10 Thoughts Preview of the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs.

The NBA Playoffs start tomorrow and I had 10 things I am thinking about as they are getting started. These are not predictions or what others have written getting ready for the playoffs. Just thoughts that popped in my head when I thought of each matchup.

  1. I always have to remind myself that Chris Paul is a future Hall of Famer. I always thought he was a good little point guard, but I guess I have never seen a game that makes me think this guys is the best point guard in the NBA.
  2. I have heard that Andrew Wiggins is scared of the moment and I want to see if he will shrink or step-up in the playoffs. If Minnesota has any hope of upsetting the Rockets, Wiggins has to rise to the moment.
  3. When it comes to Golden State vs. San Antonio, Klay Thompson is going to be the X-factor for this series. I don’t think KD will be enough. The Warriors are going to need Thompson to drop bombs on the Spurs.
  4. Will Playoff Rondo make an appearance in the series between the Blazers and the Pelicans. Rondo has the uncanny habit of taking his game up four and five levels in the playoffs. I remember when Rondo was the best player for the Celtics during the playoffs even with the Big Three on the court. He made an appearance last year for Chicago; who may have upset the Celtics if Rondo didn’t get injured. I would love to see Rondo outplay Dame Lillard and Anthony Davis and lead his team to the 2nd round.
  5. Carmelo Anthony is going to be the difference between whether OKC wins their first round series with the Jazz or not. Much as he has been the X-factor all season, Melo will be attacked by the Jazz on defense and OKC will need him to hit the open three pointers the Jazz are going to give him.
  6. Will the Raptors continue their streak of losing Game 1’s? They have lost 10 straight Game 1’s. Washington has enough talent to stretch the streaak to 11 if they can put things together for a couple of games.
  7. Do the Wizards like John Wall? I am not sure the rest of his team like him right now. A great series from Wall could help his teammates warm up to him.
  8. The best match-up in the Eastern Conference is The Greek Freak against Brad Stevens.
  9. I know Playoff Lebron will show up and try to make another appearance in the Finals. I just wonder if the Cavs can play enough defense to get him there. They are 29th in the league in defense.
  10. I wonder if Tristan Thompson’s infidelities brought bad ju-ju to the Cavs. However he left his then pregnant girlfriend for Khloe in 2015 and the Cavs won the Finals that season. So maybe this is good for the Cavs.

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