Well it's Playoff time and that means the pressure is at it's highest. Let's see who's standing up to it and who's crumbling underneath it.
Hot or Not time people. Let's go.
San Antonio Spurs
Yes they're the 1-seed in the West and yes they had the equal best record in the league but in two games against the Jazz, the Spurs have looked on another level.
San Antonio blasted Utah to the tune of 220-174 through the first two games of the series.
The Spurs are looking a big time threat for another Larry O'Brien Trophy.
LeBron has torched the Knicks so far.
He hit 10 of 14 shots (32 pts) in Game 1, followed it up with yet another near triple double (19 pts, 9 asts, 7 rebs) in Game 2 and then had another 32 points in Game 3.
The Miami Heat star is doing his best to make last year's 'Failure in the Finals' a distant memory.
I don't need to justify this, do I?
It's the biggest and best time on the basketball calendar. 16 teams left, only one will be champion by the end of it.
Once again, my Raptors are not present so it's time for me to jump on the "Anybody-but-the-Heat-or-Celtics" bandwagon.
It doesn't matter if your team is present or not though because every fan has to appreciate that this is where careers are made, legacies are cemented and legends are born.
New York Knicks
What can I say?
The Knicks have not looked anything close to a playoff team through three games against Miami.
Their average losing margin so far is 20 points a game. 20 points! They have also now lost an NBA record 13 consecutive playoff games.
Amare Stoudemire's idiocy (we'll touch on that more in a second) made their assignment even tougher and nigh on impossible.
Stoudemire was almost a complete non-factor in the Knicks' offense through two games.
He had taken only 16 shots, was averaging 13.5 points and had one solitary block through the opening two games.
Then he decided to put his hand through the glass case around a fire extinguisher, and quite possibly rule himself out of the series.
It doesn't take a genius to understand that Amare has had a bad week.
OK, injuries suck all the time but to have such serious injuries so early in the playoffs, puts a real dampener on things.
Derrick Rose & Iman Shumpert both tore their ACL, and Amare, well you know.
These injuries (particularly Rose's) have made this year's title, as Bill Simmons put it, a "Foot-Note" title i.e. Whenever you say who won this year, you kind of have to mention Rose.
Injuries have taken some of the luster off of what was shaping to be one hell of a Playoff series.
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