The conventional wisdom is that everything changes in
the NBA playoffs. Those run-n-gun Suns will be slowed.
Shooting teams like the Sonics, Mavs and Wizards will
be bludgeoned into submission.
Or maybe this year is different. After all, no one
gave the Pistons' "D-first" squad much of a chance
against the mighty Lakers. Detroit taught everyone:
Team basketball wins.
But that's just one trendy storyline. Get ready for
the next three months of playoff basketball with our
annual Hot/Not List, sure to impress your co-workers,
barstool debate partners and even that hottie on the
first date (if you're lucky).
|WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT: 2005 NBA PLAYOFFS|
|TV guy turned Coach||George Karl||Mike Fratello|
|No. 1 fan||
|"Oh, sure, I always liked the..."||Suns||Wizards|
|Coach on Hot Seat||Stan Van Gundy||Larry Brown|
|Everyone's hating on...||
|Due for national breakout||Earl Boykins||Tyson Chandler|
|Home Court||United Center (Bulls)||ARCO Arena (Kings)|
|Mr. Clutch||Dwyane Wade||Paul Pierce|
Lakers in Lottery!
Lakers in Lottery!
|Jersey to be seen in||Gilbert Arenas "0"||Tracy McGrady "1"|
|Three-point ace||Quentin Richardson||Eddie Jones|
|X-factor||Injuries to stars||Playoff experience|
|Unemployment-line sighting||Cavs GM Jim Paxson||Pacers coach Rick Carlisle|
|Designated Hack-a-Shaq'er||Darko Milicic||Nenad Krstic|
|Must prove it this year||
|Strategy trend||Run and shoot||Bump and grind|
|Impact sub||Ben Gordon||Bobby Jackson|
|Playoffs MVP||Steve Nash||Allen Iverson|
Everyone out there thinks they know the hot sleeper or favorite that can't miss. Well, Page 2 already has heard it all, and here's what we think of the conventional wisdom for picking this year's big winners:
|PAGE 2 BRACKET PICKS|
|Category||We like||We don't like|
|Heat-Nets||Healthy (enough) Shaq||Hype over Jefferson|
|Pistons-Sixers||Defending champs||Weak Webbers|
|Celtics-Pacers||Motivated ex-brawlers||Antoine Walker|
|Bulls-Wizards||Healthy Hughes-Jamison||Injured Curry-Deng|
|Suns-Grizzlies||Run-n-gun-n-fun||The Czar of Anything|
|Spurs-Nuggets||SA playoff toughness||Bad Denver draw|
|Sonics-Kings||Hot shooting Seattle||Injured Sacto|
|East Semi 1||More healthy Shaq||Wizards/Bulls Centers|
|East Semi 2||More brawling!||Memories of Larry vs. Isiah|
|West Semi 1||"Take the over"||Defense|
|West Semi 2||Spurs lock 'em down||Sonic booming|
|East Finals||Pistons solve Shaq||Shaq's revenge|
|West Finals||Suns stun Spurs||Spurs grind Suns|
|Finals champ||Suns save the NBA!||Pistons repeat|
Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.