Early Offense: Vol. 5
Round Two. One of the beauties of the NBA playoffs is that it often crowns a “true champion”, i.e. the better team usually wins a series and ultimately, the championship. We seem to be headed on the same path this year. After a first round full of drama and upset potential, the higher seeds flexed their collective muscles and advanced to the second round. The one “upset” of the first round saw the 5th seeded Utah Jazz defeat the 4th seeded Los Angeles Clippers in seven games. Given the first few weeks of playoff basketball, the second round has a lot to live up to, but looking at these match-ups, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Fab Five: Round One. Speaking of the first round, some stars shined brighter than the rest. Some are familiar faces and others used the first round as a coming out party. Jonathan Ebrahimi tells you who is his starting five from the first round.
What’s your fantasy? Now that we are on to the second round, what match-ups are you most excited to see? Does Utah have the size and scoring to match-up with Golden State? Can Cleveland flip the switch against Toronto? And San Antonio versus Houston in the Battle for Texas? Just get all the emojis ready for that one. No matter which series you’re following, we’ve got you covered. Dicky Fung and Jonathan Ebrahimi preview the Cavaliers and Raptors respectively, while Joseph Thiel tells you what we learned about the Rockets headed into their series against the Spurs. And of course, the latest NBA Outlet Pod drops some knowledge and gives you a preview of all the series headed into Round Two. Have a listen here.
Let me see ya grill! And finally, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas led his team to a 123-111 win over the Washington Wizards in Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals, finishing with 33 points and one less tooth courtesy of an inadvertent elbow from Wizards forward Otto Porter. Even though he looks more like a Bruin than a Celtic, it is good to see IT4 smiling again.