A Wild Start to the NBA Playoffs

Joshua Tejano, Staff Writer

With the NBA Playoffs underway, let’s look at this year’s ‘17-’18 NBA playoff teams that will be facing each other in both the Western and Eastern Conferences.

In the Western conference the number one seed, Houston Rockets, will be playing against the number eight seed, Minnesota Timberwolves. The number two seed, Golden State Warriors, will face off against the number seven seed, Oklahoma Thunder.The number three seed, Portland Trailblazers, will play against the number six seed, San Antonio Spurs. Finally, the number fourth seed, Utah Jazz, will face off against the number fifth seed, New Orleans Pelicans.

For the Eastern Conference playoffs match-up, the number one seed Raptors will play against the number eight seed Wizards. Second seed, Celtics will play the seventh seed, Miami Heat. The third and sixth seed, 76ers and Bucks, will play against each other, respectively. Finally, Cleveland Cavaliers (fourth seed) will face off against the fifth seed Pacers.

The New Orleans Pelicans are able to hold on defeating the Trailblazers with a score of 97 to 95. According to ESPN.com, Anthony Davis was the leading scorer, scoring 35 points that game. The Philadelphia 76ers pulled out a win against the Miami Heat, with the final score of 130 to 103. JJ Redick had a total of 28 points to lead the team in scoring. The Washington Wizards fell to the Toronto Raptors, with a final score of 114 to 106. In the Bay Area in Oakland, California, the Warriors stole a win against the Spurs, with Kawhi Leonard still out. On the other hand, Stephen Curry is also injured and will not return only until after the end of the first round of the playoffs. With a blowout win against Popovich’s Spurs team, the concluding score was of the Golden State and San Antonio was 113-92. Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were the game’s leading scorers, according to ESPN.com. Klay erupted with 27 points and Durant came out with a 24 point game.

With the first day of the playoffs done, we’ll only have to look at Sunday’s game to see who’ll come on top. The remaining first games belong to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.