Oh buddy-boy, we are going to have either a couple of extremely fast semi-final matchups or they are going to go the distance. I’m making no predictions based on just the first two games of these series, but they look good.
Wizards v. Hawks
I’ve been salivating over this matchup since the Hawks took down the Nets last Friday night. I hoped that series would go the full seven games, but the Nets just ran out of gas. C’est la vie, ma petite tete de chou.
First the bad news. Bradley Beal injured his ankle in the second half of the game and it didn’t look good for his availability for game 2.
Keep a close eye on twitter if you have him in your proposed lineups. If Beal sits, Otto Porter will likely see increased minutes if not a starting role. He looked impressive and just as hot as he had been against the Raptors. Porter is my #deepdfspick for this whole series unless the apocalypse happens.
Who’s gassed and who’s rested? The Wizards are coming off a week’s rest and they looked primed and ready. The Hawks looked worn down and tired; they will need to get some sleep in the two days off and come back strong in game 2 if they are going to stay competitive.
The Wizards are coming off a week’s rest and they looked primed and ready. The Hawks looked worn down and tired; they will need to get some sleep in the two days off and come back strong in game 2 if they are going to stay competitive. Aside from DeMarre Carroll, the Hawks need Korver, Teague, Horford, Millsap to step up and find the energy to compete.
Al Horford needs to be the big man the Hawks used him as all year long. It’s just that simple. The Wizards are going to throw Gortat and Nene at him every game. Horford has to play hard but keep his fouls to a minimum.
Kyle Korver needs to find his shooting rhythm…like NOW. Korver looked tired and took shots that were simply ill-advised, off-balanced, and rushed. Kyle, stick to your fundamentals that make you a potent shooter: find the open space and setup. Korver has to get back into the rhythm he had against the Nets if the Hawks are to be competitive.
If the Wizards lock-down on Carroll and the rest of the Hawks play like they did on Sunday, then its roasted Hawk on the menu or the next four games.
Warriors v. Grizzlies
The Warriors came out to play. And there are already some compelling x-factors to pay close attention for this series.
Marreese Speights. 10 points in 13 minutes. The big man didn’t get many minutes in this blow-out, but he came in with thunder to the dazed Grizzly big-men.
Speights is a big man on a team that the only other big man is Andrew Bogut and they will need to keep Bogut out of foul trouble, so I expect Speights to get more playing time once this series gets all hot and heavy.
Mike Conely. He isn’t the household name he should be in the DFS world, but after sustaining a hard elbow to the face and receiving facial reconstruction surgery late last week, Conley is sidelined right now. He’s trying to come back for the next game on Tuesday, May 5, but that is looking suspect according to the Twitter-verse. Conely is a more defensive minded point guard, but his presence on the court was sorely evident as the Grizz seemed adrift throughout Sunday’s game.
Oh and some guy who plays guard for the Warriors named Stephen Curry was named Most Valuable Player just a little while after they beat the pants off the Grizz on Sunday afternoon. I guess I need to take a look at this Mr. Curry. I believe he might be relevant to this whole NBA Playoffs scenario. (That’s called SARCASM, folks…get used to it.)
Till next time, try the Chicken Curry and follow me at @Deepdfspicks.