Where he goes, the rest are bound to follow
The NBA season finished without a great deal of excitement, but also, there were one or two surprises. Last season’s Eastern Conference representatives in the the NBA Finals failed to make a strong enough bid for a return to the NBA Playoffs, with the Miami Heat failing to secure one eight spots reserved for postseason play. Leading the way within the conference with the best record , were the surprisingly resilient Atlanta Hawks , who beat out the Cleveland Cavaliers for the right to the number one berth within the East.
Without Derrick Rose , the Chicago Bulls were still able to garner berth, with the rancor between head coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office supposedly , taking a back seat to the team’s success. GM Gar Forman and team President John Paxson , likely now left in a quandary as o whether or not, it would be in their best interest to fire a coach they still are displeased, with, but who remains beloved by the Bulls’ fans. The Chicago Bulls for their part have played with their own style, having Jimmy Butler excelling in the role of leader and at times play-maker.
Avery Bradley (0) of the Boston Celtics fights for a loose ball with LeBron James (23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game One in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on April 19, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/ Getty Images
With the NBA Playoffs now in full swing this will be the time where the heroics begin and where legacies are established by the players seen to be the leaders on the respective playoff teams. Needless to say, there are likely to be major disappointments as the playoffs get into the depth of each series.
One of the more enticing contests series in the first round of these Playoffs’ Series might well be the match-up between the Los Angeles Clippers against the defending NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs . During the regular season both of these teams were very impressive and showed the fans what they were actually capable of with a string of exhilarating displays. Now we will have to wait and see which player or group of players step up to the plate for these two powerful Western Conference foes. Game one of this best of seven-series , saw the visiting team not being able to take advantage of their host on their home-court, as the Spurs went down to the Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , California , 107-92 . Los Angeles Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers had to have been extremely pleased by what he witnessed from his players as they remained resolute to the task at hand. At the same time, it would be foolish to think that this victory firmly places the Clippers in the driver’s seat , as it would take an extremely brave individual to believe Gregg Popovich is about to allow the Spurs’ players to not regroup for their next series’ encounter by not preparing properly.
Leading the way for the Clippers in this contest , was Chris Paul with thirty-two points and seven assists. Paul is seen as the ultimate warrior and leader but above all , he commands the respect of his teammates and many of his peers around the game.
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors goes for the layup against the New Orleans Pelicans during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs on April 18, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Noah Graham /Getty Images
The Golden State Warriors are seen as the team to beat in the Western Conference during the regular season coming into the playoffs. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are the primary reasons behind the team’s stellar record and the very fact they now lead their series 1-0 after a victory over the New Orleans Pelican led by Anthony Davis . As the number one seeds in the Western Conference the Warriors should have no difficulty getting by the Pelicans, albeit, Davis will likely try to prove doubters of the Pelicans wrong. From my own standpoint , I can only see this series going as far as the Warriors want it to go and it is highly unlikely Steve Kerr and the Golden State players will be that complacent , allowing the series to stretch beyond five games.
With the Miami Heat bowing out of not making the NBA Playoffs, former Heat player LeBron James having returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers , he will now seek to lead his home team to their first NBA title. The Cavaliers were surprisingly , the number two seeds he Eastern Conference ,where the Atlanta Hawks were the top-seeded team. Cleveland opened up their postseason foray with game one against the Boston Celtics . James and his teammate Kyrie Irving made light work of the Brad Stevens’ coached Celtics in something of a lopsided victory , which wasn’t unexpected, given the lack of postseason play of this current Boston Celtics’ roster , and that of the inexperience of the coaching staff .
I fully expect the Cavaliers to sweep the Celtics in this series before meeting the winners of the contest between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. There will be dire consequences for the Cavaliers if this David Blatt coached team doesn’t make it to the NBA Finals. Added pressure was placed squarely upon the shoulders of LeBron James , the moment the franchise began to acquire a cotillion of hand-picked players sought to complement the four-time League MVP’s skill-set .
There still remains a great deal to play for , with the NBA Playoffs with the games now underway. It remains to be seen whether or not this season’s postseason foray can meet the excitement created by last season’s spectacle and the players likely to write their own legacies this postseason .
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