But if you're like me and any and all teams you root for have been eliminated, you're gonna need the right inspiration to watch. Pick a team and roll with them. Who knows, maybe you'll even end up at NBAshop, buying a jersey tee. Below are the official Playing Field Blog (sponsored by Floor & Decor!) NBA playoff team rankings, in order of shit-tastic teams to the guys you should really be banging your thunder sticks to.
15. Milwaukee Bucks - Even though things tightened up a bit toward the end, the Bucks were the most 8th seed team ever for about a month. A definitive seven teams better than them and everyone else in the conference just pooing themselves in so many mangled knees and silent Kyrie Irving screams. At six games under .500, the Bucks are a mere speed bump in Miami's way and should be ousted first. Plus, Monta Ellis is supposedly an ass who is totally holding back the awesomeness of Brandon Jennings.
14. Boston Celtics - I think even Celtic fans have accepted their fate this year. In a season where I'd usually be convinced the refs and David Stern WILLED both the C's and Lake Show into the playoffs, they even know it doesn't really matter. This season is filled with such intrigue and stars that it doesn't need the old guard for ratings.
13. Memphis Grizzlies - They thrifted Rudy Gay up north, that city is a gang-infested, dated mess, and their coach's fingers are unsettling to say the least. I have no desire to see this team in any capacity, unless Beale Street reforms to the capital of Trap music instead of Blues.
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11. Chicago Bulls - Pffft. Joakim Noah is good to go for the series, but what's to see without Derrick Rose? The emergence of Jimmy Butler? Plus, it's a bit difficult for any Jordan haters to root for this team, even after the fall of His Airness. Never forget.
10. Golden State Warriors - I didn't even know the Warriors were in the playoffs until I saw the schedule. I honestly thought Portland was in. How could Portland NOT be in with that front court and ROY for-sure at the point? Man, Portland's gonna be baller next year.
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8. San Antonio Spurs - I root for the Spurs, but I'm by no means a fan of theirs if that makes sense. I love the small city atmosphere, I love the unheralded dynasty, and I love that they've completely exposed how stupid the regular season is by resting their players in shifts. I think Tim Duncan played eight games this year. But yeah, you heard me. DYNASTY. This team has set the standard for greatness over the decade but it's about time to close the door. Unless you are Tracy McGrady's mother or live in San Antonio, there's no need to see this team win it.
7. Oklahoma City Thunder - This team will have oodles of chances to come and I love how they've pretty much become the foil to LBJ's ascension to the throne, but they are still a bit premature in their reign. Also, don't forget these guys were birthed from the SuperSonics, who had several years of dominance.
6. New York Knicks - Stat of the day: today was the first time since 2001 (!!) that the Knicks have led a series. Yikes. Carmelo is the scoring champion story, and will make for a decent villain throughout, but it's not like NYC is craving for a title. Hell, even Melo won a national championship in college. I shed no tears for his no-passin' ass.
5. Indiana Pacers - RIP Danny Granger. As a kid who thought Reggie Miller was the best antithesis to MJ, I found myself rooting for him, Mark Jackson, that tall white Euro guy and all the Pacers. Plus, Pacers fans are some of the best fans in sports. They deserve a title soon, but I just don't think they have a mature, go-to guy to escape the East.
4. Houston Rockets - They've come a long way since the Yao Ming era, haven't they? They've also had to endure the Royce White saga all year, so kudos to the guys who brought in James Harden to be their new face of the franchise. Add co-pilot Jeremy Lin and the whitest-kid-u-know Chandler Parsons and you have a lovable underdog story. And if they break out the old-school cartoon Rocket for the playoffs I might love them forever.
2. Denver Nuggets - As far as legit contenders, this is a team I can get behind who I actually think stands a chance to win it. It's gonna be tough without the three point shooting and overall offense of Danilo Gallinari, but dammit if these guys aren't also fun to watch. Off the court, George Karl is one of the best coaches you can root for. He's a hard worker and a player-first guy who's a cancer survivor and volunteers with sick kids. Checkmate for any other coach still going. Also, look out for Kenneth Faried, who vacuums up rebounds with the best of 'em.
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