National Basketball Association playoffs preview: Storylines and predictions
14 April, 2018, 13:55 | Author: Joan Malone
But the lure of facing Whiteside - they simply don't like each other - should get him back out there as soon as possible.
Miami have been steady this term with domineering center Hassan Whiteside the focal point of their starting unit, while veteran former champion Dwyane Wade provides invaluable experience.
The NBA Finals are set to begin on May 31. They will be tested from the outset by an IN team that many thought would be rebuilding this season.
James and the Cavs play IN in the first round this season. A couple of first-round series are expected to be one-sided, but there are only a handful of matchups in which only one team seemingly has a real chance to advance to the conference semifinals. That marks the sport's most-watched regular season since 2013-14, boding well for the Finals. We can pretty much chalk this up to a more competitive regular season after the previous three years saw both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors dominate the NBA's landscape.
Story line: After rolling to the best record in the league, the Rockets get started toward what they hope could be the first championship for Mike D'Antoni, James Harden and Chris Paul.
The postseason opens Saturday and it's far from a guarantee it ends with a record fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers. And with Jimmy Butler this season, the Wolves have a better offensive rating, defensive rating, more steals per game, convert more points off turnovers, and have a much better overall record.
Since the 1983-84 season, winners of Game 1 have gone on to win the series 79 percent of the time.
The Trail Blazers hit a lull entering the playoffs, losing four of their six games in April, though they rounded off the regular season with a victory against the Utah Jazz.
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Season series: Split, 2-2. However, led by two superstars who are infamously bad in playoff situations, there is no real assurance that Houston will even be able to handle this Minnesota team.
National Basketball Association fans in France and Australia will have more reason to follow the postseason than others with seven players from each country on squad lists, followed by Canada and Spain with four.
Key matchup: Lillard and CJ McCollum vs. Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. In just his first year in the league, he has drawn comparisons to the likes of James and Magic Johnson, and is sure to be one of the league's premier talents for years to come.
"There was quite a bit at stake", Ellis said of his selection.
Depending on how long Cleveland's postseason lasts, James also has a shot at passing Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3-pointers; he's 55 shy of taking over the No. 1 spot there.
According to police, Steven Pladl tracked down his daughter and her adoptive father after driving through the night on Wednesday. Knightdale police also found a baby boy at the couple's home, who was reportedly born in September 2017 , according to CBS 17.
DeGeneres warned him that such a lofty dream would take years to accomplish, but apparently not in the age of the internet. Other performers also got the chance to perform for the crowd, which was incredibly responsive despite the odd venue.
The Italian is expected to leave the club at the end of the season after a disappointing second season at Stamford Bridge . And Alonso, who won his first Spain cap last month, admitted: 'It is hard for us to finish in the top four now.
Human rights groups have said soldiers can only use lethal force if they face an apparent imminent threat to their lives. Several thousand people gathered on Friday (Saturday NZT) at one of the tent camps, east of Gaza City .
Finally, Neumann Capital Management LLC grew its position in JPMorgan Chase by 0.4% in the second quarter. The shares were sold at an average price of $112.33, for a total value of $1,991,498.57. (NYSE: JPM ).
Tainted bootleg alcohol killed 82 people near Indonesia's capital last week, and hospitalized dozens more, Reuters reports. According to Syafruddin, no less than 12 people have been arrested for selling bootleg liquor in West Java and Jakarta .
Kono had a dinner meeting hosted by Kang, where they continued conversing about various issues including North Korea. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono arrives at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul on Tuesday.