Warriors start playoff road, without LeBron at the end


The Pistons, who didn't clinch a playoff berth until the fight night of the season, are 4-0 against the Bucks in the postseason.

The seasons saw records set, new stars rise and some veterans retire. Russell Westbrook also managed to average a triple-double throughout the season again. One face that Bucks fans might be glad to see is Thon Maker, who was part of the three-way deadline deal that landed Nikola Mirotic in Milwaukee.

San Antonio is in the postseason for a record-tying 22nd consecutive season.

We've long known that the 24-year-old Antetokounmpo is a creature of habit and that's certainly on display in the lengthy look into what goes into his pre-game preparations and exercises that ESPN's Malika Andrews revealed in her great piece on the leading MVP candidate.

If Harden scores 182 in the playoffs, that will give him a total of 3,000 - and he would be the 10th player in National Basketball Association history to score that many in a full season, postseason included. The score remained close between the two teams, but Giannis singlehandedly led the team to victory by scoring 45 points on 22 attempts along with 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks.

The two-time defending champions are still the team to beat.

James moved up again. Futures bets are usually made available on both the team- and player-level. The Rockets shoot threes at an unprecedented rate, while Utah is the best in the league at limiting 3-point attempts. This leaves the door wide open for teams in the Eastern Conference to have their shot at the finals without having to go through The King.

Los Angeles realizes the challenges of winning in such an imposing venue. The regular season's best team Milwaukee largely have the commentator's nightmare Giannis Antentokoumpo to thank for their impressive campaign.

The 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season was one for the books for the Milwaukee Bucks, who will enter the playoffs as the number one overall seed and the only team to eclipse the 60-win mark during the regular season.

Durant came to the Warriors after eight seasons with the Thunder. The Lakers were the second seed in the Western Conference but did not lose a single game en route to the Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, in which they recovered from defeat in Game 1 to breeze to a second successive title. Also, guys like Sterling Brown and Tony Snell will see extended minutes until Brogdon returns and have shown the ability to step up when called upon. While the 76ers possess a great deal of talent, they have yet to put it all together and the players still have not found or accepted the roles on the team.

No. 3 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (53-29) vs. The Toronto Raptors finished two games behind them while the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers comfortably finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. "I just want to play great basketball every second I'm on the court, and that was a flawless opportunity for me to do so". He is unlike any player the league has seen before, an ultra-athletic slasher with a 7-foot-3-inch wingspan who can dish out passes easily and bully even the most dominant centers in the paint. The last time they played was back on January 29, 2019, in Detroit with the Bucks cruising to a 10-point win behind a near triple-double from the Greek Freak.

Dallas said farewell to Dirk, but Doncic brought hope to the city.

Teams get an additional $384,930 for winning a first-round series.

The Greek Freak is one of the favourites for the MVP crown after averaging 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

The only potential obstacles standing in the Warriors' way seem to be Curry's foot - the team have said his ankle injury is not serious, but that situation should be monitored - or a boredom with domination so deep that they loaf their way to a shocking upset.