Playoffs Begin for NBA

Posted on April 29, 2014 by

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As the regular NBA season came to an end, many teams were fighting for a playoff berth. Sixteen teams in total make the playoffs, with eight from the West region and eight from the East region.

The teams that made it then fought for the number one overall seed. The Miami Heat fell short, taking the number two seed in the East, with the Indiana Pacers earning the number one seed. The San Antonio Spurs took the number one seed in the West with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the number two seed.

After the first round of the playoffs were complete, the winning teams in the west included the Spurs, the Trailblazers, the Clippers, and the Thunder. For the East region, Atlanta, Washington, the Nets, and the Miami Heat won their first games.

“I predict the Heat and Thunder in the NBA Finals,” junior Gary Gabriel said.

There are many individual players to watch in the playoffs this year. LeBron James finished the regular season averaging 27.1 points per game. The Thunder’s Kevin Durant finished the regular season averaging 32 points per game, which is the most this season. Tony Parker would finish the season with 16.7 points per game. Blake Griffin finished the regular season averaging 24.1 points per game. Dirk Nowitzki ended the year with 21.7 points per game. James Harden for the Rockets would go on to end the regular season, averaging 25.4 points per game.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are in the race for MVP this season. Both of them had outstanding years, and it could go either way.

“I always love watching LeBron, but Kevin Durant impressed me more this season,” junior Tyler Emge said.

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