NBA Playoff Predictions

The Revolving Door

Spurs vs Trail Blazers

Bigs:  Toss-up

Both teams are loaded up front.  Lamarcus Aldridge was the first round’s most impressive player averaging 30 and 11 while Robin Lopez put on a defensive showcase against the Rockets.  The ageless Tim Duncan is still doing his thing, quietly averaging 17 and 8 in round one and Splitter looked like Bill Walton for a few moments in Game 5 against Dallas.  Watch from 2:45 on.

Guards:  Advantage Spurs

Right now Damian Lillard is the league’s most dangerous player in crunch time.

Even though Lillard is making the leap to superstardom, the Spurs have the edge with future Hall of Famer’s Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.  The Blazers won’t be able to stop this.

Bench:  Advantage Spurs

The Spurs have the league’s best bench anchored by Ginobili.  On the other side, the Trail Blazer’s biggest weakness is their bench and Mo Williams is their…

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Moving up in life!

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_DSC4308_09_10 Steps on the River Walk, San Antonio. Please click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr.

HDR of a set of steps leading from the River Walk to the city above. San Antonio, Texas. Photos taken at -2, 0 and +2 stops, then merged and processed in Photomatix Pro.

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Moen, Murray, Reno, and Finally Saturday Night

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Written By: Iain Carnegie, BBBR

Today saw the Montréal Canadiens on the ice for an optional skate at Complexe Sportif Bell in Brossard.

Alex Galchenyuk skated alone again as he continues to recover from a lower body injury. There is still no timeline for his actual return.

Those taking part on the ice this morning were forwards Brandon Prust, Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, Travis Moen, Michael Bournival, Ryan White and George Parros. Also goalies Dustin Tokarski and Peter Budaj, as well as defencemen Josh Gorges, Alexei Emelin, Francis Bouillon, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray and Jarred Tinordi.

Coach Michel Therrien would only say for certain that Rene Bourque will be in the lineup tonight after being sidelined with flu symptoms on Monday. He did not affirm any other line changes.

“You’ll know my lineup only tonight,” ~ M. Therrien

However it does look like Travis Moen will step into Brandon…

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Minnesota Wild will try to use home ice to their advantage

For The Win

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The Minnesota Wild will rely on the Xcel Energy Center tonight to get back in the series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild have been a so-so road team (going 17-17-7) this season, but a 26-10-5 home record helped them clinch a playoff spot for the second year in a row.

The difference has been more pronounced in the postseason, where the Wild were 3-0 at home and 1-5 on the road.

The main reason is that coach Mike Yeo can get the matchups he wants at home. Defenseman Ryan Suter averages 29 minutes a game, but there were plenty of times in the first round that Colorado Avalanche coach of the year finalist Patrick Roy was able to get rookie sensation Nathan MacKinnon away from Suter more when the games were in Denver. As a result, MacKinnon had 10 points in his first three home games and…

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