National Basketball Association playoffs should be entertaining

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

It's going to be rare to see dope highlights full of alley-oops and crossovers, but this matchup is anything but short of excitement. Therefore, Brogdon is most likely out for the entire first round of the playoffs.

Regular-season play is fun to watch, but it's the pressure-filled moments of the postseason that really count. Throughout the season, the Warriors have struggled to hold onto that top spot as the Denver Nuggets, led by Nikola Jokic, fought them all the way to the dying stages of the season for that top seed.

The Rockets top these rankings despite being the fourth seed in the West.

During that 2014 playoff series, recordings of then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling surfaced in which he made racist comments, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and forced by the league to sell the team.


Wade concluded his 16-year career with a triple-double game. The reigning MVP from the 2017-2018 season, Harden seemed to have hit the height of his play last season.

Toronto made dramatic changes with the aim of altering its playoff fortunes.

"I think the parity and the competition in the East, and not knowing and everyone having a honest chance maybe in the East that did not, when not you look between Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia", TNT analyst Chris Webber said. He leads his team in nearly every statistical category while playing only 33 minutes per game.

Leonard has won a title previously with the Spurs and is in a select group that genuinely has a chance when going toe to toe with Kevin Durant.

The Bucks posted the best record in the National Basketball Association.

The Eastern Conference is now wide open with the removal of Lebron James, and several teams will be looking capitalize. He scored 50 or more points on nine separate occasions and topped 60 twice as well.

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Milwaukee failed to clear the first hurdle in the postseason past year, losing in seven to the Celtics, but has greater depth this time around.

If Butler wants to set himself apart from the other high-profile free agents this summer, he needs to show that he can carry a team on his back in the playoffs. The German star was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2011.

Still, underestimate the Celtics at your peril.

One of his biggest frustrations, however, is trying to prove he is all-in for the Warriors this season. They just have too much depth for IN to handle, and I believe that the Celtics will win the series IN six games.

"The Process" paid off for the 76ers.

It could be Philadelphia, with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons anchoring perhaps the most talented starting five outside of the Bay Area.

However, there are still concerns - particularly when it comes to facing Golden State.

The 2018-19 National Basketball Association regular season drew an end with the final play-off berth won by Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

The moves to add Butler and Harris have left the bench a little thin. Other player-level futures are based on whether a player will reach certain benchmarks in common statistical categories such as points, three-point shots, rebounds or assists for the season. Judging by the work he has put in and the MVP season he has put up numbers-wise, there will be plenty of teams Fearing the Deer and Milwaukee will be playing well into May and June.

Yet this is uncharted territory for Jokic and his colleagues. The Warriors may need to get by scoring champion James Harden and the Rockets, who took them to a seventh game past year in the conference finals, just to get back to that round this time. Can they make it that far, though?

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