The NBA regular season has finished, and now fans and teams in the NBA are fully focused on the postseason.
The two favorite teams to meet in the finals are the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the third consecutive time. The Warriors added superstar Kevin Durant to their excellent arsenal to try and when another championship, after losing it last year. The Cavaliers have been really struggling but when you have a player name LeBron James who has been to six straight finals appearances you can not be too worried.
Cleveland will not have it easy this year in the Eastern Conference playoffs. This is the best the East has been in a while, and one out of the few teams that can potentially give the Cavaliers problems is the Washington Wizards.
“Cleveland don’t care about the #1 seed because they don’t want to face the Wiz in the 2nd Rnd.” -Charles Barkley pic.twitter.com/aSnZeRkzSB
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) April 11, 2017
Led by all star point guard John Wall, the Wizards are one of the best offensive teams in the NBA. They excel on the fast break, with John’s lighting speed you would expect that. They have the third best average for points per possession (1.19). In transition they rarely turn the ball over, having the fewest transition turnovers in the league.
Cleveland, who are arguably the worst transition defensive team in the league, will not have fun playing a team who thrives playing that way. This up style tempo will put them right above Cleveland.
To be fair, the Wizards are not a great defensive team, and can also get lost in transition as well as protecting the three point line. Luckily for the Wizards, they have a defensive-minded head coach in Scott Brooks and have shown flashes of being an elite defensive team. If this series happens, expect to see a lot of points going on the scoreboard.
The only way the Wizards and Cavaliers could meet up in the Playoffs is if the Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, and beat either the Boston Celtics or the Chicago Bulls in the second round to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.