The NBA playoffs are a time when young, hungry teams can knock off the perennial powerhouses. A seven-game series allows teams to really expose each others’ weaknesses, which typically leads to great series. However, if the NBA postseason began today, two Pacific Division rivals would meet in a three-six mathchup that would put all the other series to shame. Imagine the exciting plays the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers would produce.
They meet frequently each season as division rivals and this year has already produced two classics, both won by Golden State, the would-be lower-seeded team. The Clippers currently lead the Pacific Division and seem destined for that third seed, but you can bet they don’t want to see the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. Golden State has knocked off Los Angeles in three of their four meetings this year and if I had to bet, I’d say that would be the case in the playoffs as well.
When everyone is healthy, these two teams match up very interestingly. Stephen Curry and Chris Paul are two very different point guards, but they are each the heart and soul of their team and watching them go at it would be a treat. The small forward would be a similar matchup of quickness versus muscle with Caron Butler guarding Harrison Barnes. Of course, all eyes would be on the showdown between power forwards David Lee and Blake Griffin, which would be the X-factor in the series.
Warriors young center Festus Ezeli would have his hands full with DeAndre Jordan, but all bets are off in that instance. In fact, that matchup alone is enough to draw extreme interest from the above-average basketball fan. And to say that after listing the other three enticing scenarios, this series has seven games and lots of overtime written all over it.
Seriously, which series would be better if the NBA playoffs started today?