The Playoffs are Here

by April 17, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Goodbye social life!

This year’s first round matchups are so bananas – do the kids still use that word? – that even the Eastern Conference is intriguing. Just take a look at some of the madness for yourselves:

Atlanta vs Boston: Dominique started the crazy talk, and now two Atlanta guys named Josh have grabbed the baton from him and are running with it. I think I’m just going to tune in to this series to watch the press conferences.

Washington vs Cleveland: The trash-talking in the series will be at an all-time high, and I fully expect LeBron James to make DeShawn Stevenson cry at least once.

Dallas vs New Orleans: Dirk had no problem admitting his squad wanted no part of the Lakers, but instead wanted the Hornets in the first round. Way to give your opponent added motivation, Mavericks!

Phoenix vs San Antonio: This is one of those series that has practically too many storylines. And I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t go the distance.

One more important Playoff-viewing note: David Blaine’s utterly creepy ads will no longer serve as nightmare fuel for hoop fans this spring; this time around we have Terrence Howard’s slightly hilarious over-acting to guide us through the highs and lows of the postseason.