Sixteen teams begin competing in the NBA Finals starting Sunday. That may be so. New Orleans' 112-98 win against San Antonio tied the Pelicans with the Thunder at 48 wins, putting the Pelicans and Thunder in a three-way tiebreaker with the loser of the Jazz/Blazers game.
Things are expected to be drastically different this year, however, as almost every first round matchup has a lower seeded team with a legit opportunity to steal a series.
In Curry's last 20-games without Kevin Durant, the Warriors went 20-0.
The playoffs are back, with Golden State and Cleveland - who've met in the last three NBA Finals - not exactly looking like the overwhelming favorites the league has come to expect. Despite losing Kyrie, Gordon Hayward, and Smart, the Celtics manage to win against good teams, both in the East and the West. Oklahoma City won three of four against Utah in the regular season.
We've already seen two coaches get fired at the end of their regular season run.
I know the Celtics are banged up, but they will win this series in six games.
The Celtics are sure to pose a threat next season, as they locked up the second seed without their two best players. Also, $95,000 worth of tickets were purchased to home games through the player ticket donation program to give fans an opportunity to attend games that might not have been able to afford them.Another $230,000 donation was given to 5 For The Fight campaign in October to further cancer research.
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Finally, the National Basketball Association could turn the playoff selection process into an event that they could televise if they really wanted to. This Heat team is a tough, gritty team, without any real stars. They're the only team to attempt more 3s than shots inside the arc. Fultz is getting minutes off the bench and could be a potential x-factor for the Sixers in the playoffs. All the other first-round matchups are ones where the playoff foes split four meetings this season. The Rockets two best players, Harden and Paul, have also had notable postseason struggles throughout their careers.
As for Melas' selection, well, he has one heck of a reason for going with a Rockets-Clippers game from January that was decided by 11 points.
Denver would have gone to the postseason with a win at Minnesota. The Wolves would go on to sign former MVP Derrick Rose later in the season, adding yet another player who was previously coached by Thibodeau to the roster. I just don't think the Wolves are quite there yet.
This series is going to be a bloodbath. It can also have the opposite effect where, instead of being angry you are viewed as the weakest team because you were picked first, you feel confident if nobody wanted to play you which is why you play against your next opponent by default. He is a clear defensive liability and could literally shoot the Thunder out of games. He'll have to play through two series (probably) without home court advantage. There was plenty of back and forth action, big plays and even overtime! Mitchell wants to be regarded as the league's best rookie, so what better way to do it than beating a highly regarded OKC team? Presumably if Curry does come back at the beginning of the second round or part way through it, his presence would boost the chances of the team making another deep postseason run.
Portland Trail Blazers (-210) vs.
Not only would this system make the playoffs themselves more strategic, but it would make for better series throughout the playoffs. If he's somehow unable to return, the Cavaliers will have a chance to win the title.
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