awful injury that it led to, creates a time machine, heads back to the 2011 lockout… and puts the commissioner out of commission. I imagine D. Rose challenged him to a one on one using his one good leg and still managing to cross him over so bad Stern couldn’t get up no more.

    Rose comes back to the regular season (with 9 less games to play), finds CP3 with the Lakers, officiating much less biased, and his knee alright.

    Unfortunately, after beating the Heat in seven games, the Bulls fall to CP3′s cerebral playmaking and the Mamba’s swag.

    #boldpredictions

  • kdtrey5

    OKC win game 5 in nba finals off a serge ibaka clutch 3 you said bold but OKC will win the whole thing KD35 finals mvp aswell

  • Snapback4Me

    #1) Metta World Peace comes back for the OKC series, a daring fan throws a water bottle at the unstable player, Peace sees the bottle and repressed memories from detroit cause him to snap and he tears through the crowd to find his enemy, Metta World Peaces alter ego Metta World War begins throwing flying elbows at his opposition causing what will be known as the worlds highest concussion count in one arena.

    #2) OKC wins the finals against LeBron, Durant proves to everybody why he should not have been snubbed the MVP award, Durant and westbrook share the finals mvp award both scoring a combined 120 pts in a pivotal game 7, while key starter ibaka aquires 10 blocks and 10 rebounds and actually in one play blocks chris bosh so bad/hard, both boshs acls are torn as he ame crashing into the ground

  • Aidan

    The heat will lose in 6 games to the pacers and the celtics will sweep philly and beat the pacers in game 7 in the eastern conference finals and the celtics will win the chanpionship in 7 games against OKC after they sweep the lakers and beat the spurs in 6 games.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Indiana sweeps Miami. LeBron is booed so much that he starts crying at center court. This prompts Chris Bosh to completely lose it and starts crying in Bron’s arms. Wade sees them, gets mad, and punches them both in the face. This Miami team is forever known as “The P*ssies”, and Kobe calls Bron a little boy in his presser, causing Mario Chalmers to fly to Los Angeles to challenge Kobe to a fight. Instead of fighting him, Metta World Peace decides to elbow Chalmers in the face, causing a lifetime ban from the NBA, and through a little-known contract clause, Chalmers, as the recipient of the elbow, is allowed to suit up for the Lakers for the rest of the playoffs. The Lakers make it to the Finals against the Celtics, and Steve Blake drops 52 in Game 7 (taking up the scoring load from Kobe after he suffered a broken arm from getting a block attempt blocked by Avery Bradley in game 2), only for Garnett to throw down an alley-oop from Rajon Rondo, en route to Rondo’s fourth triple-double of these playoffs and a Finals MVP award for Rajon. Following the game and the celebration, Rondo declares that upon James’ retirement (which he announced following the eternal embarrassment from what has become known as the “Heat HeartbreaK”) that he is now the best player in the league and should get sole credit for the championship, calling the rest of the Celtics a bunch of old nobodies. Danny Ainge rips up Rondo’s contract right there, and the Mayor decides to cancel the parade. The playoff turmoil causes a player strike, demanding more job security and physical, off-court security. No decision can be reached, and President Obama announces that he will not be running for a second term, and that he will “Take his talents to the NBA”. He takes over Billy Hunter’s responsibilities as Executive Director of the NBPA, and he negotiates with David Stern and Al Horford to work out a new deal. It takes six months, and half of the NBA’s players jump ship for the French league, which becomes the premiere basketball league in the world. Obama works out a new deal, but the talent stays in Europe, causing massive income loss for the NBA. Donald Trump buys the league and decides he wants to play. Mark Cuban suits up for the Mavericks, and corporations take over during the NBA’s cashless turmoil. In an insignificant 2013, 30-game season, Timofey Mozgov wins MVP in an undefeated championship season for the Denver McNuggets. Red Auerbach rolls over in his grave, and Dr. James Naismith wakes up from the dead as a zombie just to spit on David Stern, then he goes back to his grave. The Phoenix Mohegan Suns win the next ten championships.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    ^all of that will happen at some point.^

  • Dylan

    Miami is going to the finals but they are going to lose . So Lebron is going to kick the garbage can in the locker room and he is going to yell at his teammates .

  • donato

    Miami beats Indiana in 6 Miami vs spurs in the finals Miami wins in 6.

  • Noah O

    Hibbert will come extra-alive in game 2 of heat-pacers and dominate the rest of the series because the heat don’t have an answer for him.

  • Noah O

    #2 donato will not win this contest with his completely safe bet.

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