The Cavs and Warriors are both 8–0, waiting for the Wizards-Celtics and Spurs-Rockets series’ to finish up. This marks the first time in NBA history that two teams started the playoffs with an 8–0 record.
As the days go by, it seems more and more likely that we will see the Cavs and Warriors in the Finals for the third year in a row.
While those two teams are at home waiting for the next round, let’s take a look at some of the other top stories in the NBA right now.
Spurs vs. Rockets
With the series tied up at 2–2, the Rockets head to San Antonio for game 5 tonight. No game in this series has been close, with each one being decided by more than 10 points.
Tony Parker has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs after having surgery on his left quadriceps. So, Patty Mills will have to step up for San Antonio.
Nene has also been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs. He had been a reliable contributor off the bench for Houston — and they will certainly miss him.
The matchup everyone is focused on is Kawhi vs. Harden though. While guarding Harden, Kawhi had been quite successful.
Harden has taken advantage of the San Antonio’s other defenders though.
With a few games left in the series, this one will likely come down to whether or not Kawhi can limit Harden’s effectivenss.
Celtics vs. Wizards
Similar to the Spurs-Rockets series, none of these games have been close. At least in this series though, it’s clear that home-court advantage has played a huge role in each team’s success — no team has lost at home.
As far as the rivalry goes, these teams still clearly hate each other.
These two teams will go head-to-head in Boston for game 5 on Wednesday and all eyes will be on the point guard matchup once again. Wall and Isaiah have been the two best players in this series by far.
Can the Wizards finally steal a game on the road? If not, they’re in deep trouble.
Rumors, Updates + More
- Kendrick Perkins says that KD & Russ have started talking again
- The Spurs announced Tony Parker had surgery to repair a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. Parker is out for the rest of the playoffs.
- The Rockets announced Nene will miss the rest of the playoffs with a left adductor tear.
- Rudy Gay will opt out of his contract with the Kings.
- Kyle Lowry announced he will opt out of his contract with the Raptors.
- The Lakers are reportedly expected to offer multiple young pieces for Paul George this summer.