The only thing better to watch than a movie is a sporting event. When we’re not watching movies, we’re watching sports and vice versa.
Both are great sources of entertainment which is why I compared the best films of all-time to the best NBA teams. I chose titles of Academy Award Winning movies that best exemplify the remaining teams in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Enjoy!
"No Country For Old Men"
The Lakers barely beat the Denver Nuggets in the first round, as they had trouble trying to stop the fastbreak. Once again, the Lakers find themselves in a hole against a younger, more energetic Thunder team.
While the Lakers try to slow the tempo down by setting up their half court offense, the Thunder know that to beat the Lakers, they'll have to outrun them.
"All Quiet on the Western Front"
The San Antonio Spurs entered the 2011-12 season with the national focus being around the Thunder, Clippers, Lakers and even the Grizzlies. No one thought the Spurs could win the West, and that’s just how the Spurs like it.
They never attract attention to themselves with flashy play or off-the-court troubles; they just go out and win.
The Thunder are led by a very young but very talented trio in Kevin Durant (23), Russell Westbrook (23) and James Harden (22). Inexperience hasn’t hurt them so far this season with Harden winning the Sixth Man of the Year award, Durant leading the league in scoring and Westbrook becoming one of the most electrifying point guards in the league.
The Thunder swept the defending champs in the first round and in the second round are attempting to sweep the team that won it the year before.
"The Greatest Show on Earth"
The Clippers are one of the most exciting teams in basketball. Dubbed “Lob City” by Blake Griffin, the Clippers didn’t disappoint in the regular season, throwing down alley-oop after alley-oop.
They are no longer the other team in LA, becoming increasingly popular compared to a Lakers team that isn’t exactly known for throwing down highlight-reel dunks. The Clippers might not win every game, but they are must-watch TV.
"The Third Man"
While everyone talks about LeBron and Wade on the Heat, Chris Bosh has shown how important he is to the team’s success in the second round against the Pacers. The Heat lost their first game without Bosh at home and then looked terrible when they played in Indiana for game three.
Bosh is expected to miss the entire series so unless Wade and LeBron can step it up, they’ll be out of the playoffs sooner than everyone expected.
"In the Shadows of the Stars"
The Celtics can attribute their success during the past five years to The Big Three. Led by Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics have reached two NBA Finals and won a title in 2008.
However, their most recent success is due to star point guard Rajon Rondo. The 26-year-old out of Kentucky averaged 11.9 points per game, 11.7 assists per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for the C’s during the regular season. He also tied Oscar Robertson this month for career play-off triple doubles.
Not bad for a guy who was considered the fourth best player on their team only a couple years ago.
The Sixers don’t have really have a household name on their roster. Their most recognizable player, Andre Iguodala, averaged just 12.4 points per game this year.
But they are successful because they play a team brand of basketball, winning with tough defense and always passing to the guy who’s most open. Led by coach Doug Collins, their no-star approach helped them defeat the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round.
"What Dreams May Come"
Although they added David West in the offseason, no one expected the Pacers to be this good. Roy Hibbert and Paul George stepped up their game dramatically this season and now are just two games away from defeating the title favorites.
If the Pacers managed to reach the NBA Finals this year, they would be one of the greatest underdog teams in league history.