NBA Playoffs: Ranking Each First Round Match-Up
1.) (5) Boston Celtics vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks
If you love basketball then you will love this series. In my opinion, two of the top 6 coaches in the league and what could be a match-up between last year’s Coach of the Year winner and this year’s winner.
After finishing last season with the best record in the East, Atlanta slipped some in the standings but looked to regain their groove in the second half of the season and into the postseason. Al Horford and Paul Millsap is still one of the best frontlines in the whole league who will give the Celtics some problems down low.
In Boston, Isaiah Thomas looks to match-up with Jeff Teague at the point guard spot in what looks like a heck of a battle. Can Teague contain the All-Star?
This is truly the only series in the first round that I could see either team moving on. Both are gritty teams that are coached by some of the best, but which team can get it done. I’m leaning Atlanta at the moment, but might switch to Boston in the next 30 minutes.
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The first round of this year’s playoffs have a real shot at zero series going seven games. But the second round, especially out West, should give the fans everything they have been wanting. So sit back and enjoy the best basketball on the planet.