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Couch Side Podcast Episode 52: Final Four Preview


Find out in this week's episode who Couch Side has winning it all in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Photo by: Jason Helle / Flickr

Find out in this week’s episode who Couch Side has winning it all in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Photo by: Jason Helle / Flickr

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In the 52nd episode of Couch Side, hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul talk a lot of hoops. Special guest and senior blogger Matthew Vinsko joins the podcast this week to discuss his win in Couch Side’s All-Time NBA Fantasy Draft and he sticks around to banter about the NBA playoff picture. Then, Craig and Wade preview the Final Four and give their predictions of who will reign supreme on the college hardwood in 2013. The hosts wrap up this week’s show with headlines from around the NFL, many of which have to deal with quarterbacks finding new homes. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast:

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NBA Power Rankings Week 14: Race to the break


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week 14) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. San Antonio Spurs (2) – The Spurs won their 2 games this week against the Bobcats and the Wizards. That marks 10 wins in a row for them, and a 38-11 record, which is best in the league. Tim Duncan left the game against the Wizards so hopefully that isn’t too serious.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (1) – Oklahoma has lost 2 of their last 3 games. They lost to the Lakers and to the Cavs. They have 3 games this week and I believe they should rebound and come away with 3 wins.

3. L.A. Clippers (3) – Lob city is just 5-5 their last 10 games. They have 7 of their next 8 games on the road. They need to finish these next two weeks strong going into the All-Star break to keep a safe distance between them and Denver, Memphis, and Golden State.

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Eastern Conference

1. Miami Heat (1) – The Heat are just 6-4 their last 10 games, and they have lost 2 out of their last 3. The Heat have 7 games before the All-Star break, with a big week next week. They play the Lakers, Portland, and the Thunder before heading to Houston for All-Star weekend.

2. New York Knicks (2) – The Knicks are on a bit of a role. They have won 4 games in a row and have pulled even with the Heat again. They only have 5 games before the break and only of those games is against a quality opponent.

3. Brooklyn Nets (3) – With a win against Chicago on Friday keeps Brooklyn in the number 3 spot. 4 out of their remaining 6 games before the break are against quality opponents.

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NBA Power Rankings Week 12: Knicks get nipped


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week 12) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (3) – Oklahoma is back on top of west with the best record in the NBA. They sit at 28-8, they went 3-1 this week with a bad loss to Washington. But even with that loss on a buzzer beater, they clearly are the best team in the association.
  2. L.A. Clippers (1) – The Clippers are the only other team with less than 10 losses, their record is 28-9. They had an easy week with only two games and still managed to loose at home against the Magic who had lost 10 straight games at the time.
  3. San Antonio Spurs (2) – Although the Spurs went 1-2 with a bad loss to New Orleans and a tough loss to Memphis, I still believe they are the third best team in the West.

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Eastern Conference

  1. Indiana Pacers (3) – The Pacers are definitely playing the best basketball in the East right now. They are 8-2 their last 10 games which is way better than Miami or New York. New York is 4-6 and Miami is 5-5.
  2. Miami Heat (2) – The Heat are the best team in the East, but like I said last week their season has been a disappointment so far. They have a tough schedule this week with three west coast road games.
  3. New York Knicks (1) – New York had a rough week losing to Boston, Indiana, and Chicago. They did beat New Orleans on Sunday, but who cares really. They will be fine. I think they just have some adjusting to do to make STAT effective.

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NBA Power Rankings Week 11: Pacers race toward the top


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week 11) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. L.A. Clippers (2) – I have Lob City at the top spot this week because they never got their credit for winning 17 straight games before losing to Denver on Tuesday. They went undefeated in the month of December. The Clippers have arguably the best bench in the league, they have just two games this week, which I believe they should win. Prediction Clippers and Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

2. San Antonio Spurs (3) – The Spurs had themselves a nice seven game winning streak that ended in New York on Thursday, they have two tough games this week against the Lakers and the Grizzlies.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (1) – I moved the Thunder down to the third spot this week because of their loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday. The game was in Oklahoma, and the way Brooklyn was struggling at the time, there is no way the Thunder should have lost that game.

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Eastern Conference

1. New York Knicks (1) – The Knicks stay at the top of the East at least for one more week. They have a better road record than Miami who sits just 1 game above .500, and they have won two in a row while snapping San Antonio’s 7 game winning streak.

2. Miami Heat (2) – I am definitely disappointed in the Heat. They are 7-6 on the road. I say they are simply lucky so far to be able to play a lot of games at home. If they had the Nuggets schedule no way they are sitting at 22-9.

3. Indiana Pacers (8) – Indiana moves up to the third spot. They are 7-3 which is tied for the best 10 game record. They only allow 89.8 points per games which is second in the league only to Memphis. I see this transitioning well to playoffs, and maybe their defense could be their ticket to the Eastern Conference finals.

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NBA Power Rankings (Week Six): Running of the Bulls


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week six) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. Oklahoma City Thunder (2) – The Thunder continue to improve. Kevin Martin is basically giving the Thunder what James Harden did. I think their biggest weakness is their rebounding; Durant shouldn’t be their leading rebounder. They are hot, winning their last 8 games.

2. San Antonio Spurs (3) – San Antonio has won their last four games with a solid win against Memphis. They also have the best road record in the NBA with 10 wins already; the next best team on the road has seven wins.

3. Memphis Grizzlies (1) – The Grizzlies have lost two out of their last four games. They lost to San Antonio and Atlanta. Zack Randolph is ballin out of control, he could be in the MVP talk at the end of the year.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Western Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Eastern Conference

1. New York Knicks (1) – New York is for real, they were able to beat the Heat by 20 points without Melo. I only have one concern for the Knicks — they shoot a lot of three’s. They were the first team in the history of the league to attempt 40 three-pointers in 2 consecutive games. At some point, I think this could hurt them somewhere along the way.

2. Miami Heat (2) – Miami still sits at No 2 because of their loss to the Knicks. I still think that Miami is going to win the East, but they are getting everybody’s A game simply because they are the Champs. On a side note, D-Wade is starting to look old.

3. Atlanta Hawks (4) – Hotlanta is 9-1 their last 10 games. They have won three games in a row, and they sit half a game behind Miami in the Southeast Division. They will be a tough match up for anybody in the playoffs.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Eastern Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page


NBA Power Rankings: Week Four


BY JORDAN WHEELER, Couchsideshow.com blogger

NBA Power Rankings (week four) are organized with this week’s ranking, the team and last week’s ranking in parenthesis. 

Western Conference

1. Memphis Grizzlies (1) – Memphis is going to stay at the top of my power rankings this week. They are the hottest team in the league going 9-1 their last 10 games, with a loss to Denver. 4 of their starters are averaging 15 points, and Zach Randolph is averaging an amazing 5 offensive rebounds a game. That is a lot of extra possessions to get points on the board.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (4) – The Thunder are starting to mesh better after the roster shake up at the beginning of the year. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games with a nice win against the Clippers this week.

3. San Antonio Spurs (2) – The Spurs won two tough road games this week, one at Boston and one at Indiana. The have 6 guys who are averaging around 10 points a game. They use their bench more than anybody in league that should help those old legs of their stars stay fresh.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Western Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page

Eastern Conference

1. New York Knicks (1) – The Knicks are still on top of the East. They had two road losses this week but I’m not ready to move them down. I really like how they are playing, and I believe they are the Heat’s biggest threat.

2. Miami Heat (2) – The Heat are number 2 because they have one loss against their own conference. New York and Miami each are undefeated at home, they each are 4-3 on the road, and undefeated in their own divisions. New York however is 6-0 in the East compared to 5-1 for Miami.

3. Brooklyn Nets (3) – The Nets went 2-2 this week. I am a little concerned about the Nets. Brook Lopez is their leading scorer. I believe that needs to change for them to be a contender. Joe Johnson should be that guy. They also need to become a better rebounding team.

READ MORE: For rankings 4-8 and Eastern Conference teams on the bubble, visit Couch Side’s NBA Power Rankings Page