NBA and Music: Comparing Remaining 2012-2013 Playoff Teams to a Song Title

James Tillman IIIAnalyst IMay 6, 2013

NBA and Music: Comparing Remaining 2012-2013 Playoff Teams to a Song Title

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    As every sports fan knows, the worlds of music and sports have been intertwined for quite some time now.

    Whether it is the players we see listening to their favorite tunes while making their way to the locker room prior to tip-off, or the music that is played during the starting lineups for the home team, music and sports have an undeniable correlation to one another to say the least.

    With that being said, here is a list I compiled comparing the remaining NBA playoff teams to various song titles.

    Please keep in mind that the teams are only compared to the song title itself and not the content of the song(s) in question.

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Whispers, “And The Beat Goes On”

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference but lost its point-guard Russell Westbrook in Game 2 of the first round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.

    Despite the absence of Westbrook, the beat goes on for the Thunder as they edged the Rockets in six games and currently lead the Memphis Grizzlies 1-0 in the second round of the playoffs.

    While it will be difficult to advance without Westbrook, no one should count OKC out as of yet.

Memphis Grizzlies: Waka Flocka Flame, "Hard in Da Paint"

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    Thanks to the inside combination of Zack Randolph and Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies ousted the Los Angeles Clippers in six games.

    In addition to that, the Grizzlies nearly stole Game 1 from the Thunder. Despite the disappointing loss in the opener, the Grizzlies have to be confident that they can win this series.

    If the Grizzlies can find a way to slow the game down and hit OKC hard in the paint, they have a good chance to move on to the conference finals.

Golden State Warriors: Mase, "Welcome Back"

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    Welcome back to the postseason, Golden State Warriors, and I say that with good reason.

    The Warriors are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the second time in 19 seasons.

    After upsetting the Denver Nuggets in six games in the first round, the Warriors are hoping to find that same magic to defeat a Spurs team with a lot of playoff experience.

    Regardless of what happens against San Antonio, this playoff appearance should be the first of many in the years to come.

San Antonio Spurs: Radiohead, "Everything In Its Right Place"

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    Yes, the Spurs are old and have dealt with injuries to key players this season.

    However, everything appears to be in the right place for this team.

    With their top three players in Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all appearing to be healthy—coupled with a week off following a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers—the Spurs are ready for another deep postseason run.

    The Warriors will prove to be a formidable opponent, but the Spurs will return to the conference finals for the second straight year.

Miami Heat: DJ Khaled, "All I Do Is Win"

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    The Miami Heat won a franchise record 66 games this season, which included a 27-game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history.

    In addition to that, the Heat have posted 41 wins in the last 43 games and began defense of its NBA title with a four-game sweep over the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.

    I am not a huge fan of this team, but in spite of that fact, I have to give credit where it is due by acknowledging that all this team does is win. 

Chicago Bulls: Bee Gees, “Stayin’ Alive”

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    The Chicago Bulls continue to defy the odds in spite of the absence of not only Derrick Rose, but injuries and illnesses to other players as well.

     With their backs to the wall against the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round, the Bulls pulled together to post the franchise’s first-ever Game 7 victory on the road to advance to second round.

    With both Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich expected to miss the early games in this series (via, It will be interesting to see if Chicago can continue to stay alive against the defending-champion Miami Heat.


Indiana Pacers: Black Ghosts, “Let’s Get Physical”

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    The Indiana Pacers advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year following a 4-2 series win over the Atlanta Hawks.

    One of the major reasons for Pacers’ success over the past few seasons is the fact they are a physical team on both ends of the floor.

    The New York Knicks found out the hard way as the Pacers stole the home-court advantage with a 102-95 win in Game 1, thanks in large to the play of bruisers David West and Roy Hibbert.

    New York is the No. 2 seed in the conference, but if the Pacers continue to impose their physical brand of play, they have a chance to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 2004.

New York Knicks: Daughtry, "It's Not Over"

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    The New York Knicks have to be a bit shell-shocked after coming up short in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

    Carmelo Anthony is one of premier scorers in the league today, but he and the rest of his teammates had no answer for the bruising, physical play of the Pacers.

    Led by Roy Hibbert, the Pacers limited the Knicks to just 13-for-30 shooting from close range.

    While it is always disappointing to give up the home-court advantage, I am certain the Knicks and their fans are thinking it's not over.

    That concludes the comparative list of these playoff teams to song titles. Please feel free to share your thoughts regardless if you feel the selections were accurate or missed the mark entirely.