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The first round of the playoffs is officially underway and we already have a lot of storylines and surprises. We will run through those matchups and give our reactions to how the series are playing out so far as of May 29th 2021. These reactions were made before the Saturday games of the 29th.
Wizards vs Magic
As of right now the series is going as we expected. The 76ers dominating and Joel Embiid leading the way. The Wizards barely made the playoffs off of Beal and Westbrook and that lack of depth is showing here in the playoffs. To beat a team like the 76ers you need a supporting cast around Beal and Westbrook.
Nets vs Celtics
As of right now the series is going as we expected also. The Nets have a 2-0 lead heading to Boston for two games. We have Boston barely grabbing one of these home games then getting eliminated in Brooklyn. The big 3 healthy is doing damaged and the Celtics defense without Jaylen Brown has been lackluster as well as the scoring. Game 3 at TD Garden the Celtics came alive as Tatum scored 50, Marcus Smart scored 20+, and Tristan Thompson delivered a double double with Robert Williams being out. They will need to play like this more and to have Kemba be more consistent if they wanna win this series.
Bucks vs Heat
We thought this series would be way more competitive but the Bucks are handling business as they are exercising their playoff demons. They also lost guard Donte Divicenzo in the process which could be costly down the stretch. As for the Heat this isn’t the same team that went on a magical run last year. Jimmy Butler has been playing poorly and so has Tyler Herro. This series might be a quick one in our opinion.
Knicks vs Hawks
We can’t wait for the series to head to the A. The Knicks hosted the first two games and their fans were wildly disrespectful. One of them even got banned by spitting on Trae Young and even got some spit on 50 Cent’s wife. With all that being said HAWKS in 6!!!!!!! Derrick Rose saved the Knicks in game 2 while Randle struggled yet again. In game 3 Julius Randle disappeared once again as Trae Young led the Hawks to a much needed home win.
Jazz vs Grizzlies
All we can say is Ja Morant has been having a great week or two but it won’t be enough for a young and inexperienced Grizzlies team. As long as Donovan Mitchell is back the Jazz should handle this series. Morant put up an amazing 47 point performance but in a loss. The young Grizzlies are just not ready yet to compete.
Suns vs Lakers
The Lakers started off slow as DeAndre Ayton outplayed all the Lakers bigs in game 1. Game 2 was completely different as AD and Drummond played amazing as well as Bron. Also the CP3 shoulder injury will be significant. The handle, shooting, and playmaking won’t be the same for the Suns.
Nuggets vs Blazers
PLEASE GET THIS MAN DAME LILLARD SOME HELP!!!!! Him and CJ can’t do it alone but we are afraid to say that CJ might have to go to help rebuild that team. The Nuggets with Jokic has been great with Murray out. The Blazers need to improve their defense if they want to keep this series competitive.
Clippers vs Mavericks
WE ARE SHOCKED!!!!!! Luka Doncic is putting in work against the Clippers who were believed to be a good defensive team but getting smoked by the Mavs and Porzingis isnt even playing that well. Could we see Kawhi exiting LA just as fast as he came in if the Clippers lose? The Clippers finally showed up in game 3 as they played in Texas. Can they ride this new found momentum to win the series?
Those are our reactions to the first round so far we will be back to give you our second round predictions once that round is set up! Thank you for reading and make sure you share it after!!!!