Jameer Nelson was reported telling Derrick Rose that he will be catching him in the second round. With the Atlanta Hawks eliminating the Orlando Magic, Nelson can eat his words, or should he? Atlanta Hawks PR man, Arthur Triche, decided to make good on Jameer’s statement and reserve two tickets to Game 1 in Chicago for him. Triche said the following on twitter:
“Things that make me happy about this job. Taking a page out of Jerry Glanville’s book, I think I’ll follow through on Jameer’s request to catch Derrick Rose in the 2nd round.”
The Hawks didn’t let the joke get in the way of their basketball, winning Game 1 103-95. Like the Oklahoma City Thunder the Bulls will have to just come back in Game 2 and play better. To trouble the Bulls even more the reported MVP turned his ankle in the final seconds of the game.
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The first round is all over and on this Saturday we wait for a very much anticipated second round. With all the match-ups on hand it is hard to pick an out right front runner, every series could potentially go either way.
Upsets have been a common trend in these playoffs, the Hawks and Grizzlies weren’t the obvious picks to move into the next round and it wasn’t just these two teams that exploited the flaws within the top seeds. New Orleans showed everyone that the Lakers lack a bit of toughness with their bigs and the Bulls had a lot of trouble shaking off the Pacers.
So here are some loose predictions I have for the second round:
Bulls defeat Hawks in 5
Heat defeated by Celtics in 6
Lakers defeated by Mavericks in 7
Thunder defeat Grizzlies in 6
The way things are looking the second round should be even bigger than the first, I’m excited to see some more upsets!
Until next time..