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MIT’s Interruption

By Eric Rosenblatt

COLUMNIST

Welcome to everything sports in this new column keeping you posted on what’s hot and what’s not (aside from the Red Sox) in the way of the primetime American sports. This does not include golf; I would prefer if ‘Tiger’ didn’t show up every sixth word.

NBA playoffs in the east

The NBA playoffs are right around the corner, which means Jordan is getting antsy. Now only a game out of the last spot in the East, the Wizards are looking like they may take the Bucks, who still seem to be searching for an identity after their trade for Payton. The Magic are also not a sure thing, now only a half-game up on the Bucks. They have a tough end-of-season schedule and rely heavily on TMac, who has been every fantasy NBA players’ fantasy this season but has had to do it all alone. However, the trade for Giricek and Gooden has strengthened their team and has taken some of the pressure off TMac (although less pressure means scoring 30 instead of 38 to have a shot at a win).

My Take: TMac and Jordan pull it through; Payton eats cheese all summer in Milwaukee.

Moving west

To the West we go, where, dare I say it, the Warriors are in the playoff hunt. They have a group of young guns who are motivated and eager to show their skills, probably so that they can leave the Warriors. They play a similar style of energetic basketball that the Clippers had last year (it seems this year the Clips have decided on a season of humiliation = LeBron) which has resulted in surprising wins and a possible playoff berth. The Warriors are battling the Rockets and the Suns for the last playoff spot, two teams who also rely on their young guns for wins: Yao in Houston and Amare in Phoenix. Yao is not very consistent, however, as he continues to adapt to the American style of play. Until he adds power to his finesse game, Steve Franchise will have to continue hitting buzzer-beater after buzzer-beater. The Suns look solid with Marbury and Marion putting up good numbers every night.

My Take: Warriors don’t make it; they are after all the Warriors. Amare gets rookie of the year.