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April 20, 2013

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NBA Playoff Predictions

The NBA playoffs kickoff today with the Celtics playing at the Knicks (3:00 p.m.). Here’s a look at how the Gloucester Daily Times sports staff thinks the playoffs will unfold.

Nick Curcuru

:First Round East: Miami over Milwaukee, New York over Boston, Indiana over Atlanta in six, Chicago over Brooklyn in five.

:East Finals: Miami over Indiana in four.

:First Round West: Oklahoma City over Houston, San Antonio over Los Angeles Lakers, Denver over Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers over Memphis.

:West Finals: Oklahoma City over Denver in six.

:Finals: Miami over Oklahoma City in six. It’s tough to swallow in Boston, but there isn’t a team in the NBA that has anything to offer Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Wake me up after they four-peat.

Conor Walsh

:First Round East: Miami over Milwaukee, Boston over New York, Indiana over Atlanta, Chicago over Brooklyn.

:East Finals: Miami over Indiana in six.

:First Round West: Oklahoma City over Houston, San Antonio over Los Angeles Lakers, Denver over Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers over Memphis.

:West Finals: Oklahoma City over Denver in seven.

:Finals: Miami over Oklahoma City. Durant and the Thunder fall short against Lebron and the Heat again.

Out of gas

This is the moment the Celtics have been waiting for since November, the playoffs. Boston usually thrives in the postseason even when it looks shaky during the regular season.

This year, however, the Celtics run of playoff success comes to an end. Sure Boston has a better chance of beating the Knicks than probably any other top five seed in the East. But simply put the Celtics are too old and the Knicks are too athletic.

Boston hangs tough but it has no answer for Carmello Anthony and Tyson Chandler. Knicks in seven, let’s start the rebuilding process.

On the Air

Gloucester softball/basketball captain Sophie Black will be appearing on North Shore 104.9’s North Shore Sports Desk this morning (8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) as the North Shore Student Athlete of the Week.

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