NBA Playoffs Update


Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder small forward and superstar, has been performing on a whole new level leading all players in points per game with 27.7.

Salvador DelVecchio, Staff Writer

This year’s NBA playoffs have been deemed “boring” and “dull,” with games decided by the blow of the whistle.  In the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers have not lost a game, sweeping both the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks.  In the West, injuries run rampant with Chris Paul suffering from a broken arm, high flying Blake Griffin out with a season ending quad injury, as well as the reigning MVP Stephen Curry suffering a sprained right knee putting the Warriors historic season at risk.

The Warriors survived the Houston Rockets, but the Clippers lost to the Trail Blazers in six games ending yet another disappointing season.  Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers advance to face the Warriors.  The Warriors didn’t have a problem with the Trail Blazers and advanced to their second straight Western Conference Finals where they will face the OKC Thunder.  In the East, there were two game sevens in which the Miami Heat and the Toronto raptors advanced.  The Raptors advanced to their first Eastern Conference Finals beating the Heat in seven games but having now to face the undefeated Cavaliers. Currently, the Cavaliers are still clobbering people, beating the Toronto Raptors by 20+ over the last two games, going up 2-0 in the series.  It was only until game three to which the Cavs lost their first postseason game in Toronto.

It’s the Western Conference finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder, who previously beat the 67-15 San Antonio Spurs in six games, and the 73-9 Golden State Warriors that are really drawing people’s attention.  The Thunder took game one in dramatic fashion on the Warrior’s home court.  In game two, the Warriors struck back pleasing the home crowd with a 27 point victory.  Game three was held back at Oklahoma City, where the Thunder dismantled the Warriors and won 133-105.  Both Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sat the fourth quarter.  It was the most points ever scored by the Thunder in a non-overtime playoff game.

It is safe to say the Cavaliers will most likely be in the finals considering they are playing their best basketball of the season.  If the Cavaliers do advance and the Warriors pull themselves out of the hole they dug for themselves, we will have an epic rematch in which the Warriors look to repeat and complete what is considered the greatest season ever by an NBA team, while Lebron and his Cavaliers, after failing expectations again and again, caught fire late and look to seek revenge and bring the first NBA title ever to “The Land.”

NBA playoff teams with the best point differential:

  1. Cleveland (+10.8)
  2. San Antonio (+9.1)
  3. Golden State (+8.4)
  4. Oklahoma City (+6.8)
  5. Miami (+3.2)

*those highlighted are currently still competing