National Basketball Association players that must step up in playoffs

LeBron James looking distressed during a game

The 128-122 win over the 76ers also earned Milwaukee the top seed throughout the 2019 Playoffs.

The last spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs went to the Detroit Pistons.

Man, I love this Pacers team so much.

Story line: After rolling to the NBA's best record, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks open against a team they toyed with on their way to Milwaukee's first 60-win season since 1980-81. The German star was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2011.

- The Warriors finished the season with a true shooting percentage of 59.6 per cent, more than a full percentage point better than any other team. This time around, Milwaukee is finally the team with home-court advantage and is facing the Pistons, who barely reached the.500 mark on the last day of the season. As there is every year, there were a ton of memorable performances from a number of players this season, and these are the five of the absolute best. He's become the most dominant player in the East and will likely win the regular season MVP award after being the best player on the best team.

Regular-season play is fun to watch, but it's the pressure-filled moments of the postseason that really count.

It's easy to forget how wonderful Leonard was two postseasons ago when he briefly put a scare into the Warriors before suffering an injury that ended his playoff run. 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.

If it wasn't for his postseason failures, Harden might have an argument to top the list.

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Enes Kanter's big moment comes with a Knicks dig
Looking back on it now, the Trail Blazers were clearly smart to pick up Enes Kanter after he was waived by the New York Knicks . The Oklahoma City Thunder look to level the series against the Portland Trailblazers at the Moda Center in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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Only four teams in National Basketball Association history have posted more double-digit wins in a regular season than the Bucks this year. Jusuf Nurkić's injury is a huge blow to Portland, and the team's 7-2 record after his injury is deceiving, as the Blazers actually went 1-2 against playoff teams in that time.

The Rockets top these rankings despite being the fourth seed in the West. The Sixers have made the playoffs 49 times in their 70-year history and have won the Eastern Conference nine times. But Beverley takes great pride in being one of the NBA's biggest pests, a super-tough, super-aggressive defender who can, and will, cause problems. This will be the most important playoff appearance to date.

The Finals begin on May 30th with game seven, if needed, being played June 16th.

The only potential obstacles standing in the Warriors' way seem to be Curry's foot - the team have said his ankle injury is not serious, but that situation should be monitored - or a boredom with domination so deep that they loaf their way to a shocking upset. He's a beast defensively and is usually unstoppable in the paint.

The No. 2 seed in the East is the Toronto Raptors and they will be playing the Orlando Magic. They needed to work much harder than the Raptors did though, as they came back from a 19-point deficit to take Game 2 from the Spurs. The Thunder boasts two of the best players in the league: Russell Westbrook and Paul George, who lead the league in assists and steals respectively. The Rockets have won four conference titles in franchise history, the last of which came in 1995.

After another terrific season, Lillard might be among the league's most underrated stars.

Oklahoma City at Portland, 3:30 p.m. But he's another guy that's coming off a very disappointing postseason. It could be one and done for Kawhi (he has a player option for next year), though, so Ujiri has pushed all his chips into the center of the table in the hope his hand is strong enough to hit the jackpot. They're just 3-4 against the Spurs and Clippers, so then they'd secure the No. 8 seed.

The Warriors small forward, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, is certain that it will not be a walk in the park despite their superior record.

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