As most NBA Fans know, the Playoffs are tough. Whether you’re an 8-seed hoping for a miraculous upset, or a 1 seed hoping to gear up for a long run, things get chippy for everyone during this time of year. This postseason, however, seems to be even tougher for teams. There are already teams, just 2-3 games into the series, that have hit a danger zone.
These teams will need everything to climb back from the brink of elimination. Here are 5 teams for the 2017 Playoffs that are currently in the most danger of going home early:
5. Indiana Pacers
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally found a groove, much to the dismay of the Pacers. After acquiring Lance Stephenson, and with PG13 leading the way, the Pacers were hoping to give the Cavs a run for their money. Instead, they look just like everybody predicted: Weak.
After Game 2, it became clear that for the Pacers to win a few games in this series, they’re going to have to fix the locker room first.
4. Portland Trailblazers
Well, seems like this series may already be over. Even without Kevin Durant, the Warriors had no trouble beating a fully loaded Blazer squad. The only question now seems to be how competitive the rest of the games will be.
Can Damian Lillard bring some life to this series, or will the Warriors continue to show why they’re the best team in the league? So far, it seems like the later.
3. Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are a strange bunch. They have a lot of talent to be a great team in this league, they’re just missing one important thing: shooting. Mike Conley can get you a few threes, but the Grizzlies still lack a true three-point threat.
Until they find one, it seems like they pose no real threat to the NBAs truest contenders. For the Spurs, this one should go by easily.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Russ Westbrook’s 50-point triple double was about the only bright spot for this deflated Oklahoma City Thunder squad. Do you think Westbrook knows that nobody else besides him has really stepped up? Everyone else seems to have already come to that conclusion. In Game 2, it wasn’t hard to notice the obvious fatigue of the point guard as he tried carrying the Thunder to a victory.
Ultimately, unless the Thunder win both at home, they’re looking at an early first round exit right in the face.
1. Boston Celtics
Nobody expected this. The Chicago Bulls have plenty of playoff experience, sure. But being up 2-0 against the 1-seeded Celtics was something nobody predicted. Isaiah Thomas seems to be the only Celtic playing like himself so far, and that’s not a very good sign considering his sister just died.
The thing now with Boston is that they’ll have to win these next two games away from home to avoid being down 3-1. 3-1 may not be a death sentence, as we’ve seen in the recent past, but that’s not something I’d want to play around with.