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Bing predicts who will come out on top in 2017 NBA Playoffs

Bing predicts who will come out on top in 2017 NBA Playoffs

"I think myself and our medical staff really agreed with him that this would be a good opportunity to get some rest".

There can be no doubt that the Thunder are up against it, with most picking them to be eliminated in five or six games against a foe that beat them three out of four in the regular season, and which is deadly from beyond the three-point arc and in the paint, and nearly steadfastly refuses to take any other kind of shots.

Is it Kawhi Leonard (only if you go by "best candidate on best team", except the Spurs aren't the best team because the Warriors are, and it can't be a Warrior because Kevin Durant missed too many games and Steph Curry had too many struggles to live up to his last two seasons). That is 71 more than just two seasons ago, and 94 more than the 2009-10 season when there was a triple-double just once every 53.5 games. This'll be his second go-round in the playoffs and if he coaches anything like the first, the Thunder will have a great shot at beating the Rockets.

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Darren had his three factors that will decide the series, and I have three of my own (with some overlap). "I go out on the floor and play". He pulled down 28.8 percent of available defensive rebounds, first on the Thunder and 10th in the National Basketball Association, just ahead of New Orleans' Anthony Davis. The difference might have to come from Oladipo's potential to be a scoring wing man for Westbrook or Beverley's ability to defend and occasionally slow the Thunder star. Since the season began, the former teammates have been filling up stat sheets at a crazy, record-breaking pace (the two combined for an insane 64 triple-doubles) and the conversation has been going on for months about who should be the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

With both team defences sub-par through the regular season the series may well devolve into an attacking shoot-out, in which case the Rockets should have the upper hand. Regardless of what seed his team gets in the Eastern Conference, it would be tough to pick against his team, simply because his team has him, and for the better part of a decade, James has been the best player in the National Basketball Association. Guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum will be revved up to take on one of the few combos better than them, but the uncertainty around Jusuf Nurkic's leg injury and return temper the size advantage Portland could have exploited. Knocked off by the Cavs last season, they would get Cleveland one round sooner this time if both advance. I expect Bev and Roberson to mirror Westbrook and Harden's minutes, respectively.

Westbrook said the fact that Oklahoma City is matching up Harden does add a little something to the matchup. "I thought winning is what this is about, period", said Harden in regards to the MVP vote.

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"It's been odd events this season, unfortunate events, some of them bad, some of them good but at the end of the day I can't have my mind focused on the past now", three-time champion LeBron James told reporters. Westbrook has seemingly been a man on a mission each time he steps on the court and it's nearly scary to think about him turning things up even more in the postseason. Likewise, I expect the refs to at least try to put their whistles away. Don't get me wrong; Olajuwon took it to Mr. Robinson's neighborhood and left with the property rights. There's a 100% chance the refs won't call it. Russell Westbrook led the league in scoring and was third in assists.

Offensively, Houston has been getting just about every shot they've wanted this year and are hoping that carries over into the postseason.

Toyota Center fans: M-V-P! Look for what adjustments Donovan makes to compromise the Rockets offense.

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