The 2017 NBA Playoffs are well underway, as most of the first round series are nearing conclusion (or have concluded if you are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers). With that being said, let’s take a moment to rank the top three first round series in terms of interest and excitement.
- This series gets the top spot for two reasons: one, the two teams are as close to evenly matched as you will get in the playoffs and two, the injuries to Rudy Gobert and Blake Griffin have made this series a lot more interesting as the two teams try and stay healthy.
- Being a Rockets fan, I have watched every second of every game in this series. Although the series isn’t tied (the Rockets hold a 3-1 lead with the next game being played in Houston) and will probably end Tuesday night, games 2-4 of the series have been incredibly close and filled with drama. Plus you get to enjoy incredible performances from MVP candidates James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
- This series was once thought to be a series that ended quickly, as the Spurs jumped out to a 2-0 series lead through two dominating performances. However, the Grizzlies responded by winning the next two games at home, including the best game of the playoffs (and possibly the season) in game four. The two teams will now fight it out in this slow, physical series.
The second round of the playoffs start next week, but we still have over a week left of what has been an exciting first round. Even the Cavaliers-Pacers series which ended in a 4-0 sweep for Cleveland included three exciting and close games.
As the top seeds attempt to avoid upsets, there are always underdogs (and up and coming teams like the Milwaukee Bucks) that are ready to steal the spotlight and the series.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the end to an incredibly entertaining first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs!