NBA Playoffs Roll Back Into Town

Payton Caldwell, Sports Editor

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The NBA Playoffs have always been on the list of favorites for every basketball fan around. Whether you’re old school and enjoy the game of greats like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, or up to date on culture and savor the talent of Lebron James and Russell Westbrook, the playoffs still live up to their hype. This year’s matchups have proven to provide plenty of entertainment, from heated moments on the court to stat-stuffing performances. Most sports analysts and fans have their own opinion on what the best matchups and highlights have been, but this list will break down the top 3 moments so far, and the best that is yet to come.

1.Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden: These two battled all season for bragging rights on who was the better player and who would be this year’s league MVP. While Westbrook certainly had the stats to defend his case, Harden prevailed in the end and won the most important battle; entry into the next round of the playoffs. The Rockets explosive offense was too much for the sluggish Thunder, and Westbrook’s average of 37.4 PPG still wasn’t enough to send his struggling team into the second round. However, the matchup alone proved to live up to its expectations, with these two going at it every night,

 2.Spurs dominant reign vs. Warriors dominant reign: The Spurs have been the NBA’s “golden age team” for many years now. After the retirement of leader Tim Duncan last year, it didn’t take long for Kawhii Leonard to step up in his place. Leonard is averaging 22.5 PPG along with 5.8 rebounds per game. Those are some pretty serious stats. With the aid of veteran Manu Ginobli and a high powered offense, head coach Greg Popovich should have no trouble cruising to another NBA Finals. There’s just one problem. The Golden State Warriors are still on pace to be one of the league’s best teams ever. Stephen Curry is still putting up insane numbers. Draymond Green is still Draymond Green, fearless as ever, and Kevin Durant is the newest victim to the list of players who join squads to just win a ring. Combine these three together and it ends up making the ultimate dynamic trio. This matchup will prove deadly, but the Warriors will win in 7.

 3.Isaiah Thomas vs. Lebron James: The last time Lebron James was knocked out of the Conference Finals was in 2012. Against the Boston Celtics. While this Celtics team does not have the “Big four” with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Kevin Garnett, it still features star power in point guard Isaiah Thomas. Coming off an intense series against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, Thomas is averaging 28.9 PPG, even at just a height of 5”9. With a little help from Avery Bradley and the Celtics bench, Thomas could have the power to take down the King and his Cavs. Lebron will still be dominant, and Kyrie Irving will not back down without a fight, but this game will come down to simply guts. Who wants it more. Although Thomas has the heart of a champion, James has the heart of a lion. He never surrenders his prey, and certainly won’t surrender at the chance of another ring to add to his collection.      

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NBA Playoffs Roll Back Into Town