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LeBron James will see the Cleveland Cavaliers are still one of the favourites in the NBA playoffs

LeBron James will see the Cleveland Cavaliers are still one of the favourites in the NBA playoffs

Oladipo said it best postgame: "We're fully aware of LeBron. and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're going to come in here and just fold".

Wednesday's final night of the regular season was well beyond dramatic - an overtime game between Minnesota and Denver to decide the last berth, another overtime game between Miami and Toronto to determine some East fates, a 46-point first quarter by Philadelphia, an absurd 20-rebound, 19-assist night from Russell Westbrook.

The form team heading into the postseason, the Sixers can not be taken lightly.

In the West, the Warriors are still considered the conferences best team.

This postseason feels, more than any other in the last few years, as though it is due for a surprise breakout to shake up the Finals. Kerr has long maintained Curry will not play in the first round.

Since Curry's knee injury, the Warriors have lost 10 of their last 16 games without Curry, including a 40-point blow-out loss to the Utah Jazz to end the regular season. They can fix the first two things just by being smarter and stronger with the ball. Even without Kawhi Leonard for majority of the season, the Spurs finished with the fourth best defensive rating in the league and with Curry likely out until the second round of the playoffs, the opportunity for Durant to silence the critics has arrived.

Out West, it's No. 1 Houston meeting No. 8 Minnesota - which earned its berth by topping Denver in the NBA's first win-and-get-in, lose-and-go-home regular-season finale in 21 years. The scary part is Joel Embiid is still out with an injury. They also have the coaching and discipline to restrict a depleted Celtics team from scoring, a team that already struggles to put up points with their main scoring options sidelined. But under the leadership of Simmons the 76er's have done the opposite.

April 13, 2016: The Sixers finish the season with a 10-72 record, the worst in the National Basketball Association and the franchise's fewest wins in 43 years. With a healthy roster, Golden State is still the most unsafe team in the playoffs. The night opened with Game 2 between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers. They are losing games and not getting the performances out of their key players. No wonder Charles Barkley became so enamored with the National Hockey League version of the postseason — that's a sport that actually doles out some real drama once the regular season is over. This is a matchup about these underrated teams. The NBA's grueling seven-game series nearly always favor the higher seed who also have the benefit of home-court advantage.

The Cavaliers have had more drama than an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

George's 36 points on 8-of-11 3-point shooting set the tone for OKC in Game 1, and the Thunder made a big statement with the win. Home teams dominated, winning six of the eight Game 1s.

The surprising Indiana Pacers looked terrific while routing LeBron James and the Cavaliers, proving there is life beyond Paul George. Or the Greek Freak's supporting cast, arguably better than last year's Bucks that put a scare into Toronto, steps their game up and gives the man some help. That being said, this year seems different. "We're really looking forward for when he gets back for how even more talented we're going to be". But even with a good second half, a combined 13-for-41 showing from the Trail Blazers' star backcourt simply isn't going to be good enough to win in this - or any - playoff series. Sadly the 76ers have no playoff experience.

If the new comers shrink on the King's stage, then they might be performing solo come next season. After them the talent drops.

As mentioned, the Toronto Raptors overcame a negative statistic that haunted the franchise for every playoff debut until yesterday.

Jabari Parker, Bucks: Parker had two points on 1-5 shooting with two rebounds and was a -14 in 15 minutes for the Bucks. Parker had the worst game of any Duke player this weekend.

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