NBA playoffs will continue playoff format

 Devin Miller

Sports Editor

 Though this is a difficult time for everyone due to COVID-19, the NBA playoffs will continue their traditional seven-game format that began last month. 

There are two to three games hosted per day in order to fit every game within their schedule. 

The 16 teams currently in the NBA playoffs include, the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

According to the official NBA website, the teams remaining from the western conference, during the semifinals include the Los Angeles Lakers at the number one seed, LA Clippers at the number two seed, Denver Nuggets at the number three seed and the Houston Rockets at the number four seed. 

 The Los Angeles Clippers are currently facing off with the Houston Rockets and are down one game, putting their series record at 0-1 for Los Angeles. However, the LA Clippers are up in their current series against the Denver Nuggets making their record 1-0. 

The teams remaining from the eastern conference, during the semifinals include the Milwaukee Bucks at the number one seed, Toronto Raptors at the number two seed, Boston Celtics at the number three seed and the Miami Heat with a technical number five seed.

 The Western conference consisted of the Portland Trailblazers with the number eight seed, and the Memphis Grizzlies with the number nine seed, fighting for the last slot in the NBA playoffs. 

This ultimately led to Portland going 1-0 taking the win in the series, and later competing with the Los Angeles Lakers, the number one seed. Which resulted, in the Los Angeles Lakers winning 4-1 in the series. 

 Within this bracket, the Houston Rockets, at the number four seed, battled it out with the Oklahoma City Thunder, at the number five seed. The Houston Rockets then won 4-3 in the series. 

The Denver Nuggets, at the number three seed, faced the Utah Jazz, at the number six seed, and ultimately won 4-3 in the series as well. 

 The LA Clippers, at the number two seed, took on the Dallas Mavericks, at the number seven seed and won the series 4-2. 

 During round one of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, the Eastern conference consisted of the Milwaukee Bucks, with the number one seed, and the Orlando Magic, with the number eight seed, and resulted in Milwaukee winning the series 4-1. 

Within this bracket, the Indiana Pacers, at the number four seed, faced the Miami Heat, at the number five seed, which lead to a technical underdog sweep from Miami Heat, after winning the series 4-0. 

 The Boston Celtics, at the number three seed, played the Philadelphia 76ers, at the number six seed, and eventually won the series with a sweep of 4-0. 

The Toronto Raptors, at the number two seed, faced the Brooklyn Nets, at the number seven seed, and resulted in another sweep of 4-0 in this series. 

The NBA playoffs Conference will be played on Sept. 30, 2020. The Western Conference teams will include the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Houston Rockets, and the LA Clippers vs. the Denver Nuggets. The Eastern conference teams will include the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat, and the Toronto Raptors vs. the Boston Celtics. 

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