2017 NBA Playoffs

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  1. Twisted

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    The playoffs started this past weekend and there's already been a couple surprises over the weekend in the East with my Bucks winning in Toronto and the Bulls winning in Boston.

    Out West there was maybe a minor upset with the Jazz winning in LA but that series figured to be a tossup.

    For the first round I figured the Bulls-Celtics would be a heck of a series which you really never say with a 1 vs. 8 matchup but the Bulls came in hot and the Celts are probably the worst #1 seed I've ever seen. After yesterday it really feels like a tossup. Despite the big win by the Bucks on Saturday I still think Toronto takes it in 5 or 6 but I'm glad to see that Milwaukee is probably going to make this an interesting series. With Lowry back the Raps are healthy and they are very well-rounded now with the additions of Ibaka and Tucker. Very tough defensively, solid rebounding, good shooters and guys who can get to the hole.

    If Lowry wasn't hurt so much this year they'd have been the #1 seed with a serious chance of making the finals IMO. And the reason I say that is Cleveland is way more vulnerable. Their defense sucks and Lebron is a part of that defensive problem. He played a lot of minutes and he had to concentrate a lot more on offense to try to help Cavs win a bunch of shootouts. With his mileage there's no way he can still be a lock down defender while dominating on offense. It will be interesting to see what kind of switch they can flip and whether or not it will be enough.

    Out West there is no drama. The Spurs are great as always but there's no way they beat Golden State especially now that Durant is on the team. I think Durant is the only player they really have no answer for, just too great of a scorer even for Leonard and co. to handle and obviously there are plenty of other scoring threats. If it's Golden State vs. anyone but Cleveland it is a barbecue. If it's Golden State vs. Cleveland and the latter shows that the regular season was ALL about coasting then it will be a good series but Warriors still take it.
     
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    Bucks are a handful. The Greek Freak is a nightmare match up. Raps could not buy a basket in the third game but I am hoping they will be back for game 4. But even if Bucks won the series I would not be too upset. They are a young and exciting team and I feel my Raps did the best they could do last year by reaching the Eastern finals and taking that to 6 games.
     
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    Bucks are playing awful today. This was their chance in this series IMO. The winner today wins the series and they're playing low energy on both ends at home.

    Middleton is an asset but sometimes he can be downright terrible. Ideally he is the 3rd scoring option and he would be if Parker was healthy but sadly that's something that is unlikely to ever have happen again.
     
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    Pathetic performance, this looks like your typical Bucks. Haven't won a playoff series since 2001.
     
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