Three new NBA teams are showing up for the playoffs, the Charlotte Bobcats, the Toronto Raptors, and the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are really behind John Wall on him having a terrific year. The Bobcats are banking in with Kemba Walker doing the heavy lifting in Charlotte. Don’t be surprised if Toronto actually wins a playoff series this year. They are for real. The Raptors are gunning behind Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, and DeMar DeRozan. No surprises for the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, or the Memphis Grizzlies making the playoffs again. I like how the Golden State Warriors have made a late stride toward making a push for the playoffs. Don’t expect the Warriors to make a bigger push with David Lee and Stephen Curry trying to pull late night heroics.
J.R. Smith hit a game-winning 18-foot jump shot at the buzzer as the New York Knicks win 100-98 against the Charlotte Bobcats and Kemba Walker. I really thought the Bobcats were going to win this game. Instead, Charlotte folded and the Knicks ran out of the building with the victory. The Knicks were teasing us with their play, as they were behind for nearly the entire game. The Bobcats were carefully leading with their steady play behind Kemba Walker. What a heart-breaker!
Hi, NBA summer! Welcome to the NBA off-season where anything can happen. Leandro Barbosa is a free agent and I expect the Indiana Pacers to re-sign him soon. I am interested in how the Chicago Bulls handle new personnel as Marco Bellinelli is on board as Kirk Hinrich is back with Chicago again and Mike James again for another stint. The Bulls also signed Vladimir Radomanovic and Nate Robinson too as well. The Bulls are interested in giving NBA rookie Marquis Teague a chance to do well in the Bulls’ backcourt. That would be possible too as well. The Bulls should be ashamed of themselves for letting Omer Asik leave to play for the Houston Rockets.
The Atlanta Hawks also shook up their roster too by letting Hinrich leave and having traded for Devin Harris from Utah. They also signed Kyle Korver from Chicago also. Sharpshooter Anthony Morrow is on board for the Hawks as well. DeShawn Stevenson from New Jersey (now called the Brooklyn Nets) was also signed and so was Lou Williams from Philadelphia. The Celtics have a new team now that Ray Allen is longer a part of Boston. Jason Terry has been signed on for a championship run and the C’s have gotten Jason Collins and re-signed Jeff Green. They also signed Courtney Lee from the Houston Rockets to replace the sharpshooting that Ray Allen once gave the Celtics offensive fire power. I’m interested in seeing how Jared Sullinger does for the Boston Celtics.
Joe Johnson, Jerry Stackhouse, and C.J. Watson are playing for the Brooklyn Nets and are all seemingly to reside in Manhattan, rather than live in Brooklyn and playing in the practice facilities in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m not looking forward to seeing a lot of dramatic changes in the Charlotte Bobcats, but expect Kemba Walker to improve and do better and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to make a spark there in North Carolina.