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The NBA Playoffs have begun. Will the Warriors dominate once again? Or will 2019 be the year they finally crack in the Playoffs?
The Golden State Warriors have practically made winning the NBA Championship as regular as clockwork. They’ve taken 3 of the last 4 titles, all of them versus LeBron and the Cavaliers. So, with LeBron’s Lakers and the star-less Cavs both putting up abysmal numbers this year, who if anyone, can topple the Warriors dynasty?
The Bucks have been fairly consistent getting to the postseason, but seem to be always a bridesmaid and never the bride. The organization has one NBA Championship trophy from 1971 but this could be the season to add another to the display case. Milwaukee topped the league and won the Eastern Conference regular season with a stellar record of 60-22. It’s the first time since 2001 that they’ve entered the postseason as a No. 1 seed and they have the best shot at knocking the Warriors off their pedestal.
Behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks led the league in scoring (118.1 points per game). Golden State came in second in scoring (117.7 points per game), but had been the leaders for 4 consecutive seasons prior to this year.
New Bucks coach, Mike Budenholzer, has really turned things around for his team, especially on the defensive end. The squad was in 19th place in defensive ratings last season. This year they’ve risen to the top spot in the NBA with a rating of 105.2.
The Bucks and the Warriors met twice this regular season, each team winning one. Milwaukee will need to be on from 3-point land if they make it to the Finals with Golden State. In their regular season victory, they shot 35.7% from behind the arc, while in their loss they shot a paltry 17.9%.
The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Detroit Pistons for the first round of Playoffs. Game 1 was a dominating display by Milwaukee, outscoring the Pistons 121-86. Game 2 was another landslide for the Bucks, 120-99. We are moving to Detroit for Game 3, which tips off at 7pm Saturday from Little Caesars Arena.
The Denver Nuggets are also in the running to take down the powerhouse Warriors. Denver came in second in the Western Conference behind Golden State. They’ve never won an NBA Championship title, and the last time they made the Playoffs was 2013 where they lost first round to, you guessed it, the Golden State Warriors. But this team has a ton of talent. They’ve got great depth with Jamal Murray, Garry Harris, Will Barton, Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, and the newest NBA superstar, Nikola Jokic.
Though they unexpectedly dropped Game 1 and very nearly lost Game 2 to the San Antonio Spurs, the Nuggets are still strong contenders for the title this season. In Game 2, we witnessed the greatest comeback in Nuggets Playoff history when Jamal Murray went off for 21 points in the 4th quarter to overcome a 19 point deficit. They play Game 3 in San Antonio and it looks like the odds are favoring the Spurs for this one.
The Rockets were just one game away from derailing the Warriors last season when they met in the Western Finals series, where they lost in 7. They aren’t the same team they were a year ago…they’ve gotten better. The team is healthy again after absences from Chris Paul and their big guy, Clint Capela.
Houston’s 2018-2019 regular season was not an easy road, and they relied heavily on James Hardin. Hardin answered the call by stepping up his game big time. He led the league offensively with a ridiculous 61.6% shooting percentage and an NBA best of 7.4 assists per game.
The Rockets took 3 of 4 from the Warriors this year. Can they come up with victory when it counts? Their first round in the Western Conference series pits them against a comparatively weak Utah Jazz team. Game 1 and 2 were both blowouts and Hardin and the Rockets roll on to Game 3 in Utah on Saturday.
The Golden State Warriors are sporting the best odds to win it all this year, so it will take an underdog to defeat them. However, DeMarcus Cousins just went down with a season ending quad injury in Game 2, where the team lost to the Clippers. They aren’t untouchable and the Rockets, Bucks, and Nuggets are ready to take over.
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