It’s been some time since our last roundtable, so this week we’ve decided to bring in a couple of new contributors as well as a familiar face or two to discuss some of the recent hot topics in the NBA. We’ll be looking at everything from the Warriors playoff hopes, the Thunder’s challenge without Westbrook, The Knicks chances of taking the East, the Boston Celtics troubles, injures and Jason Collins’ recent news. To kick things off we welcome back Tom Read from the #BelieveTheHype podcast, as well as SidelineAgenda.com contributor and all round sports nut Alex Young, and Houston Rockets/NBA social media commentator Terry Goldfain to the party along with regulars from NBA Nation Australia Nick Caro and Sam Monaghan. Lets go!
Knicks explosive guard J.R Smith has been suspended one game for throwing a errant elbow in game 3. The elbow struck Celtice Jason Terry in the chin – resulting in a ejection for Smith and a 1 game suspension. Smith will miss game 4 in Boston tomorrow.
Welcome to another week of NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable Discussion
Our @NBANationOz Roundtable Knights Are:
Nick Caro: @NickoToGo
Nick How: @Nick_A_How
Sam Monaghan: @Mono85
This weeks Roundtable is a Finals/Playoffs focused feature and we were lucky enough to have some special guests join us –
Jamey Burke: @KWAPT
Nick Metallinos: @NickMetallinos
Chad Smith: @BezerkerMPS
Welcome to another edition of NBA Nation Australia’s weekly roundtable.
This week we discuss the Playoff’s and all things new in the NBA.
Our usual Roundtable Knights from NBA Nation Australia are:
Nick C: @NickoToGo
Nick H: @Nick_A_How
Sam Monaghan: @mono85
The NBA Playoffs are what we as ‘ball fans relish, players playing out of their skins, entertaining to the wire match ups. This is what it’s all about.
With this being us at NBA Nation Australia’s first year in the Playoffs, we’ve decided to do something special. We have invited some good friends along for the ride also.
So sit back, have a read through and allow us to hype you up more than you already are for the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Starting with the Eastern Conference Playoff match-ups.
The Nuggets are bobbing in and out of playoff contention. With their huge win today their chances firm . They sit at 7th in the West one game clear of 8th placed Houston and one game clear of facing the ferocious Thunder in Round 1. Denver has 6 games in 11 days before the playoffs begin, only 1 game against the East, so each game will be critical.
April 16 @ Houston
The Nuggets spanked the Rockets in Denver today by 15 points after leading by as many as 20 points. Faried dropped a double-double and is emerging as another great draft pick from the post-Anthony era. The Rockets don’t have anyone who matches up against his big body as well as an OKC or San Antonio. It’ll be a tight hard fought game but the Nuggets should eek out a win.
April 18 vs Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers lead the season series 2-1 and this is a crucial game for both teams. The Clippers will want to come to Denver and pick up a win away from home heading into the playoffs just to keep pace with the Lakers. Denver needs to protect home court. Paul could run wild and slice this Denver defence to shreds, even though he is only 26 he commands the Clipper offense like a veteran. Denver cant afford to drop a game against a Western conference opponent here. Continue reading