Travel Basketball, NBA Playoffs, and Player Draft

NBA Playoffs Travel Basketball

My sister Anne listens to games without the sound on if she cares about who will win.

Welcome to the Torg Stories Podcast. Anne and I are going to look back at the NBA Play-In games and ahead to the playoffs. After that, we’re doing a draft of the players we’d want for our own playoff run but first, Anne, you had questions for me about the start of travel basketball. Let’s hear ’em!

NBA Play-In Summary:

  1. Opening night: Hawks upset Heat to get the Celtics in Round 1. Lakers beat Timberwolves to get Grizzlies in Round 1.
  2. 9-10 games: Bulls beat Raptors. Thunder beat Pelicans.
  3. For the 8th seeds: Heat beat Bulls to get Bucks. T-Wolves hammer Thunder to get Nuggets.

Anne, what were your thoughts on the play-in?

  • The “break up the Heat” noise got loud. I was telling Megan that it could be fixed quick with a win and an upset of the Bucks.
  • We had the DeRozan daughter screaming game in Toronto.
  • Lakers coming together at the right time. Didn’t you have them done at one point? Does the buzz reach your apartment with the broken leg?
  • The way it works for me: things getting so bad for Rudy Gobert that he is starting to become a sympathetic figure.

Sat Results:

  • 76ers Hammer Nets. Celtics beat Hawks. Knicks upset Cavs. Kings beat Warriors.
  • Coming back to the hotel room after a two-game Saturday. My first look at the Kings and De’Aaron Fox. He scores 38. Steph hits a ridiculous 3. Fox answers. Klay ridiculous. Fox again. Steph in the corner. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

Sun Results:

  • Lakers get the on-paper “upset” over Grizzlies but look strong. Heat huge upset over Bucks. Giannis goes down with a back. Herro done with a broken hand. Clippers beat Suns. Nuggets demolish T-Wolves.
  • Kawhi still has it. Heat vs. Bucks. Clippers vs. Suns.

Tonight’s games:

  • Nets vs. Sixers. Warriors vs. Kings.

Series Predictions:

Finals Prediction:

Anne vs. Bill NBA Playoff Draft:


  • We’re drafting players as they are. If they’re hurt or maybe hurt, that’s part of the deal.
  • All NBA players are eligible, even if not in playoffs.
  • Your team needs to be able to play as a real team.
  • Next week we’ll make the case of how the team we drafted wins.
  • Anne gets first pick. We’ll pick a coach too.

Anne’s Team:

  1. Durant
  2. Jokic
  3. Damian Lillard
  4. Giannis
  5. Devin Booker
  6. De’Aron Fox
  7. Joel Embiid
  8. Luka Doncic
  9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  10. Domantas Sabonis

Coach: Steve Kerr

Bill’s Team:

  1. Kawhi Leonard
  2. Steph Curry
  3. LeBron James
  4. Anthony Davis
  5. Jason Tatum
  6. Jimmy Butler
  7. Ja Morant
  8. Jrue Holiday
  9. Bam Adebayo
  10. Evan Mobley

Coach: Nick Nurse

This podcast was recorded Monday night, April 17, 2023.

Thanks for listening!

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