NBA Playoff update

By Ian Shimizu, Reporter

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With the first round of the playoffs coming to a close, crazy things are happening all across the league. On Sunday, soon to be MVP Stephen Curry sprained his knee, and according to reports he will be out for at least 2 weeks. The Warriors record breaking season could possibly be robbed by this. Many other series have been great and other teams have proved their worth.

Eastern Conference

1. Cavaliers 4-0 8. Pistons

The Cavaliers took care of the Pistons very easily, sweeping them in the series. Cleveland’s big 3 of Lebron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love delivered and look like they are ready to go on a deep playoff run. The Pistons were eliminated despite a strong year from star center Andre Drummond. This is the first time they have been to the playoffs since 2009, also ending in a sweep to Lebron’s Cavaliers.

4. Hawks 3-2 5. Celtics

One of the best series so far to watch has been the Hawks Celtics. An overtime comeback game 4 has brought the Celtics back after falling down 2-0. Isaiah Thomas has yet again proved how good he is, dropping 28 in game 4 and going off for 42 in game 3. Paul Millsap’s explosion of 45 wasn’t enough to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Game 6 is in Boston, where the series could be decided after an ugly game 5.

3. Heat 2-2 6. Hornets

In another good series, the Hornets have evened the Heat after falling down 2-0. Kemba Walker scored 34 in game 4 to help bring the Hornets even. Game 5 is tonight in Miami.

2. Raptors 3-2 7. Pacers

Probably the craziest series has been a thrill to watch so far. The Raptors made a crazy comeback in game 5 to bring the series even off of Demar Derozan’s 34. Paul George did basically everything for the PAcers (39 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists) but the Pacers still coughed up the lead. The Raptors outscored the Pacers 25-9 in the 4th quarter. Game 6 sees us go back to Indiana.

Western Conference

1. Warriors 3-1 8.Rockets

The series that has probably gotten the most attention so far, the Warriors lead 3-1 over the Rockets. But the big thing of course has been soon to be back to back MVP Stephen Curry spraining his knee and being out for at least 2 weeks according to team doctors. The Warriors should have no trouble putting away the Rockets, but just how far they can go without Curry is unclear.

4. Clippers 2-2 5. Trail Blazers

It has been a nightmare post season for the Clippers so far. Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, their two best players, are out for the rest of the playoffs. In Game 4, Al-Farouq Aminu took a huge lift off Damian Lillard’s shoulders by scoring 30 on a night Lillard was a horrific 4-15 from the field. If the Blazers can continue to get points from someone other than Lillard, they will cruise past the Clippers. Game 5 is in Los Angeles tonight.

3. Thunder 4-1 6. Mavericks

The Thunder made easy work of the 6th seeded Mavericks. The Duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook should give the Spurs a tough test. The pair were their normal dominant selves in the series. Next lies the rock solid Spurs for the Thunder, with game 1 being in San Antonio.

2. Spurs 4-0 7.Grizzlies

The Spurs whipped the Grizzlies in 4 games to advance. Tim Duncan seems to never play like his age. Of course, the top player at the moment remains Kawhi Leonhard, who was efficient in the series. With Stephen Curry out, the Spurs are the team to beat at the moment, and possibly the favorites. However, they have a tough test against the Thunder next series. Game 1 is in San Antonio.

 

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