Playoffs: Yes or No?

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The season’s over now, and I’ve got a chronicle of the trials that lead to game 82. Also, did we make the playoffs? Let’s find out.

nba2k12 2011-10-20 23-12-00-27Game one was in Dallas and we got walloped. My shot was not falling again and Dirk was able to have his way with me. The big problem though was Nate Robinson hitting five threes. So we’re sitting at the seven spot in the east right now. Next, the Mavs come to New York.

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Shawn Marion just wished I would go guard someone else, so I did.

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Picked off!

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He… could.. go.. all.. the… way!

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Wham with the right hand! I just ripped off two sports announcers (you probably got one of them, but likely not the other) but I don’t care. Slam dunk!

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This time, thanks to my hustle, defense and rebounding, we beat the Mavericks to stay at the seven spot.

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Next up was Detroit, the team directly behind us in the standings. This was for our playoff lives!

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Unfortunately, our playoff hopes may have died here. I shot ok, but I couldn’t get a single rebound and that lack of ball control cost us. Now we’re eights in the eastern conference standings.

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Boston game to town next, and I did a number on Garnett.

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It wasn’t just on offense either, I held him to six points and scored 14 myself.

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Surely we can hold on to this lead, right?

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No. We couldn’t. We just imploded late, and I couldn’t hit a single shot in the 4th quarter. We also lost the handle on the ball over like it was a greased pig, especially Billups. Now we’re out of the playoffs. Damn it all.

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Next up was New Jersey. We had to win this – we had to. I picked Chris Humphries pocket here.

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And we’re off to the races again.

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Kaboom!

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We hit the Nets hard, but if one shot shows why we won, it’s the following one.

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It was all about getting Pierce open for threes because he was red hot. I scored 10 and shot just under 50% in the win. Next was out last ‘key game,’ and it was against the Heat, who we’ve beaten every time we’d met this season.  Let’s go for the sweep!

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Freaking FINALLY my shot was falling. I scored 16 points on 57% shooting.

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Bosh wasn’t much resistance, and I easily spun off of him or got him in the air with pump fakes.

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We win! I forgot to check our standings after this game, and simmed the last two to get to the playoffs.

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Huh- wha?! 4th seed??? We must have won our division. So from out of the playoffs to 4th seed in three games? That’s how quickly things can turn I guess. Unfortunately this ragtag bunch would have been better served to not go to the playoffs. We’re not a good team and don’t play well together.

Even so, we did make it, and we’re facing LeBron, Wade and the Heat. Wish me luck!

- Bud Daniel

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