Publicado: Mar, Abril 16, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Blazers Could Make NBA Finals, Not Warriors Says TNT's Kenny Smith

Blazers Could Make NBA Finals, Not Warriors Says TNT's Kenny Smith

Some things have remained the same, however, with the Golden State Warriors clinching the best record in the stacked Western Conference and coming into this year's tournament as the odds-on favorites to win it all for the third straight year.

According to the NBA's MVP ladder of week 25, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was on top of the chart, and James Harden of the Houston Rockets was second.

Can any team stop the Warriors? Considering they added DeMarcus Cousins to a roster that already included four All-Stars, it is not hard to see why.

ORACLE SHINES AGAIN: The Warriors said a ceremonial farewell to Oracle in their final regular-season home game April 7.

The Yahoo Sports NBA crew unanimously took the Golden State Warriors to three-peat and capture a fourth championship in five seasons, with most of us believing Stephen Curry will win his first Finals MVP over two-time victor Kevin Durant.

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Hidden Storyline: The Jazz go to the line at the third highest rate in the National Basketball Association, but they also sit in 26th in free-throw percentage.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was a member of one of those teams in the modern era and now has the chance to do it again in a different role, having played under the man who was the guiding hand behind each of the sides to have done the three-peat.

Toronto made dramatic changes with the aim of altering its playoff fortunes.

The Dubs are playing an underdog Los Angeles Clippers in round one of the NBA Playoffs.

Playoff series history: The franchises have met twice in the playoffs, splitting first-round series in 1979 and 1984. After seeing teammate's Kawhi Leonard work ethic, he knew he wanted to develop into a better player for the Raptors. Weeks before the postseason started, the Milwaukee Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic for the remainder of the regular season.

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First, let's look at the Bucks versus the Pistons. With James Harden coming off the seventh-best regular season scoring average (36.1 points per game) in National Basketball Association history, only a fool would casually write the Rockets off.

Milwaukee failed to clear the first hurdle in the postseason previous year, losing in seven to the Celtics, but has greater depth this time around. But with star player Giannis Antetokounpo and others, the Bucks have fans hoping for a title.

Still, underestimate the Celtics at your peril.

The Warriors has a phenomenal record against the Clippers with the latter trailing the series 1-8 but Kevin Durant has warned his team against complacency when they take on Rivers' team. Ultimately, the Pacers will need better spacing to complement their paint-dominated style, while the Celtics need to find consistent outside shooting to win.

"The Process" paid off for the 76ers.

It could be Philadelphia, with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons anchoring perhaps the most talented starting five outside of the Bay Area. For those looking for something new and fresh, rejoice in the fact that there won't be another Golden State versus Cleveland matchup.

The Warriors, of course, haven't just been going to the postseason every year, but getting all the way to the finals once they do.

The Clippers had an opportunity to finish the year as the fifth seed, but a three-game losing streak down the stretch pushed them to the only first-round opponent they didn't want to see: Golden State.

The love on three-pointers still grew.

The 30-team league made 273,573 points throughout the season.

Yet this is uncharted territory for Jokic and his colleagues. This will be the most important playoff appearance to date. Both had career seasons, but can they keep it up in the playoffs? Can they make it that far, though?

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