Antetokounmpo named Eastern Conference Player of the Month

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

It includes Denver, in the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

Sorry Detroit fans, but this won't be much of a series. And we don't mean "Milwaukee" for the M.

Giannis' performance mirrored his efforts throughout the season.

Credit to Mike Budenholzer, and, of course, Giannis. But then, just as the team's roster was hit with an injury crisis and a playoff spot was falling out of reach, Harden caught fire and went on a historic run that will be remembered for years to come. They don't see much drama or a point in even watching the playoffs anymore because they think they know the outcome. OKC swept the series - winning twice by nine points, once by two and the other in overtime. The Warriors Death Sentence is now looming over their season. They were 35-17 in conference games as well. That's what sets Durant apart and made him such an elite addition to Golden State. Additionally, 11 of the 16 teams who made the playoffs a year ago have returned for seconds to try and dethrone the Warriors. That means each 100 possessions with Kawhi on the court, the Raptors average 119 points for and 105 against, a net rating of 14. With All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons already in place along with JJ Redick, they built what may be not only the strongest starting five in the East but also one of the best in the National Basketball Association. His completely team-oriented brand of play has produced an astounding number of wins and is his strongest case to win the award. Coach Nate McMillan deserves a lot of credit, too.

As the post-season begins, Pundit Arena breaks down everything you need to know ahead of this year's National Basketball Association playoffs.

"Probably my favorite place to play so far my rookie year, just because of the atmosphere", Clippers rookie Landry Shamet said. "I wanted to be a part of that", Durant added.

Toronto is the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston has been everything but consistent during the regular season and lack defensive tenacity without Smart.

Season series: Tied, 2-2. However, I'm still picking the Warriors until someone proves otherwise. "I plan on taking full advantage of it". The series might be decided by which side can defend the rim better. It'll also be fun to watch DeMar DeRozan in the playoffs again, but without LeBron in his path. In Kyrie Irving they have a proven postseason performer, someone who helped the Cavaliers rally from 3-1 down to beat the Warriors in 2016, plus a supporting cast that allows coach Brad Stevens to adapt to opposing teams and a hot hand.

Where Can I Watch In Ireland? Let's break this down.

Key matchup: Simmons vs. D'Angelo Russell.

It has widely been assumed that this will be Durant's last season in Golden State. And Jimmy Butler has been a great closer for Philly in the 4th quarter. The Jazz gave up the second-fewest 3s this season. Have proved very hard to beat in Toronto in recent years. In that series, Royce O'Neal averaged 30.2 minutes, Alec Burks 19.6, Dante Exum 14.2, and Raul Neto 13.4. Despite all of that ado, there is no reason to believe the Warriors can't flip the switch and march to the Finals, just like they did previous year. Read that one more time, it's pretty impressive. Now he's healthy and Houston has a chance to return to the Conference Finals this year. So, my prediction for the Eastern Conference Finals will be Celtics versus the Raptors, and I think the Raptors will finally end their drought and win the series in six games.

"It's a great feeling", Bucks All-Star Khris Middleton said. Trevor Ariza has been vastly overrated since his departure, and Austin Rivers, Danuel House, and Kenneth Faried are all really good pickups, not to mention PJ Tucker and Clint Capela have been better, too.

This might not be the best matchup of the four, but it will certainly be one of the most entertaining ones.


No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. That's what the Blazers will miss without center Jusuf Nurkic. "Pick and roll at 00 every time", as Devin Booker hilariously put it.

These playoffs are shaping up to be one the most exciting in recent memory. However the East turns out, it should be a good one, and fans will have a new champion to look forward to.

Thanks for reading, and I can't wait to see how the playoffs unfold.

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