The NBA playoffs begin

Written by DaMichael Jackson-Helm sports writer
April 13, 2017

The NBA’s regular season has finally ended.

Now, after all the sadness, the game winners, the victories, the losses, the bruises, the injuries, and the many obstacles that every team and players faces, have finally paid off for the eight teams of both the Western and Eastern Conference as they are now capable of fighting for a chance at the championship.

Starting at 3 p.m. on April 15 the NBA playoffs begin, and we’ll see who comes out of their respective conferences to win a NBA championship.

In the West, the match up is between Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors and Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. And then we have Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs battling Marc Gasol the Memphis Grizzlies. Next we have the battle of MVP candidates with James Harden and the Houston Rockets taling on Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last match up in the West is between Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz.

In the East, Isiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics are taking on Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls. Then LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers will take on Paul George and the Indiana Pacers. The next match up in the East is DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors taking on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. The last match up is John Wall and the Washington Wizards battling Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks.

The postseason is starting up and we should expect the games to be closer than normal. The players push themselves to the limit and the referees are a lot more relaxed with calls. That means the games will also become more physical as every team will play their hearts out to not only move on from the semi-finals and conferences finals to play in the NBA Finals, and win a championship for their team and themselves. The real season has begun and we will see players play completely differently from how they play in the regular season.