Milwaukee failed to clear the first hurdle in the postseason a year ago, losing in seven to the Celtics, but has greater depth this time around. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade finished their legendary careers, while rising stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic proved that they can be dominant enough when it counts.
Joel Embiid played in only 10 of the 76ers' 24 games since the All-Star break, and general manager Elton Brand told reporters Wednesday that "it is possible" the team's best scorer and rebounder won't be ready to start the playoffs. The 128-122 win over the 76ers also earned Milwaukee the top seed throughout the 2019 Playoffs.
It's not algae but a dye that has given the Milwaukee River an eye-popping bright green hue to celebrate the Milwaukee Bucks and the team's colour as they head into the National Basketball Association playoffs seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
Pascal Siakam and D'Angelo are in a two-man race for Most Improved Player.
- The Warriors finished the season with a true shooting percentage of 59.6 per cent, more than a full percentage point better than any other team. If they'd held on to the No seed, they would have avoided the defending National Basketball Association champions until the Western Conference Finals. As there is every year, there were a ton of memorable performances from a number of players this season, and these are the five of the absolute best.
"The chemistry was instant", said Danilo Gallinari ... a comment that was echoed by Doc Rivers in a late-season visit to Madison Square Garden at which he marveled at the way his youth-laden roster had become a solid defensive team with a bunch of players in their early 20s who were great listeners when it came to receiving tutelage from the coaching staff and Sixth Man of the Year shoo-in Lou Williams.
It's easy to forget how incredible Leonard was two postseasons ago when he briefly put a scare into the Warriors before suffering an injury that ended his playoff run.
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If it wasn't for his postseason failures, Harden might have an argument to top the list.
I think he plays, but he looked injured in the last game he took the court and after that the Pistons sat him for the final game of the regular season. Now, everybody hopes there are many more postseason games on Golden State's home floor before the franchise moves across the bay to San Francisco and the new Chase Center later this year. Therefore, Brogdon is most likely out for the entire first round of the playoffs. Add Green, Thompson and Boogie Cousins, and you can see why Golden State is the favorite to win the title. It's hard to say how much he'll be able to contribute in the playoffs. He typically dominates the Brooklyn Nets when he plays them. He's a beast defensively and is usually unstoppable in the paint.
- This is a series that could be tough for the second-seeded Nuggets.
When Do All The Games Take Place?
The conference is loaded with talent and four teams have a legitimate chance to play for the title. During that 11-game span, the average combined score was a shade under 240 points. Denver's rotation guys - other than Paul Millsap - aren't swimming in postseason experience, and the question becomes how equipped they are to handle this stage. However, this organization hasn't won a first round series since 2001.
Griffin recorded 21 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.
The Warriors hardly broke a sweat in that game and it has been similar in the opening round in which they have won 16 and lost just two games in Steve Kerr's era.
Durant didn't seem to have a care in the world back then, but he really wanted to drive that point him again while putting all of his haters on blast.