This year’s NBA playoffs seem to be shaping into one of the most memorable postseasons of all time. With the absence of Lebron James, who went to the finals for eight consecutive years, the two coveted finals berths seem to be up for grabs.
The favored team to win the East was the NBA best Milwaukee Bucks, who ended the regular season with a 60-22 record. Led by MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star Khris Middleton, the Bucks dominated the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs. However, the Toronto Raptors led by superstar Kawhi Leonard have took the series 4-2.
Hopefully, the Raptors are able to dethrone the Warriors and become the new NBA champions, as most fans are tired of the Warriors dominating everybody year after year.
The Western Conference posed more of a challenge to the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who in previous years have swept their opponents with their All-Star-studded team. Headlined by unanimous MVP Stephen Curry, and former MVP Kevin Durant, the Warriors also have All Stars Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Demarcus Cousins. While it would seem a team with five All Stars would easily win a championship, injuries to Durant and Cousins have hurt the Warriors hopes of repeating as champions. Despite the injuries they beat the surging Portland Trail Blazers winning the series with a 4-0 sweep.
If the Warriors lose before or in the finals, it may prompt Durant and Thompson to leave the team via free agency to look for more money and a change of scenery. There have been many rumors of Durant parting to join the New York Knicks, who have enough money to sign two max contracts. Thompson feels slighted because he does not get to showcase his talents as much by having to share with the other All Stars on his team. If he leaves, he will split up the famous Splash Brothers, which consist of Curry and Thompson.