Play-By-Playmate: The Super-Sexy-Sensory Sports Seer

By Jaime Edmondson

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Jaime went 4-for-4 in her NBA conference semi-final picks. This week she looks to extend on her streak with her picks for the conference match-ups.


Well, well, well. Seems like someone knows a little bit about basketball.

We’re onto the conference finals and if you care to take a look at my predictions from two weeks ago, you will notice a common theme: correctness. Absolute and unabashed correctness. 

That’s right. All four teams I picked have advanced and I’ve turned into a bit of a basketball swami over the past week. I have taken in a lot of hard court action in anticipation of making more correct picks and putting my streak to the test. I’m like a super sports psychic. A hard court clairvoyant. A super-sexy-sensory sports seer.

I’m the Paul the Octopus of basketball, you know, if he wasn’t named Paul…and wasn’t an octopus…or I was an octopus?

Okay, I’m nothing like Paul the Octopus, but I am going to clean up again in this round, starting with the Spurs and the Thunder. 

Western Conference: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Before I get started here I’d just like to point out that Tim Duncan has never been left out of the playoffs. That’s 14 straight years of the Spurs in the postseason. They have been one of the best teams of the past decade and they only seem to be getting better with age. They have made it to the 2012 conference finals in the minimum number of games, sweeping aside both the Jazz and the Clippers, and they enter this series against the Thunder well rested and well oiled. 

That said, they are going up against a team essentially 10 years their junior but maybe just as good. The Thunder are the Spurs 10 years ago. They’ve got one of the best defensive big men in the game in Serge Ibaka, a bona fide scoring champion in Kevin Durant, a good play caller in Russell Westbrook and a breakout “I might go off and have a 30-point game any minute” player in James Harden. And all of them are under 23 (though James Harden looks like he might be Father Time, oldest-looking 22-year-old ever). They might not have the experience of the Spurs, but I think they’ve got the talent and I’m saying the Thunder take it in seven. 

Eastern Conference: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat

Can anyone say “Rematch”? How about “Revenge”? These two teams met up last year and the Heat sent the Celtics packing in five games. 

I don’t think they will get off as easy this time around. Without Bosh, the Heat have some serious matchup problems if Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Rondo are all on the floor at the same time. Poor LeBron and Wade won’t be able to take a second of the series off. They will have to be playing full tilt the whole time. No one else on that team seems to be able to pick up the slack consistently and they just don’t have the chemistry the Celtics have. Those guys have been playing together for five years now. They know each other’s moves inside and out, and the Heat have struggled on more than one occasion this season to get on the same page.  

Still, LBJ and Wade have been able to go off when push comes to shove and I think they’ll be able to come through when it counts, so Heat in seven seems about right. 

That leaves us with a Miami/OKC final, which I’d be more than okay with. I’d obviously be rooting for the Heat, but if you removed the hometown team factor from the equation, I’d be perfectly fine with the Thunder breaking in their up-and-coming dynasty a little early.

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