No. 1 Jason Kidd (33) defeats No. 17 Brad Stevens (3)
Fully rested after enjoying a first-round bye, Jason Kidd storms into the competition to trounce Stevens.
The Celtics coach made it this far on the strength of his youth, but Kidd is only three years older than Stevens. Plus, there's the small matter of Kidd's status as a surefire Hall of Famer, 19-year NBA veteran and 10-time All-Star nod.
As B/R's Dan Favale noted: "Kidd is only a year removed from playing in the NBA, and while he doesn't seem to have the rested legs necessary to attack the rim, it seems like his height advantage alone would allow him to drain standstill jumpers from the perimeter."
J-Kidd showed Stevens and everyone else why he's the No. 1 seed.
No. 8 Kevin McHale (31) defeats No. 9 Tyrone Corbin (5)
McHale's run continues here, even though Corbin represents a much bigger threat than Thibodeau did in Round 1.
Let's put it this way: When Charles Barkley says "My personal nemesis was Kevin McHale because he was the best player I ever played against. You could not stop him," as he did on an episode of NBA TV's Open Court, there's a good chance guys like Corbin won't pose a problem.
So long, Tyrone.
No. 4 Mark Jackson (34) defeats No. 13 Larry Drew (2)
Jackson continues to look strong here, blowing out Drew by a hefty margin.
The result makes sense, as Jackson is younger, had a more distinguished playing career and is sneakily one of the better one-on-one players in the field. He's probably best known for ranking third on the NBA's all-time assists list, but that deliberate post game is murder on opponents—especially with no chance of a double-team coming.
Mama, there goes that man.
No. 5 Brian Shaw (30) defeats No. 12 Mike Woodson (6)
Woodson is on the wrong end of a blowout here. But on the bright side, nobody will be upset with him for sticking strictly to isolation sets in a one-on-one game.
Unfortunately, the predictable strategy that doesn't work for the New York Knicks also doesn't work for Woodson against Shaw. So far, we've had nothing but decisive victories in this round.
No. 2 Jeff Hornacek (36) defeats No. 15 Dwane Casey (0)
Jeff Hornacek, our No. 2 seed and the other man whose skills earned him a first-round bye, completely obliterates Casey in the second round.
Per B/R's Zach Buckley: "Make it, take it rules? Hornacek may not ever miss a shot."
Hornacek was one of the greatest shooters to ever lace up sneakers, and even though he's already 50 years old, the pure outside stroke is often the last thing to go. There's no shame for Casey in this result; Hornacek is a serious threat to win this whole thing.
No. 7 Doc Rivers (24) defeats No. 10 Scott Brooks (9)
Rivers takes this matchup by a comfortable margin, but there were plenty of dissenting votes.
B/R's Martin Telleria pointed to the noticeable difference in, shall we say, "fitness" between Rivers and Brooks when casting his vote:
Maybe the biggest surprise of all was the realization that Doc is only 52 years old. He looks much older. Brooks on the other hand appears to have held up pretty well over the years. I'll give the edge to the guy that I'm sure would be able to actually play the full game.
A valid position, but not one shared by enough voters to help Brooks stand up against Doc.
No. 3 Monty Williams (32) defeats No. 19 Erik Spoelstra (1)
Spoelstra gets his comeuppance for his first-round upset of Wittman in the form of a thorough beating from Williams.
B/R's Josh Martin summed up the collective thoughts of the 32 voters who opted for the New Orleans Hornets coach: "Bigger, younger AND he played in the Association? How could you NOT give Monty the edge in this one?"
No. 6 Jacque Vaughn (23) defeats No. 11 Maurice Cheeks (10)
Goodnight, sweet Cheeks, and flights of angles sing thee to thy rest.
Shakespeare might be a little too melodramatic, but it's hard not to feel sentimental for Cheeks. Vaughn stomps him out of this bracket and the four-time All-Star is out of a job. On the bright side, this is a fictional tournament, so Cheeks probably isn't hurting too badly.
Plus, he doesn't have to coach Josh Smith or Brandon Jennings anymore.
I'm starting to wonder if Cheeks is actually the big winner here.