The Spurs' 2014 NBA Championship team featured a record nine worldwide players during the playoffs.
"I like Houston and Golden State, pending their health, as being my top two favorites", five-time victor Kobe Bryant said during a conference call to promote his new basketball analysis show "Detail" that will run on ESPN during the postseason. Oklahoma City led the entire league in both points off turnovers (18.7 per game) and second-chance points (14.9); the Thunder also paced the National Basketball Association in offensive rebounding (12.5) and steals (5.0). Even with Aldridge's revitalized play this season, the Spurs still could not defeat the Warriors, until Curry, Durant, Green and Thompson all missed the game or got hurt during it.
Seven teams in the playoffs this year average 16 years old per player or younger, and four teams have an average player age of 28 or older. The Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers have an NBA-high seven worldwide players each. Which included an impressive 21-2 run from January to late March. Both teams finished in the top 10 in defensive rating with big, tough centers inside.
Combine that with the weapons they have on offense; which the likes of Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio.
It leads to the question, do the Spurs stand a chance at ending Kerr's aspirations and the Warriors' streak? And when it comes to generating those extra possessions - and more scoring as a result - no team is more proficient than the Thunder (+3,300).
How will conference top seeds Toronto and Houston fare in postseason?
The Raptors have been rapping at the door of the NBA Finals for several years now, having lost to the Cavs in six games in the conference finals two years ago and having been swept by the Cavs last year in the semi-finals.
76ers stars, Ben Simmons and Joel Emiid. Every playoff team will receive at least $298,485 - and the payouts keep rising as teams keep advancing.
No. 1: Can LeBron get back to the finals?
Let's look at each of the first round matchups and see the storylines that could help us determine which among the teams have the advantage to go into the next round.
He said he would like to see hand checking and other more physical forms of defense reintroduced so players would have to work harder for open shots. Even with Wall being back, I don't think this Wizards team is great. They also have a frontcourt of Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas who are both at the peak of their prime. The teams split their four-game regular-season series. Or would they elect to face off against the Golden State Warriors with hopes that their injuries actually make them weaker than the Timberwolves?
The Houston Rockets rolled right through the Western Conference this season en route to a superb 65-17 record.
But the records all reset now, and the Warriors have been waiting to get the postseason started.
You heard it heard first! He's barely been challenged before the second round during his string of seven straight NBA Finals appearances, and this year should be no different.
What do you think of these bold predictions? This will allow the Rockets to win in 6.
The Philadelphia 76ers will make the Eastern Conference Finals!
IN by contrast have quietly put together a mightily impressive campaign, headlined by shooting guard Victor Oladipo and center Myles Turner, ensuring the loss of Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder has not been felt sorely.