Cheatsheet: All You Need To Know Ahead Of The NBA Playoffs

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Let's go in depth on the matchups.

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. What a insane run for Milwaukee, can we take a moment to appreciate that? The regular season's best team Milwaukee largely have the commentator's nightmare Giannis Antentokoumpo to thank for their impressive campaign.

Giannis would have clinched the MVP title already if there was no Harden. It really is a modern Shaq-type season, or maybe a cross between O'Neal and Scottie Pippen.

The Brooklyn Nets surprised many by finishing sixth in the East while the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons snuck into the last two spots.

Naturally, the other 1/8 slots in as the second-least exciting matchup. Despite a four-game regular-season split between the two clubs, the Nets averaged a whopping 121 points per game over the series and covered three of those. The Warriors Death Sentence is now looming over their season.

This is definitely a new series, and the Warriors like how they have come together from a topsy-turvy season that featured embarrassing losses at home, a rarity in recent years. Although the team finished No. 24 in the league in points per game, the Magic come into the playoffs averaging a noteworthy 117.6 points over their last 11 games while hitting the team total over in 10.

"Defensively, we have been getting after it", Harden said. That means each 100 possessions with Kawhi on the court, the Raptors average 119 points for and 105 against, a net rating of 14. But then there's the question of home-court advantage: The Nuggets have it, and they also had the best home record in the National Basketball Association this season. His completely team-oriented brand of play has produced an astounding number of wins and is his strongest case to win the award. I still can't believe they are where they are after losing Victor Oladipo. "I'll never forget that whole 48 hours". Coach Nate McMillan deserves a lot of credit, too. The Celtics didn't have the season they were hoping for, but I think they'll turn it on during the playoffs.

"I enjoy the way they played basketball", Durant said.

For the third consecutive season he had 1,800+ points, 700+ rebounds and 300+ assists - only Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson have longer streaks, each doing it four straight years.

My game was talking to me.

First off, I want to give Denver the proper respect for their regular season. The Lakers were the second seed in the Western Conference but did not lose a single game en route to the Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, in which they recovered from defeat in Game 1 to breeze to a second successive title.

How Did The Regular Season Go? I had to get that out of the way first, because...

The season series is tied 2-2.

They also have very little playoff experience. However, I'm still picking the Warriors until someone proves otherwise. However, the Spurs aren't necessarily the right matchup to pull off the upset. "I plan on taking full advantage of it".

Nickel: Eric Bledsoe has the athleticism, instincts and personality to take on anyone on defense: Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at the traits and abilities that make Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe such a willing, gifted defender and how he's been able to utilize his skill set on that side of the floor under head coach Mike Budenholzer. It'll also be fun to watch DeMar DeRozan in the playoffs again, but without LeBron in his path. Not every team left standing was expected to make it here, but they're still here and ready to make some noise!

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