Please disable your adblock and script blockers to view this page

Superstar Matchups We Want to See in the NBA Playoffs


NBA
Lakers
Jazz-Nuggets
Jokic
Sixers
Sixers-Heat
Philly
GM
Nash-era Suns
Durant-era Warriors
Raptors
Clippers
Lakers-Clippers
MVP
the Greek Freak
the Raptors offense?Thankfully
Westbrook
the Banana Boat
Hall of Famers
Bucks
LeBron
A Raptors-Clippers Finals
Bucks-Lakers
Blazers
Celtics-Sixers


Giannis Antetokounmpo
Russell Westbrook
Damian Lillard
Joel Embiid
Nikola Jokic
MVP
Lakers
Bill Simmons
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
   
Jamal Murray
Donovan Mitchell
Mike Conley
Rudy Gobert
Kawhi Leonard
Joker
Jimmy Butler
Al Horford
Bam Adebayo
Andre Iguodala
Jae Crowder
Daryl Morey
James Harden
Luka Doncic
Beard
Miami Heatles
Clippers
Paul George
Khris Middleton
Eric Bledsoe
Pascal Siakam
Kawhi Leonard's
Robert Covington
P.J. Tucker
Steven Adams
Larry O'Brien Trophy
Chris Paul
Avery Bradley
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Dennis Schroder
Danilo Gallinari
Andre Roberson
Hamidou Diallo
Terrance Ferguson
Luguentz Dort
Ben Simmons
Charles Barkley
Chuck
Kevin Durant
Adam Silver
Klaw
CJ McCollum
Carmelo Anthony
Jusuf Nurkic
LaMarcus Aldridge's
Jayson Tatum


Pelicans
Greek
Frenchman
Cameroonian
Texan
Rockets
Australian
the Greek Freak


North
West


the Hall of Fame Pyramid


Zion Williamson
We'll
Miami
Chicago
Philadelphia
Mavericks
Harden
Milwaukee
Los Angeles
Kawhi
Toronto
Siakam
Oklahoma City
Houston
Oklahoma City's
Zion Williamson's
New Orleans
Canada
Portland


the NBA Finals
the Western Conference Finals
Eastern Conference Finals
All-Star Game

Positivity     37.00%   
   Negativity   63.00%
The New York Times
SOURCE: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2902673-superstar-matchups-we-want-to-see-in-the-nba-playoffs
Write a review: Bleacher Report
Summary

In a potential Finals against the Lakers, he could solidify his global status while also making meaningful strides up the Hall of Fame Pyramid, to borrow a framework from Bill Simmons.Standing in Giannis' way, however, are LeBron James and Anthony Davis.An All-NBA-caliber defender this year, Davis has the length and agility to bother the Greek Freak, while LeBron has limited Giannis to just 2-of-10 shooting in the teams' two matchups. Despite potential fireworks from Jamal Murray, Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, the outcome of a Jazz-Nuggets series would likely hinge on the play of Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic.Though Jokic is arguably the modern big man, whipping passes all over the court and making threes like someone half a foot shorter, centering (sorry) these two in a series would be a fun old-school complement to the hyper-athletic stylings of players like Giannis, LeBron, Kawhi Leonard and more.Much has been made about Jokic’s weight loss, and for good reason. Behind Doncic's All-NBA-caliber production, the Mavericks produced the best offensive rating in league history in 2019-20, ahead of any Nash-era Suns, Miami Heatles or Durant-era Warriors teams.The stakes will become more clear when we know what round this potential matchup takes place, but a clash of the league's two most analytically minded superstars would nevertheless serve as a good progress report for where each of them—and the NBA's stats movement more generally—stands.For fans of the modern NBA and wing-dominated small ball, this is about as good as it gets.Most teams succumb quickly to Giannis Antetokounmpo because they don't even have one defender to challenge him. That responsibility will start with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who might be the two best perimeter defenders in the NBA when engaged.Leonard's strength and huge hands and George's lateral quickness, wingspan and active hands make them ideal candidates to stop Antetokounmpo.As fun as it would be to see Giannis win his first championship, Milwaukee beating the Clippers in the Finals is a scary thought.If Leonard and George can't slow him down, then nobody else has a prayer for the next half-decade.The Lakers and Clippers have played four times this year, and each matchup was riveting. Though the Clippers have a deeper roster from top to bottom, the sheer greatness of LeBron James and Anthony Davis has made the Lakers a perfectly legitimate opponent, which is why the two teams are generally considered favorites to meet in the Western Conference Finals.At the center of a Lakers-Clippers series will be the matchup between its four best players. Giannis has dominated their matchups historically, calling Simmons a "baby" last year and limiting him to just one field-goal attempt over 53.9 partial possessions this season, but hopefully the Australian can combat the Greek Freak in Philly's new rotations.The Sixers' best game this year came against the Bucks on Christmas when Embiid and Simmons combined for 46 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists in a 12-point victory. In that case, we would be in for some brilliant basketball.Between the Pelicans potentially not making (or losing) the play-in tournament and Zion Williamson's minutes restriction extending into the playoffs, there are many scenarios in which this matchup either doesn't occur or is a letdown.On the other hand, the best-case scenario for a series between LeBron James and Zion is mouthwatering.When analysts try to find an accurate player comparison for Zion, they usually arrive at Charles Barkley because Chuck also combined his girth and athleticism in a unique way.

As said here by Mandela Namaste