Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

National Basketball Association players that must step up in playoffs

National Basketball Association players that must step up in playoffs

Stern senior Jay Sanghvi believes Antetokounmpo deserves the award over Harden because of his huge impact on the Bucks team.

The following seasons produced much more dramatic Finals experiences.

Nickel: Eric Bledsoe has the athleticism, instincts and personality to take on anyone on defense: Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at the traits and abilities that make Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe such a willing, gifted defender and how he's been able to utilize his skill set on that side of the floor under head coach Mike Budenholzer. That night, he paired his scoring output with 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals as he helped lead the Rockets back from a 12-point deficit that loomed over them as they entered the fourth quarter. Brown improved enormously after the All-Star break, raising his three-point shooting percentage by nearly 10 per cent. The teams finished 32 attempts beyond the arc for each game. Meanwhile, D'Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert are averaging 21 and 19 points per game respectively.

James shocked the league when he chose to move to the Lakers last summer.

Below is a look at the National Basketball Association playoff bracket and the complete schedule for first-round games, along with viewing information.

At the age of 34, James proved that he is still one of the best players on the planet, averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists this season.

As for Los Angeles, offensively, the Dubs will be focused on shutting down Lou Williams.

The East's top seeds are the Milwaukee Bucks (60-22), who are without guard Malcolm Brogdon for their series against the Detroit Pistons (41-41) tomorrow.

The Bucks may have the best record in the National Basketball Association, but the team has been bounced out of the first round of the playoffs in three of the last four seasons since Giannis Antetokounmpo became a starter, with the exception being the 2015-16 season when they didn't even make playoffs. That's why he came to the Warriors as a free agent.

Story line: Golden State's quest for a third straight championship comes against a Clippers team that is playing with house money and no pressure whatsoever.

Toronto is hoping that Leonard can rekindle his typical postseason magic in his playoff return. The Pistons are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but they haven't been a true title contender since the 2007-08 season when they lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference FInals.

A skilful big man who can do it all. The Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets, the Oklahoma City Thunder all have the ambition and capacity to beat the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

On Sunday, the overall No. 1 seed Bucks face No. 8 Detroit, and No. 4 Boston hosts No. 5 IN in the East.

COUSINS' CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, and after returning from a devastating injury - he missed almost a year recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered last season with New Orleans. This time around, Milwaukee is finally the team with home-court advantage and is facing the Pistons, who barely reached the.500 mark on the last day of the season. The German star was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2011. If Griffin is healthy, he and Drummond are two powerful forces down low.

This season witnessed the retirement of the jerseys of Chris Bosh and Manu Ginobili. This will be the most important playoff appearance to date. Antetokounmpo will likely have to defend Griffin assuming he starts and plays, which is not a great matchup for your best player.

Instead, the loss to the Thunder saw them drop down to the fourth seed and a unsafe first-round series against the Utah Jazz, who have won 32 of the 45 games they have played since January 1 and boast the NBA's second-best defensive rating (conceding 105.7 points per 100 possessions).

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