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And now for something completely different, Friejose in TJ is teaming up with friend-of-Friejose Cedric to provide commentary on the impending NBA playoffs, and here’s the twist, in French on this blog.  Why?  Why the hell not?

That's "Lorsque se produit étonnant" to you.

For the French-impaired among us, like me, Google Translate will be used to translate every entry into English, and the translation will be posted immediately after the French version.  Cedric certainly could do a better job translating considering his English language fluency, but again, why not use a website for translation, just for the hell of it?

So, without further ado (adieu?), Cedric’s first NBA playoffs post en français:

Ca y est, finalement le moment que tout fan de basket qui se respecte attend: les phases finales du championnat NBA. Bien sur on connait les equipes qui y seront pour sur: les Lakers, Celtics, Cleveland et autres Dallas. Mais ce qui compte, ce sont les challengers, les “underdogs” comme les appellent nos amis americains. Nous, nous n’avons pas de mots pour ces equipes qui tentent de defier les statistiques et de creer la surprise.

Cette annee, les surprises sont de tailles: Oklahoma defie les champions en titres. Bien qu’ils aient perdu le premier match, les Thunder de Kevin Durant ont fait bonne impression malgre le retour fulgurant de Bynum. Et l’equipe de MJ alors? Les Bobcats de Charlotte n’ont pas reussit l’exploit de battre les finalistes de l’an passe, Orlando. Cela a peut-etre quelque chose a voir avec les neufs contres de D. Howard. Ils tenteront de franchir le mur mercredi ou se retrouveront a son pied.

Les autres? Pas de grande surprise si ce n’est la victoire de Portland sur un des grands favoris Phoenix. Cleveland, Celtics, Atlanta, Denver passent. Le duel des duels, finale de conference avant l’heure entre Dallas et San Antonio tourne pour cette fois a l’avantages des Mavericks. Parker et les siens ne laisseront surement pas Nowitzki marquer autant mercredi prochain.

Translation (courtesy of Google Translate):

Is it, finally, the moment that any basketball fan who respects himself awaits the final stages of the NBA championship. Of course we know the teams that will be there for about: Lakers, Celtics, Cleveland, Dallas and others. But what counts are the challengers, the “Underdog” as our American friends call them. We, we do not have words for those teams who try to defy the statistics and create the surprise.

This year, the surprises are sizes: Oklahoma defy the champions title. Despite losing the first game, the Thunder Kevin Durant made a good impression despite the return of Bynum dazzling. And while the team of MJ? The Charlotte Bobcats have not passed the feat of beating the finalists of the year passes, Orlando. That might be something to do with the new cons of D. Howard. They try to cross the wall will meet Wednesday or at its foot.

Other? No big surprise if this is the victory of Portland on one of the favorites Phoenix. Cleveland, Celtics, Atlanta, Denver pass. The duel of duels, the final conference before the hour between Dallas and San Antonio turns to this time has the advantages of the Mavericks. Parker and his family will leave Nowitzki probably not score as next Wednesday.

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