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Some things just shouldn’t be seen on television…

After seeing Craig Sager cover the NBA playoffs again on TNT, I just had to start shaking my head. I am not a fan of tacky attire, but this takes it to another level. If I had long hair, looking Craig Sager on television would make me pull that hair out.

Here are four of the many clothing combinations which Sager has had to audacity to wear on national television. Beware this is graphic!

Interviewing Kobe at the All-Star Game. Courtesy of 4thandforever.

Interviewing Shaq at the All Star Game. Courtesy of 4thandforever.I am officially losing my mind! Courtesy of 4thandforever.

WTF!! At Fenway Park.

Now, everyone understands where I am coming from.

Kevin Garnett says exactly what I’d want to say if I ever catch anyone who I know wearing something that looks like anything which seen above.

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Playoff time! Will there be a new champ? (West Side)

It’s time for the NBA playoffs. 16 teams start off with hopes of winning the title, and 15 of those teams will end their season with a loss.

This year, there are more teams who have a shot at holding the trophy than in a long time. This should make for a very exciting playoffs.

Now it’s prediction time.

Western Conference

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies

This is the matchup the Grizzlies wanted. They sat key players the last two games of the season, when they had the opportunity to better their playoff seeding.

The Spurs and the Grizzlies split their four meetings in the regular season, each winning both of their home games. Both teams have good home court advantages, and this is huge in the playoffs.

They’re two things of note in this series. (1) The youth and inexperience of the Grizzlies compared to the experience of the Spurs. (2) The size of the Grizzlies compared to the outside shooting of the Spurs.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are very good rebounders and score well in the paint, these two will need to have a huge series to beat the Spurs. The Spurs need Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to play they did in the beginning of the season.

In this series the Grizzlies will miss their best player, Rudy Gay, this will be the reason they will eventually bow out.

Spurs in Six

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (7) New Orleans Hornets

The Lakers are quite happy about this matchup. The Hornets were a surprise throughout the season and have done well to make the playoffs.

This is a mismatch, with David West out it’s difficult to see how the Hornets will score enough points to beat the Lakers. There’s a reason why the Lakers won all four meetings in the regular season. The Lakers are simply too big and talented for the Hornets, even with Andrew Bynum being hurt.

One major advantage the Hornets do have is the PG. Chris Paul is arguably the best PG in basketball while the Lakers weakest position is the Point Guard. The Lakers struggle with fast/quick PGs, and Chris Paul definitely falls into that category. Chris Paul is the only player in NBA history to average over 20 points and 10 assists in the playoffs.

This series should be a sweep, but the Lakers are notorious slow starters in the playoffs. The Hornets will probably steal a game at home.

Lakers in Five

(3) Dallas Mavericks vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers

This is an intriguing matchup. Most pundits have the Blazers winning this series, but somehow they call it an upset, weird. The Blazers are the team which the top seeds wanted to avoid.

The Blazers offer matchup problems for the Mavs because of their athleticism. The Mavs cannot guard LaMarcus Aldridge. On defense, the Blazers are able to switch on pick-and-rolls. The Blazers are able to throw multiple bodies at Dirk Nowitzki on defense.

The Mavs have a lot of playoff experience, but haven’t had much success in the playoffs since their 2006 NBA Finals collapse. The Mavs are a very deep team like the Blazers, so the bench will be key in the series. However, benches in the playoffs, typically produce a lot better at home than they do on the road which benefits the Mavs due to they home-court advantage for this series.

If Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez play well and score, the Blazers will win this series. However, neither player has been consistent throughout the season so there is no reason to believe that they will in the playoffs.

The Mavs are overdue for a series win. And for all the talk about the Mavs underperforming in the playoffs, the Blazers have a longer drought when it comes to winning a playoff series.

Mavs in 7

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Denver Nuggets

4/5 matchups always bring intrigue. This series is no different. The Thunder have the two best players in the series, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Nuggets are a very different team now after the Carmelo Anthony trade, it’s unknown whether it’s for the better or not though.

The Nuggets are probably the deepest team in the NBA, being two deep at every position. The Nuggets have more scoring options than the Thunder, but they don’t have anyone near the level of the Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

This series will be a back and forth series with great athletes on both sides. However, when the game slows down in the 4th quarter, the question is raised, which team is better equipped to succeed. I see this as being the difference in the series. This is where a go-to guy is invaluable. The Nuggets lack a go-to which will cause them issues in close games.

Thunder in Five

Western Conference Semis

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

This has the chance at being a great postseason series. The Thunder have become a better team since acquiring Kendrick Perkins while the Spurs haven’t been nearly as good since the All-Star Break.

Both of these teams have multiple scoring options, but the Thunder’s Durant and Westbrook are better than any combination the Spurs have to offer. A key in this series though will be which team can find a third and fourth scoring option to support their main guys.

This is where Tim Duncan and James Harden come into play. If Duncan establishes himself in the post, the Spurs will be in great shape. However, Kendrick Perkins is one of the best, if not the best, post defender in the league which gives the Thunder an advantage.

I don’t see how the Spurs will beat the Thunder four times. Durant and Westbrook will be too much for the Spurs to handle, but the Spurs are warriors and will make the series competitive.

Thunder in Six

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks

This is a tough matchup for the Mavs. The Lakers have a size advantage over the Mavs, and more important for the Lakers the Mavs don’t have the squad which brings forth the Lakers biggest issue, the Point Guard spot.

Jason Kidd is a great player, but he’s not as fast/quick as he used to be and doesn’t drive into the paint. Without a PG driving into the paint continuously, the Lakers will be able to use their overwhelming size and wear down the Mavs. Dirk and Jason Terry will get their numbers, but it’s hard to see the Mavs scoring enough points to prevail.

In addition, the fact that Caron Butler is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL hurts the Mavs tremendously on both the offensive and defensive end. Offensively speaking, Butler can average in the high teens. And more importantly defensively, he can guard Kobe Bryant who is one of the great players in the history of the game. Without Butler, the Mavs don’t match up well Kobe.

With Butler, it would be a close series. Butler is out though, so this will end early.

Lakers in Five

Western Conference Finals

(2) Lakers vs. (4) Thunder

This will be a great series. It has the up and coming Thunder butting heads with the two-time defending champion Lakers. It has two of the elite players in the NBA, Kobe vs Durant. It has the up and coming coach, Scott Brooks, against the coach with the most rings ever.

via Onemanfastbreak

Both of these teams have significant advantages over the other. The Lakers are a better defensive team, have a lot more experience, and their “bigs” are more offensively skilled than the Thunder’s. The Thunder have the more athletic team and have an elite PG, the position which causes the Lakers the most problems.

Both benches don’t offer much of a scoring punch with the exception of Lamar Odom for the Lakers and James Harden for the Thunder.

The Thunder traded for bigger, stronger players to matchup with the Lakers in the playoffs. We’ll see if this is for naught.

A Phil Jackson coached team has never lost a series after winning game one. Game one of this series would be in LA, I don’t see the Thunder taking game one and since I am a stickler for history this provides a major advantage for the Lakers.

Lakers in 7

So there I have it, the Lakers vs. the Bulls in the NBA Finals.

Stephen A. Smith, Please Come Back!

After watching basketball today on ABC with Hubie Brown providing color commentary, unfortunately, for the Bulls/Magic game, I thought there is something missing. What’s missing? Stephen A. Smith on television.

Stephen A. Smith had his own show on ESPN called Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, as well as being one of the NBA analysts on ESPN. Sadly, he left the ESPN network in 2009 due to contract issues and he’s sorely missed.

Smith offers quite insightful analysis on the NBA plus he has great energy and is quite funny at times with his rants.

Here are a few clips (Via Youtube) of some of my favorite Stephen A. Smith moments.

1. Smith’s reaction to the Pau Gasol trade in which calls Kwame Brown a glorified scrub. Hilarious

2. Smith and Bill Walton arguing during the All-Star Celebrity Game where he states Walton is “appalled about everything”

3. Smith arguing with a caller on his radio show. He mocks the man multiple times, funny as hell.

Those are three that I found randomly. There are plenty more for you to look at online if you want.

Smith is currently on Fox Sports, but I don’t watch that. Help bring back Stephen A. Smith to ESPN!