The NBA playoffs are only five games away. Only a few seeds are set, which means the playoffs might as well be happening now for a lot of teams. Historically, teams that hit their strides around this time of year go on to make long runs in the playoffs. It’s a recipe for success, similar to how Samoas and Thin Mints are made. Right now a few teams look like they are at or near that mark. You can probably guess who they are.
Tony Parker plays on one of them, and he should continue to be spectacular tonight. He’s having one of the best seasons of his career, and right now the Spurs are playing like the dynasty they were barely a decade ago. I just reminded myself how old I am.
Russell Westbrook is another one of those guys whose name we’ve heard all season. My guess is he’s not planning on slowing down anytime soon. He’ll probably actually turn things up a notch or two instead.
Paul George is in a slump right now, which is why I’m willing to put my money on him tonight. Minnesota is a good team, one that will provide a competitive matchup that will require George’s best effort.
Lou Williams was definitely featured on a lot highlight reels last month and all throughout the season. He’s been relatively quiet as of late, but in a possible playoff matchup against Orlando, I expect him to be back to his old ways.
Everyone’s least favorite player Kris Humphries actually isn’t half bad. The Nets have the Heat tonight, but that’s what Humphries has had all month long, with five double-doubles in six games during April.
And now some strategy. Usually what I do after I’ve picked my lineup is go through and identity the weakest and most expensive area(s). I then drop that player and use the remaining salary money to buy an even better player at the same position. I always end up with a better team afterward.