The NBA regular season is done, and now the playoff march begins.
The Celtics have a legitimate chance to clinch the number one seed on Wednesday in their game against Milwaukee.
Note: This interview his been edited for length and clarity. "I think this is a great matchup for Chicago".
Neither team enters the playoffs on a roll.
Golden State isn't the only obstacle for the Cavaliers to overcome. And then the deals that were done, like Toronto picking up Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, [Cleveland General Manager] David Griffin finding guys. The most exciting first-round playoff series will most certainly be the battle between the two MVP frontrunners and former teammates, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
As a team, here's how we think things will play out. This Spurs team may not be at the level it has been in the past, but you can not count out Kawhi Leonard and Greg Popovich.
Meanwhile in Miami, Goran Dragic scored 28 points and the Miami Heat fell short of reaching the playoffs despite a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards. "We've put ourselves in this position, and now we have to go and get it done".
"We have a job to do", George said. This is their time and they'll take quick care of the Grizzlies though I am probably wrong.
Which contending team do you think might be the most vulnerable to a first round upset? The big man is now a student manager for the Ohio State basketball team while he tries to go on to earn his degree. They can't take them lightly. They're obviously risky, and Cleveland hasn't been playing well heading into the playoffs.
They are healthier than they've been in months, and James said that's all that matters now. Can they do that and ramp it up? The Cavaliers need to prove they can turn that "switch" on and play consistent and play good defense.
When looking at both teams we shouldn't expect anything less that a shootout. But will it be enough for the Warriors to make up for last season's disappointing loss to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? They could be. If they're all playing at the top of their game, if Austin Rivers can come back and can help them. The team with next-best chances according to BPI? Yet, the biggest obstacle for the Warriors lies in wait in the Eastern Conference.
Nine different players achieved career highs in at least one category. But this won't be a typical 1 vs. 8 cakewalk. They have a hard time getting past them. The Oklahoma City Thunder are +5000, while the Houston Rockets are +750 to win the West. Bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder in 7 games over Houston. San Antonio lost four of its last five games. Before we get too far, he was only given two options in a television interview, Blazers in 6 or Blazers in 7.
Reiter: The Cavs find a much more daunting road to the NBA Finals than the past two seasons, but get there nonetheless behind more LeBron James heroics. The Wizards, meanwhile, have two in guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. After the All-Star break, they were an abysmal 29th in the league, giving up 111 points per 100 possessions.
For Curry personally, last year's Finals were a downright failure. Andre Iguodala's back turned into, like, a 72-year-old back. Washington's a risky team.
"I love the playoffs", he said. The last time the Celtics found themselves in this poisition they won the championship. Instead of promoting all 30 clubs and/or focusing on teams instead of individuals, they place the spotlight on large markets and proven superstars. If Indiana can compete and make it a series with Cleveland, it could go a long way in their attempt to extend their franchise player.
GREENE: Well, if there is a team out there that is going to knock you upside the head with their greatness and stun you and win a championship, who might it be? But the talk all season has been about the super team assembled in the Golden State, having added Kevin Durant to an already-loaded roster with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.style="text-align: center;"