Eastern and Western NBA Conference Finals Update

Trevon Smith '19 Adam Kinberg '18, Staff Writers

The Conference Finals are here. The final stop before the grand stage that is the Finals in two weeks. Will we see for a 3rd time in a row a matchup of The Cleveland Cavaliers vs The Golden State Warriors? Or will we see Greg Popovich taking the Spurs back to the Finals? Or will Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics bring the 18th championship to the city of Boston?

Eastern Conference Finals:

The question every NBA fan has been waiting for. Who will face the defending champs, Cleveland Cavaliers? We knew the Cleveland Cavaliers would advance to the ECF after sweeping the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors. But, the second spot had not been filled. The Washington Wizards took on the Boston Celtics in a semi-final series that went to 7 games and Boston showed up in the 4th Quarter of Game 7 to win the game and end the series. Now, the Celtics take that spot.

The Eastern Conference matchup will be the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers own the Celtics this year. Beating the Celtics 3 times in the regular season. But as we all know the regular season does not have the same effect the postseason has.

We are  expecting a tough, physical series. The winner of the Eastern Conference Finals will move on to the biggest stage of them all, the NBA Finals. The Celtics have a tough task in front of them, but in the NBA anything can happen. Boston needs to be physical to have a chance.

For the Cavs, they have to stay focused to get back to the Finals for a second consecutive year. With the best player in the league, The King, Lebron James on their team, it’s hard to not look at the Cavs as favorites. But we shall see what happens. Anything can happen in the playoffs.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be on Wednesday May 16 at 8:30. Tune in to see two great teams go at it!

Western Conference Finals:

The Western conference finals are set with the Warriors and the Spurs fighting for the conference championship.

Before this, the Warriors faced the Portland Trail-Blazers in the first round. They swept the Blazers in four games as well as the Utah Jazz in the WCSF. There is not much to say about the Golden State Warriors as they have dominated every single game this postseason. The Warriors have all the momentum in the world.

The Spurs grinded out two tough series against the Memphis Grizzlies, then the Houston Rockets. The Spurs edged the Grizzlies in a tenacious six game series. The Grizzlies are one of the most physical teams in the league but the superstar play by Kawhi Leonard was was too much for Memphis.

Next, the Spurs faced the rockets in and uptempo battle that featured James Harden orchestrating the Houston offense. Harden had an amazing regular season, but could not finish in the big moments. The dominance of the Spurs was on full display in a game six blowout, clinching the series for San Antonio. Now the Conference finals match-ups are set.

The Warriors took Game 1 in Oakland, coming back from a 25 point Spurs advantage to win the game by two. Not only did the Spurs lose the game, but they also lost their best player, superstar Kawhi Leonard. Leonard re-injured his left ankle after Zaza Pachulia stepped on his shoe after shooting a mid range jumper. If, Kawhi cannot come back this series, the Warriors have a somewhat easy task ahead.

In Game 2, the Spurs got blown out 136-100, no surprise. Without their star Kawhi Leonard, these losses could very well cost San Antonio the series. The Spurs will look to get the win at home on Saturday, May 20th at 9:00 pm. And if the Spurs want to make this a series, they have to take Game 3 and 4. They HAVE to win the games at their house (AT&T Center).