Tonight the NBA playoffs kick, er TIP off. There are some pretty obvious front runners in the mix this year (Boston) but there are also some serious underdogs as well. On the subject of underdogs I will take a look at the hottie force of the Sixers, and looking at the front runners, the Pistons. Tonight’s match up, from the team record standpoint, should heavily favor the Pistons. However, I like to think that maybe the W’s and L’s aren’t EVERYTHING when it comes to playoff magic.
Andre Iguodala, the new AI in Philly, has averaged about 20 points per game this season. He’s battled some nagging injuries at the tail end of the season but he is also considered to be a difference maker and power player for a Philly team short on playoff experience.
Andre (because we’re on a first name basis) stands 6’6″ tall, has been playing in the NBA for three years, and majored in education at Arizona. I’d like him to teach me a thing or two… hmm.. what?
Then there is Jason Smith. To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t think that he has been a terribly GREAT player for the Sixers this year. It’s his first full season with them and he’s only averaging about 15 minutes in each game. However, I’d like to think that maybe his first experience in the playoffs could be great for young Mr. Smith. Like, for instance, if 3 other players suffer game-ending injuries in the same night, he could be right there to swoop in and save the game. … It could happen.
Jason Smith played for the Colorado State Rams. His middle name is Victor which is both dorky and adorable all at the same time. He looks as sweet as pie- I like to imagine that his mom still packs halftime snacks for him before games with little “good luck notes” tucked between the orange wedges.
The Pistons’s Aaron Afflalo has been hot and cold on the court this season, but he’s been consistently hot… to me… in my pants… drool. The biceps alone have got to count for something. There are a lot of other extremely talented players on the Pistons roster, but Aaron has got the hottness edge, and frankly, that’s what this article is all about. There are a billion other blogs on the Internet that will examine to death every angle of the NBA playoffs, I chose to take this angle. And Afflalo could choose any damn angle he wants. Go on with your bad self!
My predictions? Honestly, I don’t think the Sixers have much of a chance, but they’ll look spectacular trying. The Pistons are a pretty powerful team with a great record. It will be a fun series to watch, but judging by the score (46-51 at the time of writing) it won’t because of the great competition on the court. I could be wrong, though. It has happened from time to time.
UPDATE: Sweet Jesus what an ending. The Sixers just rocked Auburn Hills. Anything really CAN happen in the playoffs.