Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobili, Tracy McGrady, and Jameer Nelson, all essential cogs in the wheels of their respective teams, are all out with injuries for the postseason.
Despite the fact that their teams are still legitimate contenders for the NBA championship, without these guys their teams now lack that part of the game that they brought to the table.
Without Kevin Garnett, the Celtics lack their inside shot blocker, an offensive matchup nightmare, and maybe more importantly, their defensive intensity.
Manu Ginobili brings the Spurs offensive creativity and explosion, along with an overall scrappy attitude which would catapult them to the next level.
Tracy McGrady is undeniably one of the most complete, explosive offensive players in the league who has also shown a stronger defensive mentality over the last couple of years.
The Orlando Magic have the game’s best center, surrounded by explosive slashers and dirty three-point experts. Jameer Nelson was essential to this team because of his role to distribute the ball to this highly talented squad.
The Pistons are over the hill, clinging to the young Stuckey to give them that youthful energy. The Trailblazers and Hawks possess the ability to contend in a game with the top two teams, but lack the experience to win in seven.
The Bulls, Jazz, Mavs, and Sixers are in the playoffs by default and don’t really have any business packing their bags in the first round. The Denver Nuggets are 0-3 against the Lakers with Bynum in the lineup and quite frankly are too small and timid inside to pose any threat. [Read more...]