NBA Playoffs 2019: Ranking The 10 Best Players In The Postseason


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With the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs closing their respective seasons with wins, the Warriors' first-round opponent is confirmed: They'll play the LA Clippers.

Steve Kerr's team had a 57-25 record this season and will go into the playoffs as the favored team to win the National Basketball Association championships for the third straight year. They will hold the home advantage over any other team in playoffs.

That doesn't mean Houston will suffer a shock first-round exit.

The star guard averaged just under 20 points per game in the series, as the Jazz fell short of advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals. Additionally, 11 of the 16 teams who made the playoffs a year ago have returned for seconds to try and dethrone the Warriors.

The Rockets haven't been able to get past Golden State in the postseason in three of the last four years, and last year was especially tough after Houston blew a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets path to the Conference Finals and beyond is now far more hard than it could (and arguably should) have been.

Elsewhere, the Warriors' pair of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are well used to leading their side to titles having won the last two while Boston and Philadelphia both have star-studded line ups with the likes of Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid on show.

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. The Pistons' only chance to win one of the first two games in Milwaukee is to get Antetokounmpo into foul trouble by pounding the ball down low with Griffin.

The Warriors small forward, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, is certain that it will not be a walk in the park despite their superior record. They swept the season series with Detroit 4-0. That is, of course, winning a playoff series.

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Doc Rivers has been a constant for the Clippers.

Denver defeated Golden State in their first meeting back in October but lost the remaining three regular season games, with the Warriors overtaking the early pacesetters to finish atop the West. Nikola Mirotic practiced for the first time Friday after breaking his finger. The Milwaukee Bucks should have no issues getting past the Detroit Pistons. They are looking for a fifth consecutive conference title and 11 conference title overall in franchise history. It'll be interesting to see if Toronto can go up another level in the playoffs now that he won't be sitting games like he did in the regular season.

To make matters worse for the Blazers, McCollum has just returned from injury and played just two games since March 16.

A lot of records were produced this season. Their four top minutes leaders have combined for zero playoff minutes (Jokic, Murray, Harris, Barton). The Thunder meet the Portland Trail Blazers (+5000) in the first round. Fans, analysts, players, and coaches all had their opinions about his choice, and the overwhelming majority of them are negative. If that's the case, who are the top 10 players in the 2019 playoffs?

This season, thanks to the return of Irving and Hayward, Tatum and Hayward had to adjust to different roles and bench stars like Terry Rozier had less opportunity than previous year.

The Warriors are the most talented team in this series and it starts with their future-Hall of Fame core. I think the Raptors have the best player in the entire conference, Kawhi Leonard, but he also has something no one in this conference has, that is playoff experience success. Still, this is a team that can make noise with scoring threat Bojan Bogdanovic.

That will not be enough against the Celtics. The Nuggets will have to step in when it comes to defending the three-pointer. They are just too good defensively for the young Nets, and I believe the Raptors will win the series in five games.