As the NBA season winds down, only those with the top records in the league will get a chance to play on. The NBA Playoffs are finally here, and it has the potential to shock the world. And even though most of us assume who will be the final teams standing in the end, sometimes things don’t always pan out the way we expect.
Here are 5 crazy predictions for the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
5. The OKC Thunder Will Beat The Houston Rockets In 6 Games
One Playoff matchup that is already set, features a battle between two MVP favorites. Russell Westbrook and James Harden have been playing out of their minds, and are both having the best season of their careers. The matchup between the two will spice up this post-season, where they will meet in the first round. All year long, Harden has had the better team, the better coach, and the more ideal situation.
But for Westbrook, he’s playing with a certain fire that could be enough to propel the Thunder into the second round and break Houston’s heart. It seems unlikely considering there’s an 8 game difference between the two, but stranger things have happened!
4. The Warriors blow another 3-1 Lead
The internet went crazy last year after the Warriors lost the Finals, despite being up 3-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Imagine how much more crazy it would be if it happened again? With the addition of Kevin Durant, the Warriors were automatically hailed as the favorites to win it all, way before the season ever began.
But instead of winning the Finals this year, what if they lose another 3-1 lead to the L.A. Clippers? It sounds crazy! If the Clips beat the Jazz than the two would be primed for a second round matchup. Not only would the Warriors be the laughing stock of the league, but they’d probably have to rebuild big-time in the off-season to figure out how to stop blowing leads.
3. Isaiah Thomas Will Score 60 Against The Cavaliers
All year long, the MVP talk has been swirling around three guys: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James. But the 5-foot point guard in Boston has been leading the Celtics to the number one seed in the East. And even though there’s no guarantee that the Celtics and the Cavs will face off this postseason, IT would surely love to show off his talent in front of LeBron.
No doubt it would be amazing to watch IT light up the defending champs. Even though 60 points does seem like much, it wouldn’t be the first time that Thomas has shocked the world.
2. The Raptors Get Swept In The First Round
Remember how hype Toronto was last year? They were the second best team in the East, and many thought they could pose a challenge to the Cavaliers. Once the playoffs hit though, things weren’t quite the same. They struggled to get past Indiana and had a hard time beating the Heat. Once they (barely) got to the Conference Finals, they had nothing left.
This time, the Raptors aren't quite as good, and the Wizards are knocking on their door. Even with the addition of Serge Ibaka, they might not have enough to get past the red-hot Wizards.
1. The Los Angeles Clippers Will Be The 2017 NBA Champions
Yeah, you read that right! As crazy as it seems, I had to go big for this one. In order for the Clippers to win it all, they’d likely have to beat the Jazz, Warriors, Spurs, and Cavs. The odds seem incredibly thin, and they are. However, let’s not forget how good they were at the start of this season. They were not only the best team in the West, they were the best team in the NBA. After a few weeks though, they were being riddled with injuries and their season fell flat.
But what if they suddenly found that groove again? It would be like a very storybook, miracle ending for a team that many have given up on. It would surely be the story of the year.