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The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, and while it’s the most exciting part of the season, the NBA Playoffs have also been a very difficult one for some fans.
Last season, NBA fans got to watch a very entertaining playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors.
It ended with a very close series in which the Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors, 113-112, with Damian Lillard leading the way with 29 points.
However, this year, fans are going to have to wait until April 23rd for the NBA to return to its old format and the final day of the regular season will be a little bit closer.
As fans continue to get ready to watch the playoffs, there’s going to be plenty of storylines that will be on our minds.
Some will be more familiar to fans who have been following the NBA for a while than others, but there will definitely be plenty to get excited about this season.
For starters, the Chicago Bulls are expected to be back to the NBA Finals for the first time in four years, so it will be interesting to see what the team brings to the table.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the second team to make it to the conference finals in 2017, and will look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs.
While the Cavaliers lost to the Miami Heat in five games, LeBron James and his Cavaliers will be looking to get back on track with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves will look for a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals, and are looking to improve on their third straight loss to the Portland Blazers in the conference semifinals.
This season will also bring a few familiar faces to the Timberwolves lineup.
Lauri Markkanen will be back with the team for the third straight season, and after missing most of the last two seasons with a shoulder injury, he will return for his third year.
Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic is also looking to bounce right back from his season ending knee injury and will return to the floor with the Wolves.
Additionally, the Houston Rockets will be without center DeAndre Jordan, and rookie point guard Ryan Anderson will take over for him.
With a team that is looking to make a run at the playoffs this season, there will also be some interesting matchups.
On one hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have to face off against the Boston Celtics, who are in the midst of a rebuild, and on the other hand, Houston will have their hands full with the Los Angelenos Clippers.
For the most part, the Celtics will be favored to win the series, but the matchup could be a bit of a head scratcher.
A win for the Celtics would allow them to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, but a loss would be a huge blow for the Rockets, who have yet to lose a game in the series.
That being said, the Rockets will still have plenty of time to prepare for the Cavaliers in the playoffs and will be hoping to come out on top this time around.
Finally, the Timberwolves will have a tough task against the Sacramento Kings, who were the No. 1 seed in the Western conference and the No-2 seed in their conference.
Despite losing star center Kevin Love to free agency, Minnesota still has plenty of talent on their roster, including point guard Ricky Rubio, who is looking for his first win since being drafted by the Wolves in the second round of last year’s draft.
Lastly, the Phoenix Suns will have some competition in the west, as they will have the Los Altos Clippers, who lost All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to free will and center Austin Rivers to the Houston Texans.
Overall, there is a lot to be excited about for the 2016-17 NBA season, so keep an eye out for the rest of the sports world this season as we wait for the next NBA Playoffs to begin.