Kevin Durant Blasts His Haters For Questioning His Move To Warriors

Kevin Durant Blasts His Haters For Questioning His Move To Warriors

Sky Sports will have a selection of first-round fixtures live as well as games from the late rounds when they are announced. The Pistons' offense takes a nose dive without Griffin and even with the mismatch inside of Andre Drummond, it won't be enough for the Pistons to overcome the onslaught from the Bucks' offense.

Unfortunately for Portland, Jusuf Nurkic's injury will be more impactful than it was to close out the season.

But the Toronto Raptors shouldn't be taken lightly.

Season series is tied 2-2 between the two. The Warriors may need to get by scoring champion James Harden and the Rockets, who took them to a seventh game past year in the conference finals, just to get back to that round this time. Nikola Mirotic practiced for the first time Friday after breaking his finger. Speaking of, Kawhi has quietly been having an incredible season, averaging 27, 7, 3, with 50%, 37%, and 85%.

Every playoff team is assured of some of the pie, which is often used to fund bonuses for players and team staff. The 76ers were 51-31 overall this season with a 31-10 record at home and a 20-21 record on the road.

Story line: The 76ers loaded up for a postseason run, making trades during the regular season to acquire Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. Brooklyn is a playoff team for the first time since 2015 and Orlando is back for the first time since 2012. Have proved very hard to beat in Toronto in recent years. Simmons is speedy but not much of a shooter, while Russell does most of his damage from the perimeter.

Boston is the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference after putting up a 49-33 record this season.

This series will show an unstoppable offensive team and a great defensive juggernaut. Neither team is particularly potent so needs to rely on being solid defensively.

The defending champions' defensive rating (108.3) is 11th in the National Basketball Association this season.

The Golden State Warriors start their National Basketball Association playoffs campaign looking to join an elite group of teams by winning their third successive title. The Raptors suffered at the hands of LeBron James in recent years, including being swept a year ago by his Cavaliers in the East semifinals, but that is a problem they do not have to worry about in 2019 (enjoy watching the playoffs, LeBron!). He's not going to outscore or outshoot Curry.

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Who are biggest threats for the Warriors to lift their third consecutive championship?

HEALTHY STEPH: Curry wasn't even healthy when the 2018 playoffs began.

While the Nuggets and Spurs are technically a 2-7 matchup, this feels much more like a 4-5 brawl. In the postseason, Curry is about to become No. 1. Another case for the Nets is that Kenny Atkinson will likely out-coach Brett Brown over the course of the series. Here's the experience factor again: Malone has been on the sideline for zero playoff games as a head coach, while Popovich has coached 277. Jordan was MVP and Finals MVP for a second successive year as the Portland Trail Blazers were vanquished. It didn't come without drama though, as both Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected. We know what we have in the Blazers, and we've seen what Damian Lillard can do in the playoffs.

These two teams have history dating back to 2014, when Golden State took the Clippers to seven games in the first-round playoff season. The addition of Rodney Hood and Enes Kanter. Assume the biggest stars on both sides will be stars. Taking him out to the perimeter and forcing him to defend pick and roll is really the way to play him out of a series.

No. 4 Houston Rockets vs.

In the case of futures bets, a "minus" sign would be placed next to a team or player that has a higher probability of reaching the statistical goal.

Leonard enters these playoffs with a 32-game streak of double-digit postseason outings, averaging 24.1 points in those contests.

We saw this matchup in the second round last season, and the Rockets won in 5.

The teams are meeting in the first round again. Not to mention Donovan Mitchell has been on another level.

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