The Brooklyn Nets, the great unknown and threat on the way to the NBA play-offs

The nba regular season closed this past morning after 82 games in which Joel Embid He was crowned the top scorer (30.6 points per game) and became the first center to do so since Shaquille O’Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) in the 1999-2000 season.

The 12 teams that have closed their presence in the ‘play-offs’ are: Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets, the top six in the West; Y Miami Heatleader of the East, together with Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls.

The ‘play-offs’ will begin to be played on April 16, once the four teams that will come out of the ‘play-in’ are decided, the exciting preliminary rounds that they will face in the East the Nets and the Cavaliers, on the one hand, and Atlanta-Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets for another. In the West, the ‘Play-in’ clashes that will begin to be played this Tuesday will be Timberwolves-Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans-San Antonio Spurs.

the great threat

The Brooklyn Nets They are the great threat and unknown for the Eastern Conference “play-offs” and, if they confirm their role as favorites in the “play-ins”, they could cross paths with the boston celtics in the first round, while Joel Embiid and his Philadelphia 76ers they could collide with the Miami Heat in the conference semifinals.

His 76ers and the Nets represent the great unknowns facing the ‘play-offs’, because despite experiencing a regular season marked by ups and downs, they have top-level squads and stars that can threaten much more solid and organized teams such as the defending champions of the Bucks, the Celtics or the Miami Heat.

The Nets closed out the regular season with a 134-126 win over the Indiana Pacers and finished seventh in the East while the other play-in matchup will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets, the ‘bogeyman’

Built to go all out since last year, the Nets disappointed their fans’ expectations again this year, for a variety of reasons. But, at the same time, neither team will be happy to face them in the play-offs.

From the New York health mandate, which prevented Kyrie Irving compete at home until last month, to Kevin Durant’s injuries, through the departure of james harden and the arrival of Ben Simmons, who still hasn’t made his debut for personal reasons, the Nets have even seen their presence in the play-in at risk at times.

But they ultimately finished seventh, so they’ll play home court against the Cavs. If they win, they will enter the “play-offs” table as seventh and would play against the Celtics, second.

If they lose, they will play against the losing Charlotte Hornets-Atlanta Hawks with the last ticket in play and, if they win, they will be rivals of the Miami Heat.

The Celtics, seconds

Boston finally rose to second place in the Eastern Conference after the Bucks threw the game against the Cavaliers by resting all of their starters, in what could be a trap tie.

The Celtics beat the Memphis Grizzlies 139-110 and now await the winner of Brooklyn-Cleveland. The Grizzlies also gave opportunities to substitutes, including the canary Santi Aldamawho closed the regular season with a splendid game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

Embiid, top scorer

The other threat in the fight for dominance in the East is the 76ers from Joel Embiid and James Hardenwhich were classified fourth.

embiid He has had an unbeatable season and showed enough character to lead his team through thick and thin. He has had a new ally on his squad since February, a James Harden who chose “Philly” to go for the title.

The Cameroonian center became the top scorer of the 2021-2022 season this morning and the first center to do so since 2000. Before the start of the day, the Cameroonian center had 30.6 points per game with Giannis Antetokounmpo in second place with 29.9 points. . However, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that Antetokounmpo would not play the game against the Bucks, officially giving Embiid the title of leading scorer on the rebound.

The Sixers will have a difficult first round, against the Toronto Raptors, fifth, and if they advance they could meet Miami.

Bucks-Bulls, a classic

The bucksreigning champions, will have a relatively comfortable debut against the chicago bullswho return to the ‘play-offs’ after five years of absence.

Antetokounmpo He leads a team that, after last year’s title, has lifted the pressure and gained self-confidence, making them the franchise to beat in the East.

They have won all four regular-season games against the Bulls, who pin their ambitions on the performance of a DeMar DeRozan who has had an outstanding season (27.9 points per game).

The Phoenix Suns, the best

With only two ‘All Star’ level players, like Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Arizona franchise has closed the season as the best team, exerting an overwhelming dominance that had not been seen since the Warriors of 2017, although on this last day, with everything already decided, they gave up the victory against the Sacramento Kings (116- 109) giving rest to all his references Deandre Dayton, Jae Crowder and Cameron Payne, in addition to Booker and Paul and only five minutes to Mikal Bridges, waiting for the rival who will come out of ‘play-in’.

Klay Thompson arrives in great shape

the escort of Golden State He scored 41 points and seven triples in his team’s victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (107-128) that allowed them to hold the third position in the West ahead of Dallas and that will lead them to meet in the first round of their team in the West against the Denver Nuggets by Nikola Jokic.

The phenomenal performance of Klay Thompson (16 of 29 in field goals, with 7 of 14 in triples) was forged in only 31 minutes of play and it was his best balance of the season. His return to his highest level mentally rearms some Warriors who trust to have their base Stephen Curry, now injured, for the first game of the ‘play-off’.

Possible Doncic injury

Luka Doncic was injured in the last game of the Dallas Mavericks and left the game in which they ended up beating the San Antonio Spurs (130-120) when he had not yet finished the third game with a calf strain. By then, Doncic was the best on his team with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

“Hopefully it’s not too serious,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd, “We’ll have to wait and see how it evolves.”

The Mavericks, who had already guaranteed home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, have finished fourth in the West with 52 wins and 30 losses and will face the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (fifth in the West at 49-33). The Jazz closed their last game with a resounding victory against Portland by 80-111 with 20 points and 8 rebounds from Spanish Juancho Hernangómez.

Vogel, out of the Lakers

The elimination of LeBron James and Anthony Davies’ Lakers from the play-offs will have consequences. Frank Vogel, who guided the Los Angeles Lakers to the ring in the 2019-2020 season, will not continue as coach of the Los Angeles franchise after his historic failure this year, ESPN reported this Sunday.

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Adrian Wojnarowski, one of the journalists with the best sources in the NBA, assured on ESPN at the end of the Lakers’ last game of the regular season (victory over the Denver Nuggets after an extension by 141-146) that the announcement of the exit de Vogel will become official this Monday.

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