NBA: The Ultimate Eastern Conference Playoffs Darkhorse

The Eastern Conference has not been this exciting for many years. In this coming playoffs, we are about to see who is coming on top between the best teams in the East.

A lot of teams in the East have already a proven and tested roster. They already have the skill, the experience, and the guts to go head-to-head against some of the best teams in both conferences (east and west).

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Let’s review the top 8 teams in the East:

  • Miami Heat – led by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro, and Duncan Robinson. The top team in the East is comprised of some of the most talented players in the league today.
  • Milwaukee Bucks – the reigning champions are still one of the best teams in the league. Giannis and Middleton are still looking to lead this team towards another ring this season.
  • Philadelphia 76ers – the James Harden and Joel Embiid duo has been great so far. They have been on sync and are both playing very well. Embiid is playing his best basketball year while Harden is still an all-star caliber player.
  • Boston Celtics – the Celtics struggled earlier this season but have found their rhythm after the all-star break. Jayson Tatum is surely a superstar and may become a future face of the NBA. Furthermore, the C’s are the best defensive team in the league.
  • Chicago Bulls – the Bulls have surprised a lot of fans, as well as the league itself. They’ve exceeded expectations, but they seem to not get over the hump of defeating top teams in the East/West.
  • Toronto Raptors – Toronto Raptors are low-key championship contenders. They don’t make much noise like the Sixers, Bucks, Heat, or the Nets but this team does have a bright future ahead of them.
  • Brooklyn Nets – before KD was injured last January, the Nets were the best team in the East. Believe it or not, they are actually stacked with great talent – Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, Goran Dragic, and more. They are a terrifyingly good team and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they reach the finals this playoff.
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Looking at all the Eastern Conference teams above, we wouldn’t blame you if you pick one of them as your championship favorite. But, a dark horse managed to sneak into this club: The Cleveland Cavaliers

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What’s up with the Cavaliers?

The last time they made the Eastern Conference playoffs was when LeBron was still with them (in 2018). After LBJ left, the Cavs became the laughing stock of the NBA. Last season, the Cavs were the 13th seed in the East (22-50). The year before that, they were the worst in the conference, sitting at the 15th seed (19-46). In the 2018-2019 season, they were on the 14th spot (19-63).

Surprisingly, after a long playoff drought and continuous losing records, the Cavs are back on top as the 6th seed (41-30). Cleveland Cavaliers organization made great moves for their team by adding Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Rajon Rondo, and Lauri Markkanen. They also drafted talented players like Evan Mobley, Darius Garland (who was an All-Star this season), Isaac Okoro, and Collin Sexton.

Cleveland probably has the best young core in the league today. They have the skill, the talent, and the chemistry. The only thing they lack is the playoff experience.

If the playoffs would start today, they will be facing the terrific duo of Harden and Embiid in Philly. Though the Sixers won all of their games against the Cavs this season (3 out of 3), I wouldn’t count the Cavs out yet.

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