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What the 2020 NBA Playoffs would look like if they were played today

Here’s what the NBA Playoffs would look like if they were played today. I predict the match ups, too.

Eastern Conference

Conference Quarterfinals (First Round)
1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
8.Orlando Magic 1

Orlando had success a year ago in a six game series loss to the eventual champion Raptors, but its hard to see them playing with the Bucks longer than five games.

4.Miami Heat 4
5.Indiana Pacers 3

Wing Jimmy Butler outduels Victor Oladipo in a classic four-five opening round series. Back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.

3.Boston Celtics 4
6.Philadelphia 76ers 3

I spy a potential “upset”. With the way the inconsistent 76ers played before the quarantine, I can see them winning two or three in this series. Philadelphia’s talent level is great but Boston clings to a series win with the play of young pieces Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

2.Toronto Raptors 2
7.Brooklyn Nets 4

Despite the inconsistent and most of the time injury-prone Kyrie Irving, he outduels a Raptors team that doesn’t have Kawhi Leonard anymore to fall back on.

Western Conference

Conference Quarterfinals (First Round)
1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
8.Memphis Grizzlies 2

Young players Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson show that the Grizzlies won’t go down without a fight, but are nowhere near the level of superstars LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.

4.Utah Jazz 4
5.Oklahoma City Thunder 2

Despite the consistent play of veteran point guard Chris Paul, Utah’s talent (Guard Donavan Mitchell and Center Rudy Gobert) are too much for their division rival.

3.Denver Nuggets 3
6.Houston Rockets 4

This would be a fun, high scoring series. But the Rockets have James Harden and he pulls them to a tough seven game series win.

2.Los Angeles Clippers 4
7.Dallas Mavericks 2

What many people believe to be a six or even seven game series does not disappoint. Mavs Guard Luka Doncic shows that he’s next but the defensive tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George defending the Mavs’ superstar throttles Doncic and the rest of the Mavericks. LA wins in six.

Eastern Conference

Conference Semifinals (Second Round)

1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
4.Miami Heat 2

A fun match up between superstar Forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler. The play of Bucks Guard Khris Middelton leads the Bucks to a six game series win and the conference finals.

3.Boston Celtics 4
7.Brooklyn Nets 1

The Celtics’ defense stymies their old teammate Kyrie Irving. They dominate the Nets, and in just five games punch their ticket to the conference finals.

Western Conference

Conference Semifinals (Second Round)

1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
4.Utah Jazz 2

The play of LeBron James gets the Lakers back to the conference finals for the first time since 2010.

2.Los Angeles Clippers 4
7.Houston Rockets 3

Just like in their first round series, Clippers stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George show that they are elite defenders and deny Rockets Guard James Harden a buzzer beater in game seven.

Eastern Conference

Conference Finals (Third Round)

1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
3.Boston Celtics 3

Giannis Antentokounmpo dominates the Celtics in game seven and leads them to the NBA finals.

Western Conference

Conference Finals (Third Round)

1.Los Angeles Lakers 4
2.Los Angeles Clippers 3

LeBron sinks a buzzer-beater to send the Lakers to a match up with the Bucks everyone saw coming.

Eastern/Western Conference

NBA Finals (Fourth Round)
1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
1.Los Angeles Lakers 3

The difference in the series is Milwaukee’s supporting cast outplays that of the Lakers. Giannis outduels LeBron in game seven and brings a championship to Milwaukee.

Projected Winner:Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA bound LaMelo Ball to buy former team

Future NBA Guard LaMelo Ball is buying his old team from the NBL, the Illawara Hawks. While his manager Jermaine Jackson told ESPN in an article that it was a “done deal”, his old team said the sale is not complete. The potential top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft averaged seventeen points, almost eight rebounds, and seven assists in his lone season with the team he is buying. LaMelo’s manager also said in the article that “Melo (LaMelo) loves the Illawara fans” as to why he loves the community and why he is going to likely buy the team.

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Washington big man Isaiah Stewart enters draft (CBB and HSBB news)

The five finalists for the men’s basketball John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award were announced for the 2019-2020 award. The finalists were Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike, Iowa big man Luka Garza, Marquette Guard Markus Howard, Seton Hall Guard Myles Powell, and Dayton Forward Obi Toppin.

Washington Freshman big man Isaiah Stewart told the media today that he was entering the 2020 NBA Draft. The big man is signing with Roc Nation to be his agency. Stewart averaged seventeen points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in his only season in Seattle.

Former Boston College Forward Jairus Hamilton committed to transfer to Maryland on Wednesday. Hamilton averaged almost ten points during his sophomore season in Chestnut Hill.

USC signee Evan Mobley has been named the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year. The award given annually by the McDonald’s All American Game to the best high school basketball player in the country. Mobley will head to Los Angeles this fall and team up with brother Isaiah Mobley and dad Eric Mobley, who is an assistant coach. Mobley averaged nineteen points and eleven rebounds this past season.

The Division I council coordination committee and the Division II administrative committee came together and announced Wednesday that the recruiting dead period will be extended through May 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reacting to Kobe’s death

I am so sad right now because of the death of one of the greatest to ever lace em up has died suddenly in a helicopter crash. Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a helicopter crash along with eight others (including his daughter Gigi). Kobe brought so much and I am sad that he is gone. It seems like his twenty year career ended yesterday. It seems like his final game (where he scored 60 POINTS) was yesterday. Rest In Peace Kobe. You will forever be a legend.

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What the NBA Playoffs would look like if they began today

This post was made on Sunday January 19, 2020 so that’s what the records are from.

Eastern Conference

1.Milwaukee Bucks (38-6)
8.Brooklyn Nets (18-23)

With Kyrie Irving sitting a lot for the Nets, this series wouldn’t be too much for Giannis and the gang.

4.Boston Celtics (27-14)
5.Indiana Pacers (27-15)

Both of these teams have improved, but once Indiana gets star Victor Oladipo back, these two would have a great clash.

3.Toronto Raptors (28-14)
6.Philadelphia 76ers (28-16)

Last year’s ECSF, would be an excellent first round match up even though a lot of basketball still has to be played. But, in this series I’m picking the 76ers any day if they’re at full strength.

2.Miami Heat (29-12)
7.Orlando Magic (20-23)

An all sunshine state battle is in the first round of the playoffs. Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, and the Heat would have no problems with the Magic, though.

Western Conference

1.Los Angeles Lakers (34-8)
8.Memphis Grizzlies (20-22)

What a fun first round series this would be. Ja Morant and the young Grizzlies facing off versus LeBron and the Lakers.

4.Utah Jazz (29-13)
5.Dallas Mavericks (27-15)

I don’t think Utah wants to see Dallas in the first round, with the excellent play of Guard Luka Doncic, but this will be a competitive series.

3.LA Clippers (30-13)
6.Houston Rockets (26-15)

Another fun series with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George battling Russell Westbrook and James Harden for the right to get to the WCSF.

2.Denver Nuggets (29-12)
7.Oklahoma City Thunder (24-19)

Denver should dominate this series.

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cbhsports 2019-2020 NBA Preview

The NBA season starts tomorrow so here’s my preview for you.

Predicted Standings (Teams that will be in the playoffs)

Eastern Conference
1.Milwaukee Bucks
2.Philadelphia 76ers
3.Boston Celtics
4.Indiana Pacers
5.Miami Heat
6.Toronto Raptors
7.Brooklyn Nets
8.Orlando Magic

Western Conference
1.LA Clippers
2.Denver Nuggets
3.LA Lakers
4.Houston Rockets
5.Utah Jazz
6.Golden State Warriors
7.Portland Trail Blazers
8.San Antonio Spurs

2020 cbhsports NBA champion:LA Lakers

Predicted Award Winners
MVP:LeBron James,SF/PG,LA Lakers
ROY:Zion Williamson,PF,New Orleans Pelicans
DPOY:Rudy Gobert,C,Utah Jazz
MIP:Lonzo Ball,PG,New Orleans Pelicans
COY:Doc Rivers,Head Coach,LA Clippers

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NBA Free Agency:Everything I’ve missed

Free agent center Tyson Chandler has agreed to a one-year deal with Houston Rockets.

Free agent big Tyler Lydon has agreed to a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Free agent forward Henry Ellenson is signing a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will release guard JR Smith Monday before his contract for next season becomes guaranteed and he will become a free agent.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Point Forward Ben Simmons have agreed to a five-year, $170 million max extension.

Free agent forward Reggie Bullock has signed a two-year, $8.2 million deal with the New York Knicks.

Free agent forward Cheick Diallo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Free agent Kyle Korver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been awarded the rights to Kostas Antetokounmpo on a waiver claim.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Free agent Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Free agent forward Dragan Bender has agreed to a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The top ten 2020 NBA Free Agents

1.Anthony Davis,PF/C,Los Angeles Lakers,Player Option
Davis will likely opt out of his player option next summer and get a long-term deal with the Lakers. It is unlikely Anthony Davis will be anywhere but LA in the next five to ten years.

2.DeMar DeRozan,SG/SF,San Antonio Spurs,Player Option
DeRozan has been successfull as a Spur but will he look to go back home to LA and join the Clippers or Lakers? Its either LA or staying in San Antonio for DeRozan.

3.Ben Simmons,PG/SF,Philadelphia 76ers,Restricted
Simmons and the 76ers are working towards a long-term deal. So likely, Simmons will not be in this pool of players next summer.

4.Draymond Green,PF,Golden State Warriors,Unrestricted
If Golden State lets Green walk, I predict Green will be gone. If they offer him a three or four year deal for over one hundred million dollars, Green will still be in San Francisco in 2020-21.

5.Andre Drummond,C,Detroit Pistons,Player Option
Drummond should look at his options out of Detroit because he could be a solid starter on a contender in either conference at center.

6.Pascal Siakam,PF,Toronto Raptors,Restricted
If Siakam gets big money elsewhere does Toronto match the offer? I don’t think so. While Siakam is an excellent defender, he is inefficient on offense and doesn’t have a perimeter shot.

7.Danilo Gallinari,SF,OKC Thunder,Unrestricted
Gallinari could be out of OKC as soon as the trade deadline after being dealt for Paul George as OKC looks to rebuild with young players and draft picks the LA Clippers sent them for Paul George.

8.Montrezl Harrell,PF/C,LA Clippers,Unrestricted
Harrell should have interest from multiple teams but LA should look to keep him.

9.Jaylen Brown,SG,Boston Celtics,Restricted
Brown will probably be retained by Boston as the free agency class in 2020 isn’t near as talented as it is this summer.

10.Gordon Hayward,SF,Boston Celtics,Player Option
Hayward will likely opt in to his big player option that Boston gave him in the summer of 2017.

Someone to think about:DeMarcus Cousins,C,LA Lakers,Unrestricted
Cousins could be a big help to the Lakers this upcoming season or he could be a no show. Cousins is coming off the worst basketball injury any player could have, so anything is possible for Cousins’s free agency in 2020.

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OKC deals All-Star Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025. Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook and his agent, Thad Foucher, to deliver the former MVP to his preferred destination: a reunion with fellow former MVP, James Harden.

The New York Knicks agreed to sign power forward Marcus Morris to a two-year deal.

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NBA Free Agency Day 10 and 11 News

The Golden State Warriors are waiving guard Shaun Livingston, who is guaranteed $2 million of his $7.7 million salary.

Free agent forward Khem Birch has agreed to a two-year $6 million deal to return to the Orlando Magic.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match the Memphis Grizzlies’ three-year, $28 million offer sheet for restricted free agent guard Tyus Jones.

Amar’e Stoudemire, 36, told MSG Network that he can bring needed leadership to young NBA teams and still “has a lot of game left” as he attempts to return to the league.

Kawhi Leonard has chosen a shorter contract with the LA Clippers that lines up with new teammate Paul George and sets up the two to be part of the 2021 free-agent class. Leonard signed a three-year, $103.1 million deal that includes a player option for the 2021-22 season, the source said. He will make $32.74 million next season, $34.37 million in 2020-21 and $36.01 million in the player-option season.

Restricted free agent Forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal to stay with the Phoenix Suns.