Episode 279 – NBA Playoff Preview

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Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam preview all 8 First Round match-ups of the NBA Playoffs! Furthermore, the guys give their predictions for each series, talk about what players they’re looking forward to watching in these Playoffs and also… Timber?

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Golden State Warriors v New Orleans Pelicans series preview

USA Today: The Brow will need to come up big this series.

USA Today: The Brow will need to come up big this series.

By Jamieson Welsh

The Playoffs have finally arrived and one of the biggest treats we get early Saturday afternoon is the best team in the league (Golden State Warriors) going against the upstart New Orleans Pelicans.

For the last few weeks a lot of the national media has been on the “jumping shooting teams can’t do anything in the Playoffs” bandwagon and personally I think the Golden State Warriors are tired of hearing it. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being the best shooting backcourt ever and you get the feel they’re on a mission this postseason and the New Orleans Pelicans are just in the way.

Now once the Pelicans clinched the eighth seed Wednesday evening, most people including myself gave them a game against the Warriors in round one projections. Now that’s not a knock on the Pelicans, but they just aren’t good enough to be able to put a scare into the Warriors at this time.

Going into game one you get the feeling the Pelicans will have that “we’re just happy to be here” look and that could spell doom from the start. Having Anthony Davis is a great luxury and he alone can keep you in a game. With Jrue Holiday back at the point guard position, the Pelicans have one of the better defensive players at that position, and that’s key going against Curry.

Oracle Arena is probably the toughest place to play in the league and the playoff crowd will be in rare for Saturday afternoon. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how Davis and the young Pelicans come out of the gate tomorrow against the Warriors.

Player to watch on both teams:

Harrison Barnes is key for the Warriors playoff run and getting him off to a good start would do wonder for his confidence going forward.

Tyreke Evans has to be playing at a consistently high level for the Pelicans to even have a chance in this series. He is one of the few perimeter playmakers the Pelicans have that can get into the paint and put pressure on the opposition.

On Saturday afternoon, I have Warriors beating the Pelicans 122-98.

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

Episode 278 – NBA 2015 Awards Winners

Getty Images: Chef Curry with the guns.

Getty Images: Chef Curry with the guns.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, after all of you hit up the website and facebook to vote for the #BTHype 2015 NBA Awards, Tom and Benyam announce the winners of all the categories: MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Quote of the Year, International Player of the Year, Mr Entertainer/League Pass Alert Player of the Year, Tool of the Year and Gee-Up of the Year. Furthermore, the guys make their All-NBA Team selections.

Thanks once again to everyone for voting!

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The Sacramento Kings take popcorning rookies’ cars to whole new level

The Sacramento Kings haven’t had much to cheer for all season, but they can sleep safe in the knowledge that they have won this season’s rookie hazing award for popcorning Nik Stauskas‘ house.

That’s right, his house. He doesn’t have a car, so naturally this is the next best thing to do is trash his house.

Check out the video below. Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans all have way too much fun spraying some delicious movie snack around the rooks crib.

At least he took it all in hi stride and had some fun with it.

Spuran Spuran drop their first track & it’s all of the Grammys

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As mentioned yesterday, Matt Bonner, Aron Baynes, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Mills and The Coyote have formed a new rock band called Spuran Spuran

Today, their first track “Spurs!” dropped!

It’s basically God’s gift to music… I don’t expect that even Kanye West will get up on stage when they win all of the Grammy Awards ever next year.

The Spurs are about to drop the greatest 80’s rock song ever… probably

Facebook: Baynes & Bonner are bout to be #2 in the charts & #1 in our hearts.

Facebook: Baynes & Bonner are bout to be #2 in the charts & #1 in our hearts.

Well… This is going to be weirdly awesome…

Matt Bonner, Aron Baynes, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Mills and The Coyote have now formed a band called ‘Spuran Spuran’ and today dropped a video hyping up their upcoming song to be released later on this week that’s going to be the biggest hit of 1985…

This combines everything that we love about the Spurs:

  • Matt Bonner’s weird sense of humor
  • A team that everyone feels, thanks to Tim Duncan‘s fashion game, is awkwardly stuck in the past
  • Baynes/Mills doing Baynes/Mills kinda things
  • Kawhi Leonard has big hands jokes

Check out the video & lets all wait in anticipation for the track to drop!

Matt Harpring eats Vegemite during a live broadcast, doesn’t like it

The headline says it all… Jazz commentator Matt Harpring tried straight Vegemite live on-air today during the broadcast of the Jazz v Mavericks game.

He went straight in… No bread… No butter… Absolutely no protection. Straight up rock starred it out of the bottle.

Something tells me he’ll never try it again.