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2 ‘offs Teams Cities Being “Off’d,” Only The 6 To One “Semis” Underdog Celtics Remain

May 17, 2017

There were four cities with teams in both the NHL and NBA ‘offs. Only one of the eight teams, the Boston Celtics, six to one “semis” underdogs to the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, are still playing, as their “semi” begins tonight in Boston.

Yes, (Marv Albert’s emphatic “Yes” did not do it for me, but he is a great basketball broadcaster and I hope and think he is the TNT broadcaster for this “semi”)  despite home advantage, the Cavs are huge series favorites, 4 point game 1 favorites and one would think no, certainly not many, teams without home advantage have ever been such prohibitive favorites in NBA annals.

The other Boston 2017 winter sports (they determine the league titles, far too close to summer), the Bruins were ousted in six games in the prelims by the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa went on to “6” the Rangers and are tied (1-1) in their semi vs the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Both Chicago ‘offs teams lost in the first round, the West top seed and ’10, 13 and ’15 title winning Blackhawks in 4 straight to the Nashville Predators, while after winning the first two games in Boston, the Bulls lost the next four to lose the series vs the Celtics  in six games.

Nashville won its “qtr” in six vs St. Louis (Blues) and riding Roman Josi’s  third period, game 3 winning goal at home, where they are (6-0) in these ‘offs and have won 10 straight ‘offs games, over the last two seasons, lead Anaheim (Ducks) two games to one. Beware “Nash” in #4, but even if the Ducks win that, it looks like “Nash”ville to the finals.

Both Washington teams were “quartered” out, the top ranked Capitals in 6 to Pittsburgh, the Wizards in an all home 7 game series vs the Celtics.

One Toronto team, the Maple Leafs fell in 6 to the Caps in the prelims while the Raptors were swept out by the Cavs.

 

Last night, Roman Osi, pictured above, had the winning goal in what was the Predators’ first home “semis” game.

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