Stephen A. Smith: Biggest shock happens to also be the biggest choke. And that goes out to the Memphis Grizzlies. But I don't really want to call the team out; they played hard tie the series up after being down 0-3. Who I really want to call out is ALONZO FREAKIN MOURNING.
Stephen A. Smith: ALONZO, I'M CALLING YOU OUT. You are the LEADER of your team. You are by far one of the 2 most DOMINANT centers in the game today. You were 4th in the league in points per game. You were 2nd in the league in rebounds per game. You were 2nd in the league in blocks per game. You are the glue holding the lost-in-the-wood Grizzlies together as they battled back from being 3 down. And here comes Game 7 in the 1st round of the playoffs. Your toughest opponent comes around. No, I'm not talking about David Robinson. I'm talking about THE ITTY BITTY BWUISE ON YOUR HIP. HO HUM. ZO, you should have MANNED up. If my mama saw me sitting on my butt with an ice pack on my hip during Game 7 in the playoffs, she would've dragged me to the announcers table by the ear and checked me in. Be a man, Zo. Your mama raised you better than that. You let your team down. I'd like to commend Todd MacCulloch on a fine job at filling in for Alonzo, but those are some pretty small pants to fill for a big baby like him.
Skip Bayless: You need a brown bag over there? You're hyperventilating pretty bad.
Stephen A. Smith: No I'm fine. Just get a little worked up... but let's move on to our last segment:
PICKS FOR THE CONFERENCE AND NBA FINALS
Stephen A. Smith: I'm going to pick the Bulls and the Wizards as the teams going to the Eastern Conference Finals, with Chicago's core of youth and experience to carry them to the NBA Finals. Kobe's great, but I heard Brian Grant's girlfriend recently dumped him. We all know how he handles adversity...
Stephen A. Smith: And for the Western Conference Finals, I see my boy Shaq leading the Lakers back to win it against the Warriors. And the SuperSonics have been playing some stellar defensive ball of their own. When those two Western superpowers collide in the Western Conference Finals, I see the combination of Shaq and Outlaw standing on top of the bludgeoned bodies of Robinson and Ratliff.