Three games are on the schedule for Wednesday evening NBA Playoff action. All three games have the potential of sending one of the teams home to play golf, watch the NHL Playoffs, attend the royal wedding, or go fishing. The elimination process claimed a victim (the Pacers) Tuesday night when the Chicago Bulls behind 25 points from Derrick Rose finally won a game with a big enough margin to avoid questions from moronic pundits.
In Wednesday's action it's the San Antonio Spurs facing a humiliating upset by the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoma City Thunder blew their chance to sweep the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 and now go home and try to finish their business. The Philadelphia 76ers needed two huge threes from Lou Williams and Jrue Holliday to avoid the sweep and now they get to go to the home of the best (worst) fans in the NBA, Miami. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and some other Heat "players" will try and close out the series and prepare for the Celtics.
The evening's first game features LeBron James' "Super Friends" team at 4:00 p.m. Arizona time on TNT. The 76ers have got to get more offense from Elton Brand and take advantage of his mismatch with whatever schlub of a center the Heat roll out. Brand is averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per game in this series. Good, but not good enough. Brand needs far more attempts than the 11.25 he's getting so far.
At 5:30 p.m. Arizona time on NBA TV the Memphis Grizzlies attempt to shock the known universe by beating the San Antonio Spurs in a one vs. eight upset. The formula for the Grizzlies is simple and shouldn't change tonight. They will look to take advantage of the aging Tim Duncan and his undersized, under-talented front court mates. Play solid defense on Manu Ginobili and get a close to even result from Tony Parker vs. Mike Conley and the Grizzlies can get it done. But don't count out the heart of an evil, soulless, black and silver former champion.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook reportedly had a heated exchange during Game 4 that mostly likely consisted of Durant explaining to Westbrook that the point guard's job isn't to shoot the ball 30 times and to follow the advise of Charles Barkley who said, "Just pass the ball, dude." Game 5 starts at 9:30 p.m. on TNT and we full expect the Denver Nuggets to get run out of the gym.