Capsules for the first-round NBA playoff series in the Eastern and Western Conferences: EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22) vs. No. 8 DETROIT PISTONS (41-41) Season series: Bucks, 4-0 Story line: After rolling to the NBA’s best record, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks open against a team they toyed with on their way to Milwaukee’s first 60-win season since 1980-81. The NBA’s highest-scoring team swept Detroit for the first time, averaging 114.5 points and winning by 14.8 per game. The Pistons, who didn’t clinch a playoff berth until the fight night of the season, are 4-0 against the Bucks in the postseason. Key matchup: Brook Lopez vs. Andre Drummond. The 7-foot Lopez may spend much of his time on offense out on the perimeter shooting 3-pointers, but there’s work to do around the basket defensively against the NBA’s leading rebounder, who grabbed 15.6 boards per game. Prediction: Bucks in 4. No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (58-24) vs. No. 7 … [Read more...] about What to watch for in NBA playoffs: 1st-round series previews
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Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins will be going up against himself on Saturday night -- at least on TV.The Warriors tip off in the NBA playoffs at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in the opener of a best-of-seven first-round series. ABC will television the game.At 7 p.m. Saturday on Showtime, "The Resurgence" will air. The documentary details Cousins' comeback from an Achilles tendon tear. During his fourth straight season as an NBA All-Star, Cousins suffered the injury on Jan. 26, 2018, while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. The former LeFlore High School star returned to the court on Jan. 18 with Golden State.“It quickly went from ‘Why me?’ to ‘What is it preparing me for?’” Cousins told complex.com about his injury and the rehabilitation process. "Once I kind of developed that mindset, that’s when things started rolling for me in a more positive way and I kind of got my momentum behind me to push … [Read more...] about DeMarcus Cousins in NBA playoffs, Showtime documentary at same time
The NBA season is over and the Sixers know who they will be facing in the first round of the playoffs — the Brooklyn Nets.The Sixers (51-31) are the 3-seed in the Eastern Conference while the Nets (42-40) are the 6-seed.Here are 5 things to know about the Sixers’ matchup with the Nets. Latest NBA Mock Draft 2019: Zion Williamson to Knicks? Ja Morant or RJ Barrett at No. 2? Sixers get ACC wing? The NCAA Championship Game between Virginia and Texas Tech is over and now attention is turned toward the 2019 NBA Draft. Will the New York Knicks pick Duke's Zion Williamson first? Where will Murray State's Ja Morant, Duke's RJ Barrett and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver be picked? 1. Joel Embiid isn’t a lock to play Game 1: It might’ve just been Sixers general manager Elton Brand playing coy, but given the chance to update Embiid’s status for Game 1, he opted instead to skirt actually answering whether Embiid would play. PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck did a … [Read more...] about Sixers vs Nets in NBA Playoffs: 5 things to know about the matchup
When Nuggets center Nikola Jokic got ejected with two quick technical fouls late in the fourth quarter against Indiana, I think ref Tony Brothers had money on the game and needed the Pacers to at least cover. D.W., Denver Kiz: After getting run by a ref who needs to invest in some underwear that doesn’t chafe, Jokic spoke the truth about the NBA whistle: “It’s not equal for everybody.” Fair or not, Jokic won’t get as favorable a whistle as Kevin Durant, James Harden or Paul George in the playoffs. Rather than complain, coach Michael Malone needs to drill it in Joker’s head that no atrocity by a ref is worth getting tossed from a playoff game. The Nuggets need a coach who knows how to use point guard Isaiah Thomas. I guarantee Celtics coach Brad Stevens could get meaningful minutes out of Thomas right now. He’s not perfect, but he can play. David C., The C is for contrarian Kiz: Thomas is broken. No NBA coach can fix his hip. Once Allen … [Read more...] about Kickin’ it with Kiz: Toughest foe for Nuggets star Nikola Jokic in NBA playoffs? Hint: It won’t be Kevin Durant or James Harden.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Rose is interviewed after he scored 50 points, a career high, against the Utah Jazz in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 128-125. (Associated Press) Derrick Rose fought back tears moments after he scored a career-high 50 points in a performance that clinched the win for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 128-125 on Wednesday in Minneapolis. His teammates swarmed the 2011 NBA MVP on the court as the final buzzer sounded. "It still didn't even hit me yet," Rose said. "Words can't explain how I feel right now. It's been a while." Rose, who had been derailed by injuries for years, walked off with the crowd cheering "MVP! MVP!" “This is the first year in five years he didn’t have to go through rehab in the summer,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis. “I know the person he is. I know the … [Read more...] about Derrick Rose fights back tears after career-high 50 points in Timberwolves’ NBA win