NBA: Playoffs Heating Up

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     The NBA playoff teams are now trimmed down to 8. The teams include previous NBA Champions Golden State Warriors which are currently tied at 2 games a piece with the Houston Rockets.

     Other teams competing to reach the championship are the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Boston Celtics.

     Currently, the Nuggets and Trail Blazers are all knotted up at 2 games a-piece while the Raptors and 76ers are also all tied up in their series.

     Nikola Jokic, Denver’s all-star center, is having an outstanding series. Jokic contributed a game-high 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists in a quadruple-overtime game in Portland Monday night. At the end of the final regulation, all scores were knotted up at 100 until Portland’s Damian Lillard pulled up for a running floater over Paul Millsap to go ahead by 2. The next possession down the floor, Denver’s all-star center and outstanding passer threw a bullet from the top of the key to a cutting Will Barton to knot it up at 102 to force overtime. After four overtimes, Seth Curry sealed the deal making both of his free throws with 2.8 seconds left to put the Trail Blazers all tied up with Denver at 2 games a piece. I definitely feel as if Denver will pull it out to win the series because they are loaded with talent and experience. I think Nikola Jokic will continue to go off and put up big numbers in the final games of the second round.

     Sunday, Toronto defeated the 76ers to also knot up the series 2-2. The 76ers never could pull ahead of the Raptors the entire game, but they did stay within striking distance. Toronto pulled out with a victory with a final score of 101-96. Toronto all-star, Kawhi Leonard lead all scorers with 39 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists. For the 76ers, all-star Jimmy Butler lead the team with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. This series is what I think is the best series currently to watch in the playoffs. Both teams have outstanding talent and compete at a high level each and every day.

     The 76ers and Raptors continues their series tonight at 8:00 on TNT while the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets face off at 10:30 on TNT.

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