Warriors hungrier after epic collapse to Cavs: 'We want to redeem ourselves'

Warriors hungrier after epic collapse to Cavs: 'We want to redeem ourselves'

The regular season can feel long and meaningless for many teams, and the postseason is where players truly become superstars.

Finally, both analysts surmised two key aspects for watching this year's National Basketball Association post-season: "There will be some "dirty games"- games where you are not going to score 120 points, when neither team can get into a rhythm and not making shots", said McHale. The Warriors still are adjusting to life with Kevin Durant back in the lineup, while Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Co. took a game off Golden State in last year's playoff series and almost won a second in an overtime loss.

While I would love for it to be the Wizards in this spot, because they are the four seed they would have to play the Cavs in the second round otherwise I would take them to make it here.

No. 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. "No other team is particularly close". Will the Warriors choke like they did previous year, or will the addition of Kevin Durant make their victory a sure thing?

Mills comes off the bench as back-up to future Hall of Fame guard Tony Parker, but it's often the Aussie sharpshooter running the show and hitting big three-pointers when the game is on the line. But we know better than to count out a man who just averaged a triple-double for an entire season.

In the Western Conference it's, unsurprisingly, pretty much all about the Golden State Warriors.

Mashable's Sam Laird sees a potential scheduling conflict for the Warriors - Blazers series as perhaps an indicator of the difference in respect from top to bottom. After being drafted outside of the lottery, the small forward has improved every single season. The Utah Jazz allowed the least amount of points per game (96.8), which adds a good reason for a potential upset. Leonard is one of three players on this list to win a title, and he did so by winning the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award.

Well, freakish is probably a subjective thing, but Joe Johnson's is certainly an interesting case. The Celtics are the clear favorites to win the series, but Wade, playing in the postseason for the first time in his 14-year career with a team other than the Heat, isn't used to an early playoff exit. Sports play out in real life, and they force you to be in the moment and vulnerable because you have no clue what's going to happen next - one moment your team could be cruising to its second straight title, and the next, they're blowing a 3-1 lead. To eliminate the Cavaliers from the playoffs, you have to beat LeBron four times in seven games, and that is way easier said than done.

We're finally here. It's the NBA Playoffs! There is intrigue with the Cavs and how they will "flip the switch" into playoff mode after a lackluster end to the regular season.

Prediction: Houston defeats Oklahoma City in seven games.

Could Russell Westbrook lead a team by himself? As the No. 4 seed, they'll draw the toughest first-round matchup among the Western Conference pairings. "I only think about things I could've done differently to help my team win, knowing I gave everything I had and obviously came up short". National Basketball Association fans must have been extra good this year to deserve a matchup like this, because when these two are playing against one another, it's must-watch TV.

No. 3 Toronto Raptors (51-31) vs. In fact, some games were in the 120 and 130 scoring range, proving that the only thing that can beat a great offense is in fact, a better offense. But will it be enough for the Warriors to make up for last season's disappointing loss to the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? Irving played well against the Pacers in the regular season, averaging 25.5 points in the four contests against Indiana.

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