"Individually you have great players who haven't had the great fortune of winning championships", he said, "but by and large I don't think it's unfair to put that pressure on winning championships because that is the name of the game: to win championships".
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have developed a great rivalry since LeBron James returned home, and when it's all said and done, we are most likely going to see these two teams battle once again.
But he didn't do too well even with his new matchup - JaVale McGee. If shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and point guard Kyle Lowry start to heat up and get on a roll, defense could be very hard for the opposing squad. However I believe that with the return of John Wall adding an all star frontcourt this can cause some troubles for Toronto. The improved play of Victor Oladipo and sheer will has brought this team to an unfortunate first-round matchup.
But the most intriguing should be the Golden State-San Antonio matchup - because once again, just like a year ago, the Spurs will nearly certainly be without Leonard. While Giannis Antetokounmpo will present a mismatch for the Celtics as the best player on the floor, Brad Stevens could present an equal mismatch in game planning and preparation against Joe Prunty. This may be a quick round. This carried into Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, which he did not play in.
The Miami Heat are an extremely well-coached team that plays good defense and have several three-point shooters that can drop thirty on any given night. Miami Heat since the trade deadline when the receive their star player Dwayne Wade back went on a roll to return to playoffs themselves. But because they beat the Jazz three out of four times during the regular season, they should prevail in six games.
What we are looking at here are the teams that have the best chance to make a conference finals without being a top half seed, meaning they have to have seeded lower than fourth.
Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. In the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets dominated through, winning the most games in the regular season.
The Timberwolves outlasted the Denver Nuggets in a thrilling 112-106 overtime victory last Wednesday that determined the eighth seed in the West and earned Minnesota the honor of playing the 65-win Rockets in the first round. Casey has done a good job building this team and Derozan has definitely become a franchise player. They traded their best player Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in a move that signalled a rebuild, but instead, in improved to win 48 games and finish 5th! It took 82 games to finalize playoff seeds, and the competition was fierce from seed four to 10 all year long.
I'm waiting for Gregg Popovich to send Kawhi Leonard into the game, completely healthy and well-rested after a nice regular season break.
The Trail Blazers managed to go 2-1 against the Warriors this year, thanks mostly to 131 combined points by C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard in the two wins.
On Sunday, the games are Milwaukee-Boston, Indiana-Cleveland, Utah-Oklahoma City and Minnesota-Houston. Even the most recent League MVP has not been able to click together. This has always been a source of great amusement for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who coached Steve Kerr as a player and remains close with him now.
As I have listed my matchups and results, however I have described to you the difficulty of this round to do the team matchups that are featured.