As the NBA playoffs are right around the corner, many teams failed to reach the playoffs and only the best 16 teams are in. Therefore, the teams in the playoffs are fighting for one destiny, a NBA Championship Trophy. Who will we see in The Finals this year? Will we see LeBron “The King” James bring home another championship to Cleveland?
#1 Golden State Warriors vs #8 Portland Trail Blazers
Yet again, Stephen Curry has led his team to another NBA Playoffs atop the West (67-15).
With KD hurt most of the year, Curry,Thompson and Green showed the world why they are Dub City. When KD went down with injury in early January, many feared that Golden State was going to go downhill but they struggled and gradually got better. Thats why Golden State is the most feared team to play in the Playoffs.
Dame “Dolla” Lillard, once again took his team to the playoffs. With help from C.J. McCollum, Allan Crabbe, Noah Vonleh and a Gerald Henderson the Blazers could give the Warriors some trouble from 3 and even inside the paint. This is the playoffs, there isn’t any cake walk games.
#2 San Antonio Spurs vs #7 Memphis Grizzlies.
News stated, “Tony Allen out indefinitely with strained calf” this hurts the Grizzlies defense tremendously. Tony Allen was the defender for Kawhi Leonard. If anything the Grizzlies push to 5 games. Other than that, this isn’t competition.
#3 Houston Rockets vs #6 Oklahoma City Thunder.
Battle of MVP’s. Russell “Mr. Triple-Double King” Westbrook and James Harden face off to determine their fate. If Russ plays like he’s been playing, he will be the better MVP and win his team the series in a hard fought 7-game series. On the other hand if James Harden plays his MVP-type mentality Harden will lead his team to a victory in 6 games.
#4 Los Angles Clippers vs #5 Utah Jazz. Another year for Chris Paul in the playoffs. Will this be the year LAC gets past the second round. Doubt it. LAC has played consistently throughout the season its just a matter of fact if they can play the same in the playoffs.
Utah Jazz made the playoffs and led by a Gordon Hayward; Hayward will have to be on his game to get past the Clippers but its possible. Hayward went on a poster rampage after the All-Star break and he will continue to do it during the Playoffs.
#1 Boston Celtics vs #8 Chicago Bulls
What more can you say about the Eastern conference besides “The King”, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and Isiah Thomas. Everyone doubted him. Everyone said he was too small. Heart. Over. Height. Thomas was amazing this year, leading his team to the #1 seed in the East.
Thomas will take on a Jimmy “Buckets” Butler in the Playoffs and a veteran Dwayne Wade. The Bulls are still in the rebuilding process, as their team continues to help their chemistry. Do not be surprised if they give Boston a hard time.
#2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs #7 Indiana Pacers.
The last time LeBron played the Pacers in the Playoffs was when he was on the Miami Heat and everyone remembers Lance Stephenson blowing into LeBron’s ear.
Can we expect more of that now that Lance Stephenson is back in Indiana? The King won’t let a steady improving Paul George take him down. George will give The King some competition though. Paul George was on a tear at the end of the season helping his team finish in the 7th seed. The underlying issue is HELP. Paul George need a lot of help from his teammates to even somewhat compete.
#3 Toronto Raptors vs #6 Milwaukee Bucks
DeMar DeRozan and Giannis Antetokounmpo both go head-to-head. Just this last week, Giannis become the first to finish in top-20 in all major stats (PTS,RBS,BLOCKS,AST,STL). DeRozan’s Raptors fell off closer towards the end of the season, but most importantly, DeRozan will have to figure out a way to stop Antetokounmpo.
#4 Washington Wizards vs #5 Atlanta Falcons
This might be the best division game in the Eastern Conference. With the Wizards finishing ahead of Atlanta, the Hawks will be seeking revenge after falling to the Wizards. D’Wight Howards first season with his hometown has been a success but will end during Game 6 with a loss to the Washington Wizards and John Wall.