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Kevin Durant Gives NSFW Response on Haters Questioning His Move to Warriors

Kevin Durant: Being a Warrior means playing 'great basketball every second I'm on the court' Who will be the new king in the East?
Cassandra Castillo | 15 April, 2019, 08:14

Brooklyn, in general, was a good bet during the regular season - they were one of 10 National Basketball Association teams to come out in the black for bettors, going 45-37 (53.1 percent) against the spread. I haven't even mentioned guys like Eric Bledsoe and first time All-Star Khris Middleton, who will look to replicate his performance against Boston in last year's playoffs. Absolutely no user games were played.

A lot of records were produced this season.

The number one seed from the West faces the number eight seed in the same conference, with the second seed facing the seventh seed and so on.

Marcus Smart's injury leaves them minus a key defensive cog in the early rounds, but the combative guard should be back if Boston makes it all the way to the NBA Finals.

The Rockets top these rankings despite being the fourth seed in the West.

The Warriors and Chicago are now tied for third with six championships each.

However, the Bucks got some good news over the latter half of the week that could stifle some of the frontcourt mismatches.

We saw this matchup in the second round last season, and the Rockets won in 5.

These two teams have history dating back to 2014, when Golden State took the Clippers to seven games in the first-round playoff season.

All four of those teams went on to win the National Basketball Association championship. But behind a historic scoring season by James Harden, Houston still has one of the strongest defenses in the league, anchored by a switchable Clint Capela and an extremely versatile P.J. Tucker. Instead, he's working on crafting his own game and he's focused on winning rather than becoming the next Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

As LeBron James struggles in Los Angeles, the title of the league's best player might be up for grabs and Antetokounmpo, still just 24, is as well placed as any player to seize it.

However, it should not be forgotten that a year ago they pushed the Warriors to a seven-game series in the Conference Finals, with an injury to Chris Paul hampering their attempt to end Golden State's reign. Pachulia closed out aggressively, Leonard didn't have space to land safely and he missed the rest of that series. It's part of the reason why Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 23.8 points per game against them.

More news: The Premier League trophy is at Anfield for Liverpool's game against Chelsea

"[Antetokounmpo] is now starting to be considered to be on LeBron or [Durant's] level which another European player has never done", Whelan said.

Will the real Celtics show up in the playoffs? Harden wasn't bad last postseason, but he didn't look like the MVP in the Western Conference Finals. That's why he came to the Warriors as a free agent. In the postseason, Curry is about to become No. 1. Allen is No. 1, with 385. He's a playmaker that can take over games when he catches fire on the court, as shown by his performance in the playoffs past year, but he'll need to be a bit more consistent to assert himself as one of the league's best young stars.

That's the amount of this year's NBA Playoff Pool - a record.

"Totally different. They're the young upstarts now, we're the veteran team", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. Most have already clinched much more because finishing in the top six spots in each conference also comes with a bonus.

The league's best team, the Milwaukee Bucks, are the favorite. Conference finalists get another $638,094.

Add it all up, and the Bucks could get $6,355,572 if they win the title. On the other hand, Oklahoma City is one of the league's most confusing teams.

Post All-Star break, he's averaging 27, 5, and 5, shooting 46%, 45%, 83%.

History suggests the Rockets are in trouble.

Cousins made his season debut at the Clippers on January 18 and he has become a significant contributor on both ends. Ultimately, talent will win out in this series. His status for the playoff opener has yet to be determined, coach Dwane Casey told reporters after the victory.

By this weekend, he'll be off the list entirely. Of the 15 others still left standing after the regular season, some have higher hopes than others.

He's played in 421 and is still looking for his first playoff outing. This month's honor marks the fifth time he's won Player of the Month in his career.

There have been 3,934 postseason contests so far. Just the postgame interview of the last Spurs-Nuggets game should be enough of a preview.

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