Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tar Heels in the NBA Playoffs

2 San Antonio Spurs vs. 7 Los Angeles Lakers

Danny Green
Green had his best season as a pro averaging 10.5 points a game and shooting 43% from 3 point range. Green is a key role player for one of the best teams in the NBA. He is a very good defender and when he is hot from outside the Spurs will be very tough to beat.

Antwan Jamison
If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to make it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, they will have to do it without Kobe Bryant. Jamison has scored 16 and 15 points in the two games without Bryant. Jamison will continue to be the Lakers first option off the bench.
Game 1 in San Antonio, April 21st at 3:30 pm EST on ABC

3 Denver Nuggets vs. 6 Golden State Warriors

Ty Lawson
Lawson had his best season in the NBA leading the Nuggets in points (16.7) and assist (6.9). He is expected to be a key factor if the Nuggets advance to the next round, as they are entering the playoffs banged up.

Harrison Barnes
In Barnes' first season he averaged 9 points and four rebounds a game. He also started 81 games this season for the Warriors.
Game 1 in Denver, April 20th at 5:30 pm EST on ESPN

4 Los Angeles Clippers vs. 5 Memphis Grizzlies

Ed Davis
Davis began the season very hot with the Toronto Raptors, but once he was traded to Memphis he was regulated to the bench and had his minutes a game cut drastically. Davis' role should be the same as the regular season and will be expected to give Memphis' front court solid minutes off the bench.
Game 1 in Los Angeles, April 20th at 10:30 pm EST on ESPN

1 Miami Heat vs. 8 Milwaukee Bucks

John Henson
Henson is playing his best basketball of the season and in the last 10 games he  has averaged 9 points and 9 rebounds a game, including posting a double-double in the last two regular season games. No one expects Milwaukee to win the series against Miami, but it will be a good opportunity for Henson to farther his development.
Game 1 in Miami, April 21st at 7:00 pm ESPN on TNT

2 New York Knicks vs. 7 Boston Celtics

Raymond Felton
The Knicks are one of the hottest teams heading into the NBA playoffs. Felton has been a big part of the teams success this year. He averaged 14 points and 5.5 assist per game. If Felton and the Knicks continue their hot play, then fans should be anticipating a New York-Miami Eastern Conference final.
Game 1 in New York, April 20th at 3:30 pm EST on ABC

3 Indiana Pacers vs. 6 Atlanta Hawks

Tyler Hansbrough
Hansbrough gives the Pacers a nice insurance policy for starter David West. When Hansbrough filled in for the injured West this season he gave them very solid minutes. Hansbrough did suffer a mild sprained ankle in practice on Friday, but is expected to play Sunday.
Game 1 in Indiana, April 21st at 1:00 pm EST on TNT

4 Brooklyn Nets vs. 5 Chicago Bulls

Jerry Stackhouse
Stackhouse missed a lot of the season and was used sparingly when he was healthy. Stackhouse is expected to come off the bench and give the Nets 10-15 solid minutes.
Game 1 in Brooklyn, April 20th at 8:00 pm EST on ESPN

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