As the second round is coming to an end soon, fans are starting to see teams true colors, then again, it is the playoffs. We’re starting to see if any of the teams left actually have a chance of making of winning it all or even making the finals. Right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing at their best, so what people what to know is... who can beat them?
3. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are battling through a great series against the Washington Wizards, whose being pushed by Isaiah Thomas. Throughout this series, fans are able to see what the Celtics are really capable of. They’re playing their best basketball when Isaiah Thomas is playing his. What stands out for the Celtics is their athleticism, like Thomas, Smart, Bradley, Crowder, Brown, and Gerald Green. The Celtics are filled with athleticism, but not so much for the Cavaliers.
Yes, the Cavaliers have LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin Love, but other than them, there’s not much athleticism on the team with the exception of Tristan Thomas and Iman Shumpert. The rest of the roster consists of more older players, which can really hurt Cleveland in the long run. Cavaliers won regular season series 2-1.
2. Houston Rockets
We all know how dangerous the Rockets can be, especially when their players have the hot hand behind the arc. Out of all the teams left in the playoffs, the Rockets arguably have the most depth. Yes, the Cavs can shoot the three ball very well on some nights, but the Rockets may just be on another level.
The Cavaliers depth could just be their weakness. You cannot ignore the defensive pest Patrick Beverly, the two two-way players Lou Williams and Eric Gordon, shooting threats Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza, the improving Clint Capela, strong-minded Nene, all powered by the MVP candidate James Harden. The thing for Houston is that one player, any player, could be having a bad game but they will still be able to rely on multiple other players.
Without the Cavaliers Big Three, the team is scrambled, which is why the Rockets should be taking advantage of that.Regular season series tied 1-1.
1. Golden State Warriors
This should be no surprise at all to some, well majority of you. The Warriors are have been excellent all season and haven’t shown any signs of slowing down. The only team that has yet to lose a playoff game other than the Cavaliers, are the Warriors. Warriors have been obliterating teams, even without head coach Steve Kerr. You can count on Steph, Klay, or even Durant to shoot lights out any game they will play in.
What separates the Warriors from the Cavaliers is efficiency. While Stephen Curry is shooting a stunning 49% from the field in the second round, his matchup, Kyrie Irving is barely shooting 36%. The way the Warriors are playing, it seems like they are ready to win another title. Regular season series tied 1-1.