NBA Should Shrink Playoff Field, Cut Lesser Teams to Boost Competition

NBA Should Shrink Playoff Field, Cut Lesser Teams to Boost Competition

Because of a technical foul he had received during the first round for a takedown of Houston's Michael Beasley in the waning moments of a game Golden State lost by a point, Green's tangle with James earned him a one-game suspension in the championship series with the Warriors holding a 3-1 lead.

View the entire top 10 in the gallery above. If the Cavs are going to make a deep run in the playoffs, they will have to flip the switch on defense. Should we worry about the Cleveland Cavaliers?

For the past three years, the NBA Championship team has featured an Aussie.

CAVS' CHEMISTRY: Cleveland's players shared a tight bond during last year's postseason, and many of them credited that brotherhood for helping them win a title.

This is the closest series (on paper) of the first round, with the Clippers owning just a 0.4 point differential advantage over the Jazz.

Portland is a below-average defensive team that ranks 21st in defensive rating, but they offered more resistance in their final two games against Golden State in January. In fact, I remember confidently tweeting something to the effect of: "The Warriors are in good shape". Sure, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are the defending NBA champions, and they're a favorite to return to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. After being drafted outside of the lottery, the small forward has improved every single season. Mike D'Antoni and 'Moreyball' helped James Harden get his groove back in Houston.

Curry is an interesting case.

It's also noteworthy that two MVP frontrunners will collide in the first round: Rockets guard James Harden and Thunder point guard - and triple-double machine - Russell Westbrook.

Unfortunately, all we get is a potential seven-game series between this season's two best players. Teague notched double-digit assists in three of the four contests and got 20 or more points in half of the games.

The NBA allots 16 playoff spots overall, eight per conference. Last year's NBA Finals showed that.

After a 67-15 season - cementing Golden State's three-year regular-season run as the greatest in league history - the Warriors open the playoffs Sunday against Portland.

However, the third-seeded Houston Rockets (55-27) almost matched Golden State offensively with 115.3 points per game under first-year head coach Mike D'Antoni.

2K announced that retired football player Thierry Henry will be featured in the upcoming National Basketball Association 2K17 As in real life, Thierry Henry will be a regular court side star during home games of the San Antonio Spurs. Durant, 28, did not leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he was the face of the franchise for nine years, for any reason other than crying like a baby in a mid-June celebration.

Amazingly, throughout the entirety of the Chris Paul era in Los Angeles, one hole has consistently existed on the Clippers roster.

The 2016-2017 regular season was one of the weirdest regular seasons I've been witness to, and not only that, but this has been one of the weirdest regular seasons in the career of one LeBron James. They will hopefully be pretty good. As the No. 4 seed, they'll draw the toughest first-round matchup among the Western Conference pairings. I would think those are two big decisions that have to come up as they do their game plan. The Greece native had a historic season at just 22 years old.

Westbrook is only the second player ever to achieve this feat after the Big O and is dominating MVP discussions as a result. Their best basketball has been down the stretch here. The Warriors were the favorites heading into the Finals last season, too.

This season, James averaged 26.4 points, Irving 25.2 and Kevin Love 19.

"You watch more game film and it's only one team you have to focus on", he pointed out.

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