Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs

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According to the NBA's MVP ladder of week 25, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was on top of the chart, and James Harden of the Houston Rockets was second.

Which team is able to play elite defense will go far in determining who will hoist the 2019 NBA Championship Trophy.

The Warriors earned top spot in the Western Conference in 2018-19 and open the playoffs as favourites to hang a third straight banner.

Or Toronto, humiliated by the Cavaliers in the last two years but armed now with a former NBA Finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard. They've become the blue collar workhorse team of L.A. Their ability to scrap will annoy the Warriors. But since Durant signed with Golden State, he's been the one that's made the biggest playoff shots for the Warriors and carried the team when they've found themselves in trouble. Mike Scott may very well be their most reliable player coming off of the bench. Add to that speculation about Irving's future and his unique take of team leadership (publicly calling out team-mates, walking back comments pledging his future to the Celtics) and a season many predicted would see them become the East's best team has turned into a campaign of struggle.

ORACLE SHINES AGAIN: The Warriors said a ceremonial farewell to Oracle in their final regular-season home game April 7. This is the fourth Player of the Month honor for Antetokounmpo this season after he won the award for the months of February, December and October/November.

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Brook Lopez has been the iron man and two-way anchor for injury-riddled Bucks this season: Also of the Journal Sentinel, Matt Velazquez touched on the stabilizing presence Brook Lopez has been for the Bucks throughout the season as well as providing some other news and notes heading into the team's final game of the regular season.

It's easy to forget how awesome Leonard was two postseasons ago when he briefly put a scare into the Warriors before suffering an injury that ended his playoff run.

That stat only takes regular-season games into account.

The bottom three teams in the West's playoff race have waited till the last day of the National Basketball Association season to finalize their seed. Harden wasn't bad last postseason, but he didn't look like the MVP in the Western Conference Finals. Therefore, Brogdon is most likely out for the entire first round of the playoffs. So there will be no rematch of last year's title series out West, a tussle where the Rockets had a 3-2 series lead before Chris Paul's hamstring balked and the Warriors went on to advance and reach the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have never won the conference title in franchise history. Something that dates back to 2001 having lost eight consecutive first round appearances.

The new era of foreign-born National Basketball Association players, which includes Antetokounmpo and Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Dončić, is certainly making the game more competitive and more exciting than ever before for fans all over the world.

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"Totally different. They're the young upstarts now, we're the veteran team", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. He's a beast defensively and is usually unstoppable in the paint.

When Do All The Games Take Place? Led by Shaquille O'Neal and an emerging Kobe Bryant, the Lakers compiled a league-best 67-15 record.

The following seasons produced much more dramatic Finals experiences. On the other hand, Oklahoma City is one of the league's most confusing teams.

The Thunder and the Blazers may provide one of the most intense series in the first round, as top-tier competitors Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook will be sure to leave it all on the floor. He's somehow averaged a triple-double in three straight seasons, and he probably plays harder on a nightly basis than anyone in the league.

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