Top 10 best selling National Basketball Association jerseys
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:53
When the Golden State Warriors went ahead 3-1 in the NBA Finals last season, my editor at a local sports site I write for asked if anyone wanted credentials to the parade when they clinched the championship. In contrast, there are only 10 playoff spots in the MLB (the two Wild Card teams in each league play each other in a best of one play-in game) and 12 playoff spots in the NFL. Not during the 1960s, when the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers reigned supreme. The eastern conference seems very weak this year.
Among the certainties of life these days: Death, taxes and the Golden State Warriors as favorites to win the National Basketball Association championship.
The NBA regular season has come to a close.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) pats guard Stephen Curry (30) on the head as a timeout is called against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at Oracle Arena.
Without LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers still make the playoffs.
The Warriors are, of course, also picked as favorites to win the Western Conference, followed by San Antonio. But now that the playoffs are here, San Antonio is likely to feel the burden of the absence of the retired Tim Duncan.
A lot of old school tradition in this matchup. Giannis Antetokounmpo and rookie Malcolm Brogdon lead a scrappy Bucks team that should put up a fight, but Toronto is much deeper.
No. 3 Houston Rockets (55-27) vs. Russell Westbrook has had an incredible season and will have an incredible post-season. The team won at least 50 games and looked to be in command of the East for much of the season.
With the stars canceling each other out, this series comes down to teammates and coaching, and that gives a distinct advantage to the Rockets, a squad reworked into something attractive by Coach Mike D'Antoni.
The new CBA designated player rule allows a team to give more money to their player that gets an accolade.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah JazzJazz in 6: Nobody in the National Basketball Association likes the Clippers except people who live in southern California. The Celtics clinch if they win, regardless of what Cleveland does, and it's a good bet that Boston gets this top seed.
They'll have their hands full, however, having to face the defending World Champion Cavs as Cleveland eliminated the Raptors yet again in 6 games. "There's no question about that".
That was 2016, when the actions of Green - he of two connections to Steven Adams' groin and one to that of LeBron James, the latter costing Green Game 5 of the Finals - became the headline, and a daily topic of social media debate. That was a curious strategy since IN will seemingly provide a much more hard first-round matchup than Chicago would have mustered. It's not like Cleveland has been a solid road team at any point this season any way.
It's time for the Cavaliers to get up.
Most entertaining matchup: (6) Oklahoma City vs. (3) Houston. In the last of the four games between these teams this season, Milwaukee finally won by harassing DeRozan into submission, with the midrange expert admitting that Coach Jason Kidd's defensive strategies fluster him a great deal. I don't know if they can pull it off, but I think the Washington Wizards might do something. He finished fourth in assists per game while averaging less than half as many turnovers as Harden or Westbrook. The rest of the team has struggled all season with injuries but, when push comes to shove, it's hard to see anybody in the East being able to unseat the Cavs from their throne atop their conference. In their most recent contest, the Wizards came away with a 104-100 victory and bold claims that they had found their missing "swag".