When the basketball world learned that James Harden and the Houston Rockets would face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round, it became inevitable that the MVP race would be distorted by the results of the series. If the Rockets lost, Harden would be considered a perennial choker who continually disappears in the playoffs. If the Thunder lost, Westbrook would be viewed as a selfish ball hog unable to lead a team without Durant, Ibaka, or Harden. Well I’m here to say that this playoff series should not define Westbrook or Harden’s seasons, and that Russell’s record-breaking performance should place him first in this year’s MVP voting.
The first round of this year’s NHL playoffs are over, and only 8 teams remain. Western Conference upsets have massively reshaped the landscape of this year’s hunt for the cup, and the Fourth String team is here to preview every matchup heading into the second round! Continue reading “NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Second Round Conference Semifinals”
The Chicago Blackhawks scored only 3 goals against the Nashville predators, becoming the first #1 seed to be swept by a WC2 seed. What caused such a high-ranked team to fall apart so spectacularly in the playoffs? Continue reading “How the Predators Shocked and Swept the Blackhawks”
Seemingly unable to wait until the offseason, the New York Knicks decided to show off their top-to-bottom organizational dysfunction this week. Pushing to trade Carmelo Anthony, fighting with their fans, angering Kristaps Porzingis, and getting into disputes with the NBA Player’s Association all in only one week. What is going on in Madison Square Garden?
Be ready before the first puck drops: The Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight, so we complete our Stanley Cup preview today by examining the Western Conference teams and matchups.
The matchups are set, the skates are sharpened, and the teams are ready: The Stanley Cup playoffs are finally upon us, and the 4th String team is here to preview everything before the puck hits the ice. First up: the Eastern Conference.
On March 22nd, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres. In the process, Sidney Crosby lost two of his front teeth and scared Penguins fans who have seen virtually their entire starting lineup lost to injuries. Now, Crosby is showing how great he really is by dragging an AHL lineup to the NHL playoffs.