NBA Playoffs Continue to Entertain

Many sports fans prefer the college game to the NBA. If that is the case, then they should at least tune in to the NBA playoffs each year because it is always entertaining.nba

This year’s playoffs have been no exception. Although the first round only had one series go to seven games, those who tuned in witnessed an increased intensity in players knowing their season could end if they did not win the series to advance to the second round. In game seven of the opening round western conference series between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul hit an off-balance shot at the buzzer to push the Clippers on to the next round.

The second round has been nothing short of exceptional. On Friday night, Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose banked in a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Bulls a 2-1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today, Cavaliers’ Lebron James hit a long two at the buzzer to even the series at 2.

Yesterday afternoon, Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards banked in a three at the buzzer to give his team a 2-1 series lead over the top-seeded team in the eastern conference, the Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards played without point guard John Wall who has five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and is likely done for the year.

In the primetime game last night, the western conference’s top seed, the Golden St. Warriors, were looking to go up 2-1 in their second round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. League MVP Stephen Curry was harassed by the Grizzlies defense all night and scored a quiet 23 points. He was 2 for 10 from beyond the 3-point arc as Mike Conley, Courtney Lee, and Tony Allen rotated guarding him. Curry had very little space all night and forced shots all over the court as he finished 8 for 21 from the field in the Warriors’ ten point loss in game 3. The Grizzlies have won two in a row and host game 4. They are playing with the same confidence they used in sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in round 1.

The Clippers lead the second-seeded Houston Rockets 2 games to 1 heading into tonight’s game 4. Blake Griffin started the series with a triple double as he played more of a vocal role on the team with Paul out due to injury. On Friday night, 22 year-old Austin Rivers scored 25 points in 23 minutes on 10-of-13 shooting to be the hero for the Clippers who are coached by his father Glenn “Doc” Rivers.

NBA playoff basketball is always filled with intensity and this year is no exception. Every game seems to have a new hero. With only four teams left per conference, the race to the NBA Championship is wide open which is not always the case. In my opinion, any combination of teams in the finals from the eight teams left would still make for a fantastic series.

And that’s as I see it!

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