By Matthew Jones, Sabrina Solla, Benjamin Rabinowitz
MAY 21, 2019
Now that all 82 games for each team in the NBA have passed, it is finally time for the NBA Playoffs. The top eight teams from each conference will face off to determine the 2018-19 NBA champions.
The first day of the playoffs, April 13, had some exciting games. The Orlando Magic played against the Toronto Raptors. The game came down to the wire with a score of 101 to 101. Orlando’s DJ Augustin had the ball outside the 3-point line, and with four seconds left he made the game winning shot. This gave the Magic the 104-101 win.
The team that ruled the first round of the playoffs were the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks went 4-0 and dominated the Detroit Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the leading scorer in all four games. The eight teams that moved on were the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, and Denver Nuggets.
One of the higher intensity games of round two was the matchup between the Rockets and Warriors. In last year’s playoffs these two teams faced off in the conference finals. The series was a toss up with both teams fighting hard to win. Eventually in game seven the Warriors won the series 4 to 3. This year the Rockets tried to change things and they fought hard to do so.
When the dust cleared, the teams that moved into the conference finals were the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and the Milwaukee Bucks. In the Eastern Conference Finals the Toronto Raptors will face off against the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the Western Conference Finals the Golden State Warriors will go up against the Portland Trail Blazers.
So far it’s been a very exciting playoff series, but who will win it all? The Warriors are working towards earning their third NBA Championship in a row, but the other three teams are out to stop them.