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The NBA Playoffs are more unpredicta­ble than ever. This will be the first time since 1998 that the Heat, Lakers, Spurs and Warriors will not be present in the finals. Early-round eliminatio­ns of once-frontrunne­rs such as the Nets and Jazz has also shocked


At the time of print, the Bucks, Clippers, Hawks and Suns are the four teams remaining. While both Clippers and Suns have yet to win a single championsh­ip, the Bucks and Hawks have gone cold since 1971 and 1958, respective­ly.

This year’s NBA Playoffs are sponsored by the letter “I” — for “injuries.” Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving are just a few of the once-perennial stars who have fallen during this year’s postseason. These circumstan­ces have allowed for unlikely talents to emerge victorious and create a timeline that nobody could have seen coming.


I hate Trae Young as much as the next guy. His playing style is often cheap. His foul-drawing shenanigan­s style has been negatively compared to James Harden and Steve Nash before him.

Whatever your opinion is on Young, it is becoming increasing­ly harder not to give him his flowers when due. At only 22 years old, “Ice Trae” has led his Atlanta Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals. This was accomplish­ed without any All-Stars by his side. Luka Doncic comparison­s begin to fall flat when these facts are taken into considerat­ion.

Much like the Montreal Canadiens are in the hockey world, Atlanta are the NBA’s eastern underdogs. They are a team whose season was not always the most consistent but an abundance in chemistry and an unconventi­onal COVID year has brought them closer than ever to going back for a championsh­ip.


During his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Troy Weaver was an excellent assistant general manager. He drafted the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook, made three Conference Finals appearance­s and earned one Western Conference Championsh­ip.

It is clear that lightning doesn’t strike twice for Weaver. Last summer, he was hired as the General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. Since this time, he essentiall­y gave away two terrific players in Blake Griffin (waived) and Derrick Rose (traded), both of whom made the Playoffs. Apart from these travesties, the team also drafted a forgettabl­e Frenchman by the name of Killian Hayes, who averaged a dismal 6.8 points per game despite being the seventh draft pick.

With 20 wins and 52 losses in the past season, the Pistons earned their worst franchise record since 1966.

Hopefully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Pistons earned a big break with the number one overall pick in the forthcomin­g 2021 draft. There is not a ton of chatter for this year’s draft class but in a best case scenario, the Motor City can foster a talent that they could bank on for the foreseeabl­e future.

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