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Eastern Conference:

1st Round: 
#1 Philadelphia 76ers, 4 vs. #8 Washington Wizards, 1; 76ers win series 4-1
#4 New York Knicks, 1 vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks, 4; Hawks win series 4-1
#2 Brooklyn Nets, 4 vs. #7 Boston Celtics, 1; Nets win series 4-1
#3 Milwaukee Bucks, 4 vs. #6 Miami Heat, 0; Bucks sweep series 4-0

2nd Round:
#1 Philadelphia 76ers, 4 vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks, 3; Hawks win series 4-3
#2 Brooklyn Nets, 3 vs. #3 Milwaukee Bucks, 4; Bucks win series 4-3

Conference Finals:
#3 Milwaukee Bucks, 4 vs. #5 Atlanta Hawks, 2; Bucks win series 4-2

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Western Conference:

1st Round:
#1 Utah Jazz, 4 vs. #8 Memphis Grizzlies, 1; Jazz win series 4-1
#4 Los Angeles Clippers, 4 vs. #5 Dallas Mavericks, 3; Clippers win series 4-3
#2 Phoenix Suns, 4 vs. #7 Los Angeles Lakers, 2; Suns win series 4-2
#3 Denver Nuggets, 3 vs. #6 Portland Trail Blazers, 2; Nuggets win series 4-2

2nd Round:
#1 Utah Jazz, 2, vs. #4 Los Angeles Clippers, 3; Clippers win series 4-2
#2 Phoenix Suns, 4 vs. #3 Denver Nuggets, 0; Suns sweep series 4-0

Conference Finals:
#2 Phoenix Suns, 3 vs. ##4 Los Angeles Clippers, 2; Suns win series 4-2

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The NBA Finals:

W2. Phoenix Suns, 2 vs. E3. Milwaukee Bucks, 4; Bucks win series 4-2

The Milwaukee Bucks are the 2021 NBA Champions!!!

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Of the teams remaining, we've got 6 that have superstars looking to win their 1st ring.

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When was the last time both #1 seeds lost Game 1?

The Portland Trailblazers come away with a huge upset over the Lakers.
LeBron and A.D. both missing free throws, followed by Dame hitting that dagger from damn near half court sealed their fate tonight.



If the Nets would have won today it would have been the biggest upset so far they are the least likely lower seeded team to win at least one game. Looks like the Jazz versus Nuggets series could go seven games.



Chris Hu said:
If the Nets would have won today it would have been the biggest upset so far they are the least likely lower seeded team to win at least one game. Looks like the Jazz versus Nuggets series could go seven games.

The Nets caught the Raptors sleeping tonight. Toronto probably thought it'd be a cake walk after Game 1. Well, that ain't the case.

Agreed on the Jazz and Nuggets; I also think the Pacers/Heat and Lakers/Trail Blazers could go the distance.



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Carmelo Anthony will lead the Blazers to the championship while putting the other 29 teams who refused to pick him up to shame starting with his boy and the lakers!



ratolmc said:
Carmelo Anthony will lead the Blazers to the championship while putting the other 29 teams who refused to pick him up to shame starting with his boy and the lakers!

He will take vengeance on two out of three of his former teams between the Rockets/Thunder and Nuggets. What you didn't know was that he's not really such a horrible defender; he was storing up power to unleash it on these playoffs!



Day 3 of the Playoffs are in the books.

The Celtics stomped on the 76ers yet again to take a 2-0 series lead in their best of seven.
The Raptors just manage to squeak by the Nets who put up a much bigger fight than they did in game 1, but it's not enough as the Raptors also take a 2-0 series lead.
After losing Game 1 in OT despite a 57-point effort from Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz respond emphatically; Demolishing the Denver Nuggets to tie the series at 1 game apiece.
The Dallas Mavericks responded to their Game 1 loss on Monday to split the series 1 game apiece with the LA Clippers.

Tomorrow's games:
Heat/Pacers - Game 2
Thunder/Rockets - Game 2
Magic/Bucks - Game 2
Trail Blazers/Lakers - Game 2



Nice win by the Mavs they almost won the first game too. The Mavs bench played solid in both games and outplayed the Clippers bench easily so far.



NightlyPoe said:

Think you need to redefine "dagger".  That shot came with the game tied and over 3 minutes left!

Just one of those games were the Blazers got hot in the 4th.  McCollum, Carmelo, and Trent all hit big shots on top of Lillard's signature shots and Whiteside owned the paint.

Forget the free throws, that's just media narrative looking to boil the game down to one factor.  In the grand scheme of things, they were no more meaningful than missing mid-range shots on consecutive trips.  The Lakers just can't shoot in general at the moment.  That's making the difference.  You go 35% from the field and 15% from 3 and you're usually going to lose games by a whole lot more than 7 points.

That and Avery Bradley deciding to be a flake and costing the team the perimeter defense they really need against teams like Portland in the West.

When an opposing player knocks down a shot from near half-court to take the lead, especially after your two best players both missed a pair of free throws, that'll take the wind right out of your sails. I don't care who you are, that's a spirit breaker. Melo and Trent's big shots were set up by Dame's shot and Whiteside's defense. That shot was the turning point. It completely shifted the momentum of the game in Portland's favor. So yes, it was the dagger.

As for the free throws. They're called 'free' throws for a reason. Those are gimme points that the defense is just giving to you. You have to knock them down, especially in crunch time in the playoffs. Absolutely inexcusable. That would have put the Lakers up 4 if A.D. and LeBron had knocked them down and that could've changed the momentum in the Lakers favor. 

So, opting out in order to protect his family, including his six-year old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses (Meaning: He's at risk) makes Avery Bradley a flake? Good to know. He made a decision to put his family first, basketball second, and he shouldn't be faulted for it. If anything, he should be praised. 

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