With just two weeks left in NBA season, which team will make the proverbial push for the NBA Championship, will it be the Golden State Warriors winning their fourth in five years, or will there be a new kid on the block? Well, when I look at both the East and the West I see a lot of good teams, let’s start with the East, The Milwaukee Bucks the top seed in the East had been fighting tooth and nail with the Toronto Raptors to see who would end up being the top dog in the Eastern Conference, Milwaukee has proved they are going to be a threat when it comes time for the playoffs, but there are other teams in the conference likely to give them a run for their money like the Toronto Raptors. The offseason for the Raptors was one filled with surprises and a lot of speculation, after trading their franchise player in Demar DeRozan, along with Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick, for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The Raptors weren’t sure which Kawhi they were getting, would he come to Toronto or would he sit out the entire 2019 season, would he leave after this season, well I think all those questions should be put to bed after the playoffs. Now we shouldn’t forget about the other eastern playoff teams like the Celtics, Pacers, 76ers and Nets, I feel each of these teams have qualities that make that unique and also make them potential threats in the playoffs, but if I had to pick one of these underdogs to make some noise in the playoffs, it would be the 76ers, for one reason Joel Embiid.
Now let’s take a closer look at the Western Conference, and see who could challenge the Warriors for the Title of Champion: The Houston Rockets: We all know about James the Beard Harden and how effective he is offensively scoring 50 points the last 3 games, he could single handedly push the Rockets into the Finals, but I feel even with Chris Paul and Clint Capela and Eric Gordon, the Rockets still need one more piece to give the Warriors trouble. Oklahoma City Thunder: They’ve been an up and down team for a long time, but after signing Dennis Schroder, and re-signing Paul George I feel they could make a strong push to get into the finals, and the reason say that is cause, after such a long time they have what I would consider all the pieces to be a champion. San Antonio Spurs: With Tony Parker going to the Hornets and Manu Ginobli retiring my first thought was they are in rebuild mode, it didn’t take along though, in the offseason they went out and got Demar Derozan Jakob poeltl and a first round pick, but the spurs also had other pieces already in place like Lamarcus Aldridge, Derrick White and Rudy Gay, will that be enough for them to contend for a championship hard to say there are teams like Utah, Denver, and the Clippers who are maybe not contenders but will be teams to be a challenge in the playoffs. We will have to wait when the road to the NBA Finals starts April 13, 2019.