With each series two or three games deep, we have a rough idea of who is in the drivers seat. Some of the higher seeds could be in trouble, while others are rolling. Which higher seeds are in the most danger of being upset?
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#7 Indiana Pacers upsetting #2 Cleveland Cavaliers down 3-0
AT half time of Game 3 with the Pacers leading 74-49 the number would probably have been sitting at two maybe even three out of ten. Fast forward to the end of a match and a 119-114 W for the Cavs, matching the biggest comeback in playoff history (they trailed by 26 at one point) means it’s curtains for the Pacers.
#8 Portland Trailblazers upsetting #1 Golden State Warriors down 2-0
I really thought that Portland could potentially steal Game 2 with Kevin Durant sidelined, but instead they laid an egg. The 2nd quarter saw them put up a fight although it meant little in the end. The Warriors juggernaut is just too good for the Blazers to stand a chance.
#7 Memphis Grizzlies upsetting #2 San Antonio Spurs down 2-1
SORRY Memphis fans, your team is just not coming back to win. A united front in Game 3 helped the Grizz to an easy win, but the Spurs are just too good. Even if the refs robbed you of Game 2, it will mean little in the long run.
#5 Atlanta Hawks upsetting #4 Washington Wizards down 2-0
WASHINGTON looked a lot like the team that dominated the NBA during early 2017 in Games 1 and 2 of the series. Brandon Jennings and Bojan Bogdanovic are leading the bench and John Wall is playing like a man possessed, and unless Dwight Howard winds back the clock and starts pumping out 20/20 games the Hawks aren’t making it through.
#6 Oklahoma City Thunder upsetting #3 Houston Rockets down 2-0
AS long as OKC has Russell Westbrook in uniform than anything is possible. After seeing the superstar MVP co-favourite nearly drive the Thunder to a Game 2 upset it’s not inconceivable to see them winning both games on their own court. Their defensive talent is obvious but to keep up with Houston they will need to find another consistent source of points from their roster.
#5 Utah Jazz upsetting #4 LA Clippers tied 1-1
LOSING Rudy Gobert at the beginning of Game 1 was seemingly the nail in the coffin for the Jazz. They did however manage to still win that game at the buzzer on the road and still have a solid bench with seasoned vets who can make a difference. Arguably the best defensive big man in the game, Gobert has also been ruled out for Game 3 at this stage and Utah’s success hinges on his availability.
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#6 Milwaukee Bucks upsetting #3 Toronto Raptors up 2-1
MILWAUKEE shocked the world and stole Game 1 in the Air Canada Centre with Kyle Lowry stinking it up. Game 3 on their own home court went their way as well with DeMar DeRozan going 0-8 from the floor and the Bucks creating a 20 point 1st quarter lead. All Star Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the lanky Bucks to a potential 1st round shock and it’s just a shame that Jabari isn’t healthy to lead Milwaukee deeper into the post season.
#8 Chicago Bulls upsetting #1 Boston Celtics leading 2-0
THE Celtics are in real trouble. Rebounding has never been a strength for Boston and they are being severely exposed this series. No one can create offense beside Isaiah Thomas, their bench is abysmal, Robin Lopez looks like the best center in the league and Jimmy Butler is playing like Michael Jordan. Unless Brad Stevens can weave some serious magic Boston may be on the verge on an early exit.
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