We are down to the final four teams in the NBA Playoffs, in the Eastern Conference Finals we have the Toronto Raptors, who played and won a hard-fought series against the Philadelphia 76ers, with Kawhi Leonard hitting was is being called a buzzer-beater in game 7 that game with victory to the Toronto Raptors and the opportunity to once again play in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The only difference this time is the Raptors are not playing Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are playing the number one seed in the East the Milwaukee Bucks led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, in the last series against the 76ers, Toronto solely relied on Kawhi for the offence that can not be that case in this series, everyone has to contribute from Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, to guys like Marc Gasol.
More importantly, the bench players for the Sixers series have to step up and contribute just as much as the starter because Milwaukee is a team if given the opportunity they will pick you apart and make you look like a G-league team, the Piston, Milwaukee’s first-round opponent found that out very quickly.
So if I were Nick Nurse and the Raptors, I would not take the Bucks lightly; I would make sure that everyone is on the same page and is ready to go to battle and have a winning mentality.
The second of the final four are the Portland Trail Blazers taking on the defending NBA Champs in the Golden State Warriors. When we look at the season series between these two teams they were evenly matched with each team winning 2 games apiece but being that these are the playoffs I would have to give a slight edge to the Warriors, now the only difference is that for the first two games of this series there will be now Kevin Durant, as he is still suffering a right calf strain and will be re-evaluated this coming Thursday.
But I feel even without Durant the Warriors can still beat the Blazers, it probably sounds like I am not giving the Blazers a chance in this series, well that is not the case at all I just feel that the Warriors even without Kevin Durant they have always found a way to win.
But I also think that the Blazers, who took the Nuggets to seven games, definitely have the firepower to do the same to the Warriors. Still, at the end of the day, whether this series is a long one or not I still see the Warriors coming out as victors of this.
It’s too bad though because I think Portland has what it takes to be a champion.