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FanWide’s NBA Playoff Round 2 Guide for the Casual Fan (Part 2)

The 2017 NBA Playoffs are in full swing and it’s not too late to get in on the action.

This is a continuation of the 2017 NBA Playoff Guide for Casual Fans Part 1.

Washington Wizards

Good: The Wizards have been a team that has seemingly finally gotten it together. Bradley Beal is fun and exciting to root for while John Wall is the superstar everyone has been waiting on. Let’s be honest, D.C. sports fans haven’t exactly had the best of  luck recently, so this one can be theirs.

Bad: There is a silver bullet somewhere here. They seem to be lacking that “certain something” to make them worthy of winning the championship. After Game 2 of the second round, it is proving difficult for the team to close out games, even with two 10 point leads during the game.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Good: In the first game of the series, LeBron James had a big night with a win over the Raptors. He is also considered one of the greatest professional basketball players ever and CBS calls him the “likable superstar.”

Bad: They just won last year. Dysfunction is a common theme with the Cavs. In the regular season, Tristan Thompson shot a career-worst 49.8% from the free-throw line. The team has been inconsistent and after going 7 – 10 in March alone (including some unexpected injuries of LeBron), it could be difficult for the Cavs to make it much further in the series.

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Toronto Raptors

Good: Another underappreciated team with a loyal fan base. The Raptors are the team of Canada. They are exciting to watch. Cheering on the Raptors versus the Cavaliers is cheering for the underdog.

Bad: The second series of the playoffs features the Raptors versus the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers, while they can be inconsistent, are also expected in the finals (along with the Warriors).

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San Antonio Spurs

Good: Gregg Popovich is arguably the best NBA coach of the last decade, and he is known for squeezing the best of every player on his roster. Even with only a couple stars left from the recent NBA playoff runs of the last 4-5 years, “Pop” has is the juicer that can squeeze the most talent out of every piece of talent his roster.

Bad: Aside from Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs lack name recognition for casual NBA fans.

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Who do you think will win each of their series? Do you think the Cavaliers and Warriors will face each other once again in the playoffs? Leave a comment below!

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