...And this is probably why I wouldn't be able to do this for a living.
Here's the quick review of my picks, and a little bit more detail:
#1 Indiana vs #8 Atlanta: Indiana in 6 - Actual Result: Indiana in 7
It turns out that Indiana has a lot more structural issues, and Atlanta is better coached than we gave them credit for. In the end, Atlanta went cold in Game 7 on a majority of open looks that were falling earlier in the series, and Indiana did what they needed to do to advance.
#2 Miami vs #7 Charlotte: Miami in 5 - Actual Result: Miami in 4
Al Jefferson got injured in Game 1, and although he continued to play they didn't have enough to win.
#3 Toronto vs #6 Brooklyn: Brooklyn in 7 - Actual Result: Brooklyn in 7
I figured that Toronto's relative inexperience would hurt them in a long series. This series brought back the surprising return of Joe Johnson to playoff relevance.
#4 Chicago vs #5 Washington: Chicago in 6 - Actual Result: Washington in 5
I'll do a longer write up, but Washington came prepared with a better strategy and executed better throughout the series. If there was a perception that Washington would lack poise going into the playoffs, there was very little evidence of that in this series. Great start for Washington, and another disappointing playoff exit for Chicago.
#1 San Antonio vs #8 Dallas: San Antonio in 5 - Actual Result: San Antonio in 7
A fun, well-coached series as Carlisle did his best to find ways for Dallas to keep up with San Antonio. In the end, regular season San Antonio had more than enough in Game 7 to pull away.
#2 Oklahoma City vs #7 Memphis: Oklahoma City in 6 - Actual Result: Oklahoma City in 7
Who knows what might have been? OKC never looked comfortable against Memphis, but with Randolph suspended after throwing the punch on Adams, and Conley limited by a hamstring injury, would they have been able to win Game 7 in Oklahoma City?
#3 Los Angeles vs #6 Golden State: Los Angeles in 7 - Actual Result: Los Angeles in 7
Off-court issues aside, this was the high scoring affair we all expected it might be. Oddly enough, I thought that Golden State's organizational issues were more internally divisive than Los Angeles'. Los Angeles at least got to bond together over their issues.
#4 Houston vs #5 Portland: Houston in 6 - Actual Result: Portland in 7
Similar to the other 4-5 matchup, I underrated the coaching on one team. This series had some wonderful individual performances from Aldridge and Lillard. Of course, it had the fantastic end to the series:
Now what about Round 2?
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