I find myself both amazed and aghast that every lower seed is leading their playoff series by 2-1 in the second round of the 2015 NBA postseason. I would highly doubt that has ever happened before. What has cause such an aberration? Let us take a quick look. Parity: We are finally seeing the new CBA cap restrictions come into play. The talent distribution among the top teams has narrowed because teams can no longer just go into the red to sign talent in order to win a 'ship. Perhaps the days of prohibitive playoff favorites beyond the first round has come to an end. There may be no Lakers like team featuring massive contracts for Gasol, Bynum and Kobe while still able to retain Odom ever again. Perhaps teams like the Spurs can put together below market sweetheart deals for stars, but that is about it. Even the Warriors with the best regular season record in decades is just being beat down by the Grizzles. Match Ups: How bad is the series match up of the Griz for the Warriors? I believe it is as bad as it gets. The very thing that the Warriors do best the Griz are constructed to stop. Perimeter play. Ball movement. Penetration. Allen and Conley are two of the premier perimeter defenders in the NBA. The Splash Brothers are just running into a brick wall against those two. With Memphis up 2-1 are the Griz getting into the heads of Curry and Thompson? The Memphis roster is not constructed like any other current NBA team. With Gasol and ZBow they focus on the interior generation of points. Massive offensive players that just punish opposing defensive players. It is going to be a tough series for the Warriors. Would someone explain to me please how Washington just won game three with Wall's wrist and hand having a half dozen fractures? Atlanta is star starved. Washington has Wall. Also, Washington is on a roll after their first round beat down of Toronto. But still. Atlanta's success has been based on flawless execution in a very weak conference. Once that execution breaks down Atlanta is vulnerable. But without Wall Atlanta will not lose this round. But they are road kill in the next round versus Chicago. Chicago is up 2-1 against Cleveland. What a surprise. Not. Even with LBJ it is difficult to construct a championship roster the first year into major roster changes. Chicago makes minor modifications each year, building on past successes and therefore has better roster construction and cohesion. The Vegas odds of a Cavs 'ship were artificially high. It is not surprise Chicago is dominating. Rockets versus Clippers. The most toss up series in the second round. They had the same exact regular season record, the seeding only decided by a division championship. Two super stars for each team. Harden, Paul, Howard and Griffin. The Clippers look dominant because of the play of Jordan. The under appreciated reason for their great season. And he is a free agent. Expect numerous max offers for him this off season. Injuries: The 900 pound gorilla in the room. Once the Cavs lost Love for the post season they were done. They have no chance against Chicago in the second round. Chicago just overwhelms teams with waves of above average players focused in on defense by Coach Thibs. With Rose again ascendant LBJ has been and will continue to be not enough. And I would like to ask again how Washington beat Atlanta in game three without Wall? The Wizards will crumple without their best player, but Atlanta does not have the talent to prevail against Chicago. Since Conley returned Memphis has looked dominant. Both teams are currently healthy and it should be a great series. The Splash Brothers will have something to say about this series outcome. Missing Bev and D-Mo against a healthy Clippers team the Rockets prospects look poor. It is somehow remarkable that the Rockets managed to sustain season ending injuries to both of their starters versus the Clippers two best players, Paul and Griffin. Rack this one up for the city of Angels team.