Potential NBA Playoff Sleeper Teams

No. 5 Indiana: Victor Oladipo should be the league's Most Improved Player this season.

The NBA regular season felt like an eternity, however, unlike a year ago this postseason is shaping up to be one of the best.

The Greek Freak will be the most talented player on the floor but he can't afford a single night off in this series if Milwaukee are to stand a chance of causing the upset. Is it possible that they can still get to the finals, certainly.

The Warriors have built their imposing offence around Stephen Curry's skill-set and without him they haven't been able to maintain their dominate form. While injuries forced him to miss 22 games this season, he still managed to post strong numbers.

Davis reserved some of his best performances for Portland, notably when he went for 36 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and a couple steals in the same game.

In the first round they'll face the daunting San Antonito Spurs.

Houston enters the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and are coming off their first 60-win season in franchise history, so you know the pre-playoff hype video was on another level. Can the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers make a stunning postseason run? They're scrappy, and while the lack of talent will catch up to them at some point, it might just be later than everyone thinks. - Z.F. But under the leadership of Simmons the 76er's have done the opposite.

More news: Togadia's run of VHP is over

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged Friday that the league's lottery reform in place for next season may not be enough to deter teams from tanking games.

The Thunder have been a middle-of-the-road defensive team since losing Andre Roberson in January, and that figures to make the difference here - the Rockets will shoot 35-40 3-pointers per game against OKC, a team that has allowed opponents to make 39.1 percent of their 3s over their final 25 games.

Playoff teams split payouts from the pool, often toward bonuses for players and staff. They will be playing without their star player, Kiwiad Leonard. All that happened in the regular season doesn't matter. Although "The Process" got the best of them and moved ahead in the standings at the last second, you'd be out of your mind to count out James and the Cavaliers during the playoffs.

Serge Ibaka was terrific on Saturday, Delon Wright and C.J. Miles combined for 30 points off the bench, and Dwane Casey made gutsy calls to ride Wright over Lowry for key stretches, keep DeRozan on the bench in the fourth quarter when Toronto was rolling, and not play Jonas Valanciunas for much of the second half. They traded away 40 per cent of their roster at the deadline and have been trying to build consistency and chemistry. Cole clearly an avid fan of the pro game, also warns: "Watch out for the quiet ones, they bring the storm". James-led teams have won the Eastern Conference in each of the past seven seasons.

What a difference two years can make. A Wizards loss to the lowly Orlando Magic forced an early matchup with the Toronto Raptors. But can newcomers like Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Lance Jr, whom have a total of 11-playoff games between them, perform in uncharted territory?

After a season of chatter about how the merger of newly arrived stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook wasn't working, the Thunder still wound up with home-court advantage for the first round of the postseason. As much promise as they seem to have, the Bucks seems to be on an endless treadmill. They're unstoppable. As the great Marv Albert would say "They're sensational!" Taking it up a notch, Mitchell didn't even think he was worthy of being a first round draft pick this time past year.

No. 2 Celtics vs.

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