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The NBA Playoff Teams Are Set!

Following last night’s slate of NBA games all 16 playoff spots have been locked up and a bunch of former Cats will be making some noise this May. The only question now is where the teams will finish and what teams the Cats will face for a playoff run:

Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson: Eastern Conference 3-seed Toronto Raptors

Chuck Hayes: 4th playoff appearance, 1st with Raptors

Patrick Patterson: 1st playoff appearance.

The young Raptors are here and ahead of schedule as they need just one more win to lock up the third seed. Toronto will bring a core of players making their playoffs debut and Patrick Patterson is chief among them. Pat’s numbers have fallen back a bit since going down to injury in March but I expect he will be ready to play in his first playoff run. Former Cat and head coach Dwayne Casey will have his work cut out for him if the Raptors have to take on the Heat in the second round but let’s not overlook the Wizards.

Nazr Mohammed and the 4th seeded Chicago Bulls

Marquis Teague and the 5-6 seed Brooklyn Nets

John Wall and the 6-7 seed Washington Wizards

MKG and the 6-7 seed Charlotte Bobcats

Currently the Wizards are tangled with the Bobcats in a battle for the 6 or 7 seeds in the East with the Nets controlling their own destiny for the fifth seed. Teague got some playoff experience last year with the Bulls but for Wall and Kidd-Gilchrist this will be their first appearance in the playoffs. The former Cats may not make much noise this season but the future is bright for these young players. Also don’t forget about former Cat Frank Vogel who led the Pacers to the top seed in the East.

In the West:

Terrance Jones and the 4th seeded Houston Rockets

After a strong start to the season the Phoenix Suns fizzled down the stretch and now Terrance Jones is the lone Cat who will be playing in the West. Jones has been an revelation in Houston this season averaging 12 points per game with Dwight Howard drawing the defensive gameplan.  The Rockets could take on the Spurs in the opening round with a chance to steal a spot in the finals due to Tony Parker’s recent back injury. Could be a very wild west this summer.

 

Which former Cat will you be pulling for during this playoff run?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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25 Comments for The NBA Playoff Teams Are Set!



  1. Brad in Portland
    9:04 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Houston plays Portland in the first round.



  2. Jwall
    9:06 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Terrence. He played here for two years peeps



    • Miss Nomer
      9:11 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      by that logic shouldn’t you be pulling for PPat?



    • Cincy Cayt
      9:24 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      Might be referring to the misspelling



  3. Bluecat44
    9:09 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    What about Tay?



  4. Zeebo Loves Tayshaun
    9:16 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Come on, please don’t forget about the Grizzzzzzz.

    Besides Tayshaun, you can see that NBA officials will let players foul someone incessantly just like NCAA officials allowed on Randle. If you don’t believe me, just watch Zach Randolph and see how similar their games are, complete with all the fouling by the defenders. Randle is more an above the rim player, but Zeebo is a lot of fun to watch.



  5. Andy
    9:16 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Tayshaun Prince



  6. clueless
    9:18 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    how can you write for a UK sports blog, create a column about the UK players on NBA teams that made the playoffs, and leave someone off?

    Memphis made the playoffs. Tayshaun Prince plays for Memphis.



  7. Get your sh*t together
    9:30 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    How u gonna forget tayshaun prince dude? If that’s the best u got, maybe try something else.



  8. NBA is boring
    9:35 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Batcats do it again and little brother goes down harder than sypher in a table for 4.



  9. unbelievable
    9:55 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    I can’t believe that Andrue Cassity still can’t spell Terrence’s name correctly. I wonder if he is the same person that keeps misspelling Randle as Randall in the comments section?



  10. Trevor2390
    9:56 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    You forgot the guy who won a championship in Detroit and will likely be chasing Kevin Durant around in the 1st round.



  11. BNClay
    10:11 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Toronto has to be BBNs favorite team. Since the Pelicans are out.



  12. Kev
    10:17 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    We can’t even spell TJ’s name right on a KY site? $heeeeet son.



  13. JT
    10:23 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Tayshaun Prince, Grizzlies. Everyone forgets him. Irritates me.



  14. jack
    10:42 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    how can you forget tayshaun prince?



  15. Bradinmississippi
    11:08 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    What about the NBA champion Tayshaun Prince???



  16. Questions
    11:31 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    How can the bulls only be listed at the 4 seed, nets be 5-6 seed and wiz/bobcats 6-7 seed. Shouldn’t someone team conceivably be the 5th seed also if the nets can be the 6th. Sloppy writing.



    • Haha
      8:32 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Wiz are a 5-6 no chance of 7.



  17. stevieb
    11:43 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Isn’t Duane Casey that assistant coach we had under Sutton that sent Chris Mills the $1K in the mail and got us on probation?



  18. TERRENCE is how it is spelled
    8:46 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    That is all. Thank you.



  19. Do you watch basketball?
    8:59 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Never write another post.

    Just because he didn’t play for Calipari, Prince cannot be left out. He is a fan favorite.
    &
    After spelling it wrong on multiple occasions and getting ripped apart in the comments section, one would think that you would figure out how to spell Terrence, who helped us win a championship two years ago.



  20. terrEnce you write about UK basketball you should know how to spell his name
    9:27 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Cmon man



  21. spookykim
    1:25 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    I’ll be pulling for the Raptors with 2 of my favorite players — Patrick & the Chuckwagon. Btw, where’s our Big Blue Madness countdown clock? Can’t wait until next season!