The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday afternoon after another highly entertaining basketball season. Here are the first round matchups, previews and predictions for the Eastern Conference.
Last night’s Game 2 between the Pacers and the Hawks was relegated to NBA TV. So those with basic cable missed this David West-to-Gerald Green Hail Mary at the end of the third quarter.
In a blockbuster trade, the Brooklyn Nets have agreed in principle to trade the expiring contracts of Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Williams along with DeShawn Stevenson, via sign-and-trade, and a future first-round pick, lottery-protected in 2013 via Houston, to acquire Atlanta Hawk guard Joe Johnson.
I love this deal.
The criteria for this list involves franchises who have not changed cities or nicknames and have never made it to a championship final in their respective sport. A minimum of 35 years is used to gauge a “futile” existence.
The Celtics are technically the fourth seed in the East, but they will essentially be the fifth seed as they will open up the series in Atlanta.
NBA rules make it so a fifth seed with a better record than the fourth seed get homecourt advantage, and as the Hawks own a one game lead over the Celtics, they get to open in Atlanta.