This series could be a heated, seven-game prize fight, or a four-game sweep that we cannot have end soon enough. It’s nearly impossible to figure out the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks, and this playoff series has us stumped trying to predict it.
Washington is the Eastern Conference’s most surprising team. John Wall had his best season yet, playing well enough that he could have been considered for the MVP had it not been a historic race, while Bradley Beal finally stayed healthy from front to back, just about. Between those two and the steadily improving Otto Porter Jr., the Wizards are very deserving of their spot as a top-four seed in the conference.
The Thunder never really appeared to have a real shot against the Rockets in this series. No matter how well Russell Westbrook played, the Thunder team as a whole would fall short. It was a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation during the playoffs, but honestly, it was that way all year for him. If nothing else, his final game of the season was a perfect metaphor for what had been going on all year.
Westbrook’s line speaks volumes: 47 points, 10 rebounds, nine Cheap Zach Parise Wild Jerseys assists, 15-of-34 shooting. His fourth quarter stats reveal another layer: four points, 2-of-11 shooting. Let’s go another layer: on his final shot attempt, he stole an offensive rebound from the Rockets, who really should have known better, immediately scored on a layup, and missed a layup in a foolhardy attempt to earn another Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys possession through offensive rebounding, even though the made shot would have turned it into a three-point game.