5 Best NBA Playoffs Stories So Far

It’s been an entertaining postseason so far, with these being a few of the key storylines that have captured people’s attentions:

1. The MVP showdown between Russell Westbrook and James Harden…

…was a swift one, as expected. Houston have clearly been the better team all season long, with Harden getting better help and production from his guys than Westbrook. The 4-1 result pretty much exposed what everyone already knew, that no matter how many more triple doubles Westbrook puts up, OKC simply are not in a good enough position to compete.

2. The Greek Freak is gone, but has definitely arrived…

…though the Bucks have now barren knocked out, they sure as hell gave the Raptors a scare, and put the rest of the league on notice. Giannis Antetokoumpo was just plain scary all series long, doing a little (or a lot) of everything, and the Raptors just didn’t have an answer. With playoff experience under their belts, and Jabari Parker hopefully making a return next season, the Bucks may be ready to take that next step and become a contender in the East for the next few years.

3. Celtics rally around Isaiah Thomas…

…in an emotional series, with Thomas losing his sister just before Game 1, Boston may have been caught up in the moment as they stumbled out the gates and lost 2 games at home to the Bulls and looked like they were about to be the second 1st seeded team in history to get knocked out by an 8th seed. Since then, the team have rallied around Isaiah and stormed back to take the next 3 games. With spirits now high and momentum in their favor, the Celtics look set to close out the Bulls in 6.

4. Hawks – Wizards go old school NBA…

…it’s been a while since we’ve had a physical, tense series between two teams who genuinely hate each other and seem ready to go at it at any moment. Atlanta and Washington have been real physically with reach other, with countless scrambles, knees, elbows, shoves and tangles throughout. Paul Millsap and Markieff Morris have been the biggest culprits. There hasn’t been an old-school 80’s Pistons or 90’s Knicks all-out brawl yet, nor will it be likely to happen, but this series has been kind of a throwback to the good old days.

5. Lob City is no more…

…and once more the Clippers find themselves imploding in the playoffs. With Blake Griffin suffering a playoff-ending injury and Rudy Gobert returning for the Jazz, this series is pretty much over. It’s like Donald Sterling has put a curse on the organization after being ousted as owner…put together the best roster in team history, but you can never have all of them healthy when it counts.

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