NBA Playoffs: Triumphs and Tribulations

NBA Playoffs: Triumphs and Tribulations
NBA Playoffs: Triumphs and Tribulations


  • Anthony Edwards: Outshone Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal in Game 1 against the Suns.
  • Nikola Jokić: Dominated the glass and led the Nuggets to a win over the Lakers, continuing their recent dominance against LeBron James.
  • James Harden: Led the Clippers to a surprising victory over the Mavericks in Game 1 despite the absence of Kawhi Leonard.
  • OKC's Resilience: Survived a tough battle against the Pelicans in Game 1 of the playoffs, despite having fewer free-throw attempts than their regular season average.


  • Orlando Magic's Offense: Struggled mightily in their first playoff game, scoring only 62.7 points per 100 halfcourt possessions and shooting poorly from deep.
  • Philadelphia's Rebounding: Gave up 55 rebounds to the Knicks, who dominated on the offensive glass in Game 1.
  • Miami Optimism: The Heat's hopes of winning a series against the Celtics seem overly optimistic after a blowout loss in Game 1.
  • Pacers' Golden Opportunity: Failed to capitalize on Giannis Antetokounmpo's absence in Game 1 against the Bucks, allowing Damian Lillard to take control and put Milwaukee in a strong position.

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