The NBA post-season has not failed to impress.
Four teams (two from each conference) are battling it out for a place in the NBA Playoffs final. It’s like the final before the final.
The weekend witnessed Game of the best-of-seven series in both the Western Conference final and the Eastern Conference final.
As we look to a new week which will feature Games 4 and 5 (possibly 6), we cast our minds back to how the first three games have played out and the names who can make all the difference for their teams.
This conference final features two teams: Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boston Celtics won the first two games of the series before Lebron James (27 points and 12 assists) helped the Cavs to pull one back.
As things stand, the Celtics have a 2-1 lead over their opponents. With Game 4 fast-approaching, there’s only one name can change things around for Cavs: Lebron James. Even when the Cavs lost Game 2 by a 107-94 score margin, Lebron James still managed to score 42 points in the game.
But while the Cavs have heavily depended on one man, the Celtics have made the most of their team effort, with Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and co turning up when it mattered for the Boston-based franchise.
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The Western Conference may have its score at 2-1 in favor of the Golden State Warriors but the tale of the tape is different from the one from the Eastern Conference.
After taking Game 1, the Warriors had to succumb to a 105-127 defeat at the hands of Houston Rockets, who averaged 30 points in every quarter of Game 2. Kevin Durant continued his scoring streak in this game, scoring 38 points after his 37 in Game 1.
James Harden scored 41 points in Game 1 of the series. But he could only muster a paltry 20 points (the highest by any Rockets player) in Game 3 of the series, a game Warriors won 85-126.
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Like the Cavs, James Harden is carrying a bulk of the load for the Rockets, with Chris Paul turning up every now and then. But the for the Warriors: When Kevin Durant couldn’t score the points in Game 3, Steph Curry stepped up to the occasion, got 35 points for himself and helped the Warriors to the largest win margin they’ve ever had in the playoffs final history.
This year’s Western Conference final has seen Houston Rockets win the first half of Game 2 while the Warriors won the first half of Game 3, with the first half of Game 1 ending in a stalemate.
Which team do you think will be in the lead by halftime of Game 4 and Game 5?
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