Playoff time: 10 things to know for the National Basketball Association postseason

Playoff time: 10 things to know for the National Basketball Association postseason

Houston Rockets' James Harden has been a scoring machine this season, netting over 30 points in 32 games in a row and averaging 36.6 points per game.

Prior to the 1990-91 season, the Bulls had made six successive trips to the postseason without reaching The Finals, a run that included three consecutive series defeats to the famed "Bad Boys" Detroit Pistons team that won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990.

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The BMO Harris Bank Building is honoring the Milwaukee Bucks for the upcoming NBA Playoffs with an 18-story illuminated message. Although the team finished No. 24 in the league in points per game, the Magic come into the playoffs averaging a noteworthy 117.6 points over their last 11 games while hitting the team total over in 10.

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The NBA regular season has come to a close and now it's time for everyone's favorite time of the year: the playoffs. From trading for Eric Bledsoe to hiring Mike Budenholzer to bringing in vets like Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova to trading for George Hill and Nikola Mirotic, the construction has allowed the Deer to thrive in this new National Basketball Association as a top five team in both offense and defense.

They also, once again, missed out on having the best record in the league due to the rise of the Milwaukee Bucks and the MVP caliber season of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Season series: Tied, 2-2. Utah needs Mitchell to win this series.

Want the latest National Basketball Association news, features and highlights on your phone? The Warriors are opening the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers (+15000). Doc Rivers merits consideration for that achievement alone. I haven't even mentioned guys like Eric Bledsoe and first time All-Star Khris Middleton, who will look to replicate his performance against Boston in last year's playoffs. In the previous three meetings, Orlando has averaged a tick below 113 points per game and took two of the four regular-season contests overall. Let's take a look at the first round.

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Another shot behind was Brooks Koepka , who has won three of the last six majors and had a 69 despite four bogeys. Winds will increase ahead of the storms, with gusts expected to reach 25-30 miles per hour later in the day.

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The addition of LeBron James did not have the expected effect, in part because of injuries to several players including James. A potential power struggle instead ended with both men out of their jobs after this wild week.

Although they claimed the third seed in the West, injuries and an terrible recent playoff history leave the Portland Trail Blazers looking vulnerable to an upset at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As always at playoff time, there are some familiar things and some not-so-familiar things. Whoever wins that series should go on to win it all.

A lot of records were produced this season. That would put the Warriors in sole possession of third place on the NBA's most-titles list, behind Boston (17) and the Lakers (16). I'm taking the duo of Paul George and Russ over Lillard and C.J. McCollum any day, and now you have Steven Adams able to help on defense without worrying about Nurkić.

Both franchises were finding themselves then, from a testy Christmas matchup in 2013 in Oakland to a chippy seven-game first-round series just four months later that was won by Los Angeles. This leaves the door wide open for teams in the Eastern Conference to have their shot at the finals without having to go through The King.

That's the amount of this year's NBA Playoff Pool - a record.

COUSINS' CHANCE: DeMarcus Cousins makes his playoff debut after a nine-year wait, and after returning from a devastating injury - he missed almost a year recovering from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon suffered last season with New Orleans.

"Not the spotlight or the fame that comes from being the best player". Bojan Bogdanovic has really stepped up, as has Wes Matthews, and Young, Turner, Sabonis, I mean the whole team, really.

That will not be enough against the Celtics. Brown improved enormously after the All-Star break, raising his three-point shooting percentage by nearly 10 per cent.

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