Now that the dust has finally settled in the 2013-2014 regular season and the playoff matchups are set, let’s dive into the only playoff series that will be taking place in New York, the sixth seeded Brooklyn Nets against the third seeded Toronto Raptors.
The Nets might have stumbled into the playoffs, losing four of their last five games all against sub-.500 teams, but there is no doubt that falling into a series against fellow Atlantic division member Toronto is more beneficial for the Nets than a series against the Chicago Bulls would have been.
Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) of Bloomberg Sports, Grantland, and Hardwood Paroxysm joined us today to talk about the issues in Indiana, the Knicks' playoff hopes, and whether the Nets can make a run. We also discussed UConn's win over Kentucky in the National Championship and made our picks for tonight's games.
Spero Dedes radio voice of the New York Knicks talks with Nolan Silbernagel and Mike Watts about the Knicks desperate quest for the 8th playoff seed in the Eastern Confrence. Spero breaks down Friday night's loss to Wizards and the Knicks final five regular season games. They also analyze the strong play of the Brooklyn Nets.
Neal Kendrick (@neal_kendrick) of HighHeatStats.com joined the podcast today to give his early thoughts on the 2014 MLB Season & preview a few playoff races. Plus, we talk extensively about Instant Replay and the early struggles in New York.
Steve Hirdt (@SteveHirdt), Executive Vice President of the Elias Sports Bureau & Fordham '72, joined us to talk about analytics & whether or not we're overwhelming ourselves with stats, and a crazy trend in the NBA. Plus, we preview Knicks-Nets tonight and talk about the decline of the Pacers.
Spero Dedes, WFUV alumn, radio voice of the Knicks, and NCAA Basketball Broadcaster for CBS Sports joined us today to talk both about the Knicks and the Tournament. He first discusses what Phil Jackson's first moves may be, and the time it'll take to rebuild, and also talks about very strong Michigan St & Michigan teams.
Kenny Ducey and Kevin Kelly talk to The Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) about Phil Jackson's impact on the Knicks' future, the team's relationship with media, James Dolan's image, and Michigan's chances in the NCAA Tournament. Around 33 minutes in, the guys give their picks for the tournament region-by-region.
There was a positive aura encased in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning that hadn't been detected by the millions to enter its doors over the past few years.
Reporters and cameramen who would normally dread a 10AM commute to MSG were in a cheerful mood. James Dolan was grinning. Even the coffee was good. The coffee's never good.