It’s NBA playoff time again and basketball fans will be glued in front of their televisions once again trying to figure who the winners will be while enjoying some of the greatest games in history.
Gone are Kobe, Shaq, MJ and many other greats but returning are Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Dirk Nowitzki, Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, C. J. McCollum and the list goes on.
Most of these are young guns new to long time NBA fans but just as exciting as the gunslingers of old. But the new NBA is geared more toward teams than individuals, and there’s more than scoring in the paint. Yes LeBron and Steph are still superstars and their teams will go only as far as they lead them, but without an entire team effort on both offense and defense one individual is not going to do it alone no matter how great LeBron, Steph and Kawhi are.
In the West the four teams to beat are the Golden State Warriors, 73-9; the San Antonio Spurs, 67-15; Oklahoma Thounder, 55-27; and the Los Angeles Clippers, 53-29. Yes, the Clippers.
Even though the Warriors are heavy favorites, anyone of these teams could win it all.
The record breaking Warriors open against the Houston Rockets, 41-41. Leading the Warriors are: Curry, 30.1; Klay Thompson, 22.1. Draymond Green 14 points 9.5 rebounds; Harrison Barnes 11.7, and six other outstanding players who blend their talents beautifully with the stars. Leading the Rockets are James Harden, 29; Dwight Howard, 13.7 and whoever steps up in each game. Look for a sweep by the Warriors.