We are down to the final four teams in this bracket madness. Carl and I obviously did a good job of seeding these teams as the top 3 seeds are all in, as well as #5 Chicago, who eliminated #4 Seattle. Time to get down to it. But first, as always, if you need a refresher on the rules or whatnot, Part One is here. You can also check out the full rosters on our Twitter (@Sportcodex). Let’s get onto the semifinals.
1. Golden State Warriors vs 5. Chicago Bulls
It’s pretty crazy to think that a team with Michael Jeffrey Jordan aka the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball is an underdog but just look at this Dubs team; the greatest shooter of all-time Steph Curry; Penny Hardaway; the underarm bandit Rick Barry; the greatest dunker of all-time Vince Carter; the 100-point man Wilt Chamberlain; and just a guy named Klay Thompson as their sixth man. That’s a hell of a squad. The Bulls are no slouches though. Derrick Rose, MJ, Jimmy Butler, Elton Brand, Joakim Noah and LaMarcus Aldridge. Not a bad squad itself. This is gonna be a tight one.
2. Milwaukee Bucks vs 3. Los Angeles Lakers
The big matchups aren’t just limited to the first one either. The Bucks have the reigning two-time MVP Giannis, Alex English, Dr. J, Dirk and just the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Add to him Sidney Moncrief off the bench and this is a formidable team. Despite being the lower seed, I think it’s impossible to call the Lakers underdogs here. I think they’re just…equaldogs? Yeah, that works. The Lakers have the greatest point guard of all-time in Magic Johnson, the Logo Jerry West, Big Game James Worthy, who is so good he has kept that nickname out of LeBron’s hands, arguably the most underrated player of all-time in Elgin Baylor, Marc Gasol and Gail Goodrich as the sixth man. I feel like this one might head to a tiebreaker or two.
There are the matchups. Who you got? I’m gonna struggle to keep my “never bet against MJ” rule going here, that’s how tight these matchups are. Thanks for reading along and keep it locked on the Sportcodex Twitter to catch the polls, and be sure to vote.