Apr 23, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; After 35 NBA seasons in New Jersey the Nets are playing their last game at the Prudential Center before moving to Brooklyn. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Red, White, and Blue Playoff Preview

Well the season is over. We’ve been watching these six teams all season: Sixers, Nets, Hawks, Pistons, Clippers, and Wizards. There are rumors or really “leaks” that the Nets’ new color scheme (or at least their new logo) is White and Black. If this is the case, then the Nets are officially out of our little group. But we won’t really find out until April 30th. And I like to wait until the official word.

Do me a favor: Read the title of the post again. Red, White, and Blue rhymes with Playoff Preview. You are suppose to like that. Thank you.

Only 3 teams have made the playoffs: Sixers, Clippers, and Hawks. Sixers will face the Bulls, Clippers will face the Grizzlies, and Hawks face the Celtics. Here’s a small preview of each match-up. We’ll go by best record so Clippers first.

Clippers vs Grizzlies

Season match-up: 2-1 Clippers

FanSided Sites: Clippers (none for the Grizzlies)

Clippers have won by an average of 4 points after the 3 games. But, Grizzlies have been hot recently and Clippers are 5th seed vs 4th seed Grizzlies. The way I see it, I think the Grizzlies’ depth will come in handy. Clippers will miss Billups’ playoff play. I see Grizzlies winning the rebounding battle. While Chris Paul is the best player in this series, it won’t be enough. And the Clippers haven’t been getting much help from players like Caron Butler and new guy Nick Young. Young was brought on to provide a scoring spark at the two because Billups went down with his injury. Again, Clippers have Chris Paul. Paul is one of those guys that can make an impact in any area of the game. That should keep the Clippers competitive. I see Grizzlies winning in 6 games.

Hawks vs Celtics

Season match-up: 2-1 Celtics

FanSided Sites: Celtics Hawks

So…during their meetings they have both scored 86.3 ppg. So you can say things were close. This is shaping up to be what might be the most interesting 1st round match-up in the East. Hawks would be at a disadvantage in terms of big men. They recently lost Zaza Pachulia as well as Horford at the beginning of the season. Injuries are a concern for both sides. I would imagine whoever won this series would probably be worn out for round 2. But, who’s going to round 2? Both teams seem to be evenly matched. Wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to 7 games. Again, it comes down to who can stay healthy. I’d give the advantage to Hawks but the big man issues are there. I still want to give it to Hawks though. Hawks in 7.

Sixers vs Bulls

FanSided Sites: You’re already here for Sixers. Bulls

Sixers have had what we call the tale of two seasons. They went 20-9 and things were looking great. Then, something happen. Whatever. Call me crazy, but I think the 20-9 team will return for the playoffs. Sixers, for some reason unknown, are one of the best at defensive rebounding while Bulls are one of the best in offensive rebounding. Something’s gotta give right? If the Sixers can slow down Rose enough, they have a chance. Injuries are a small factor for the Bulls. Don’t think Sixers can pull off an upset. But again, I think the 20-9 Sixers will return. And, in that case, I have to go with 4-2 Bulls. This means that Sixers could steal a game on the road. Or maybe two in a row at home (doubt it). In any case, I think it’ll be better than what I’ve thought it would be. Still wish they didn’t make the playoffs though. Oh well, we’re here and I gotta cheer on my boys now.

So farewell to the Nets. And also do you remember my “NBA 2K12 Season” posts, or whatever I called them? During the lockout? Anyway, I’m doing it again for the playoffs. I know right? Crazy. It won’t be here though; it’ll be a my site National Sixers. But look, The Sixer Sense is the place you want to go for great Sixers playoff coverage. I’m in the world of fantasy folks. See ya around and go Sixers!

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