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The Los Angeles Clippers' Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, has his shot blocked by the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) as Shaun Livingston (34) helps on defense in the first quarter during Game 6 of the first-round playoff series at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

This article contains opinion. All stats accurate as of May 8.

 

IUP classes may be ending for the year, but NBA Playoffs are alive and well. Let me tell you, folks, there is some amazing basketball being played this year.

Almost every basketball expert had the Golden State Warriors as the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals this year. This may not be the case, as the Warriors seem to be struggling with a powerful Houston Rockets squad.

Houston came into the 2019 season after a crushing seven-game series loss against the Warriors in the previous year. After some early season troubles, the Rockets appeared to have lost their edge. 

The playoffs have been an entirely different story for the Rockets, as they have looked exemplary throughout the first two rounds.

H-town beat the Jazz handily in the first round. This first-round victory was short-lived, as its next opponent was none other than Golden State. The Warriors were coming off a first-round victory against the Clippers, when they struggled to put them away in six games.

The Warriors took the first two games of the series, and it appeared that the Rockets’ momentum had slowed down. Houston quickly responded and commandingly took two games of their own at home. 

On Wednesday night, both powerhouses battled, and the game was taken by the Warriors. This battle did take its toll on Golden State as Kevin Durant went out with a right calf injury. This injury could be the turning point in a series that could have adverse effects on the NBA Playoffs.

Meanwhile in the West, the Trailblazers and the Nuggets are locked in a stalemate. Neither team looks like it wants to give an inch. One of their games resulted in four overtimes. 

This series is tight with Denver in the lead 3-2.

This series is far from over, and it would be shocking if there were no more thrilling finishes. When Damian Lillard is playing, your team always has a chance at winning as was proven by the game winner against OKC. 

Out East, one series has become somewhat of a surprise for most. The Toronto Raptors were seen by many as favorites to get out of the Eastern Conference. It seems that the Philadelphia 76ers had something different in mind.

The series has been a back-and-forth affair between both teams. The Raptors have taken a 3-2 lead, but game six is in Philadelphia. This series has been excellent to watch with both teams showcasing moments of superior basketball. 

The other Eastern Conference series has ended, with the Milwaukee Bucks wiping out the Boston Celtics in five games. The No. 1 seed in the East advances to the conference finals.

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