2021 NBA Playoffs Thread First Round. Vale Heat, Celtics, Wizards, Knicks, Grizzlies, Trail Blazers, Lakers, Mavericks

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Welcome to the inaugural post COVID-19 crowd restricted NBA playoffs. The playoff picture is almost complete as the Grizzly bears are trying to claw their way to 8th spot in San Francisco. Winner to take on the Jazz.

So as it stands right now (22:47 Friday 21st May, USA Eastern daylight time), the Grizz look like advancing. But as we know, you can never go the early crow in sport (see Brisbane Lions QF in 2020).

The below image illustrates the bracket so far

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We saw a lot of foxing in the final week of the reg season. LA Clippers did their best to avoid the Lakers and achieved this. This after beating themselves raw about being THE team of LA. Someone's scared.

I know you'll all agree, the pick of the West pairings is Denver v Portland. Likely MVP Jokic vs fellow European Jusuf Nurkic or Kanter. No Jamaal Murray will hurt, but they do have MPJ and plenty of players capable of contributing. Denver average 19.1 fouls per game. Portland 18.9 fpg. Who will the refs help more? Hope this goes 7. eathb your view please.

Clippers v Dallas. Or Clippers v Luka. Clippers to advance.

The Suns of Phoenix hoping the sun will rise again in Arizona against the banged up Lakers. CP3s intimate knowledge of the Staples Center tunnels may be the key. If Lebron gains full fitness watch out. Schroeder vs CP3 is scary, and expect Alex Caruso to play extended minutes here in an attempt to quell the savvy veteranism of Paul. Key matchup is at the 2 guard, Booker (probably the most underloved player in the NBA) against the rangy Anthony Davis. This could be Bookers coming of age. Lakers i hear are favourites with the bookies - is that right Primetime Pricey ?

The east has 4 tasty matchups. Philly should have too much for the Wiz. Depends how Westy plays doesn't it? Time for Bertans to earn his $. Knicks are back in the post season, and Atlanta coach Nate McMillan noted the importance of this. He was fined by the NBA. The ghost of Stern...woooooooooo

Warriors now down by 1. Oh wait Ja Ja Morant sinks a 3.

Bucks-Heat. Someone can provide a brief summary of this matchup.

Nets-Celtics. Bill Simmons practically guaranteed a celtic loss against washington. But tatum went nuts. The thing that will gall celtics fans is Kyrie. Will they embrace him in boston or boo him incessantly? Harden-KD-Kyrie-Blake-Harris-

As GS tie with 30 secs!!!!

OVERTIME!!!

MEMPHIS ARE THROUGH to play the Jazz
 
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Warriors look a good team next season. (?)

Two first round (lottery) picks. Another preseason for Wiseman. Klay.

Interesting Kerr went a 8 man rotation. Mulder playing less than 10mins

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Wasted a good Dragic-Robinson tag team game because Jimmy and Bam were shithouse. Yelp.
 

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Duncan Robinson about to earn himself a crazy pay day

How the hell Bam is on a max deal is beyond me. Was awful all game. Lopez tore him a new one lol
 

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Porzingis is insipid

Luke needs to somehow get this clown and contract out of Dallas if they want to actually contend at some point
 

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We won't win, but at least the undermanned Celtics are putting up a fight.

Not very impressed with the Nets I have to say.

Time Lord is fun to watch.
 

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