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As the NBA regular season comes to a close, it’s easy to say that this post season is set for some thrilling excitement. After a season of injuries, mind blowing moves, new talent, and game winning shots, this years NBA Playoffs should be one to remember.

Over the course of the last 3 years, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have been running the league as if it is their very own. Matching up in all three of the last NBA Finals since the 2015-2016 season, the two teams have met some troubles this season that have raised some eyebrows to whether this could happen once again. Golden State has struggled with getting their players healthy. After almost missing Stephen Curry for the entirety of the second half of the season as well as having Klay Thompson and Draymond Green out for multiple games. With that being said, the team was still capable of retaining a spot in the playoffs as a 2-seed behind the Houston Rockets, who have been on fire this season and pose a serious threat to any team in the NBA. The Western Conference features some new threats this year with teams such as the Utah Jazz, starring their sensational rookie, Donovan Mitchell, who is fresh off of setting the NBA record for most three pointers in the regular season by a first year player. The Oklahoma City Thunder slipped down the rankings over the course of the last two months due to some mistaken losses, but still managed to snag the four seed as their ‘big three’ looks to make a run in their first playoffs as a unit.

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors stole the spotlight from the Cleveland Cavaliers after finishing their regular season with a 59-23 record. One team that shocked many with their young talent and explosive Point Guard and Center, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The two have carried the young team to a successful season and an overall record of 52-30 and are reaching their second playoffs since the 2011-2012 season after losing to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2016-2017 playoffs.

The Cavaliers are coming off of an odd season. Nearly half way through the season the team dropped half of the roster and traded for younger talent. Players like Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Rodney Hood, and Jeff Green have enabled the Cavaliers to have a more successful second half of their season. LeBron James is having himself an MVP candidate season and isn’t looking to come up short of something great once again. James has already accomplished being MVP and winning an NBA Title in the same season twice and with this years amount of drama regarding the Cavaliers, it seems as though this could add to the argument for him being the best player of all time.

The race for the NBA Finals is soon to be underway and with the amount of talent around the league this year, the championship can end up in anyone’s hands. It is only a matter of time before early June rolls around and a new franchise is crowned with the title.

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