NBA Power Rankings: The Regular Season Finale

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Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA season is close to over, with just one night of games left before 16 teams head for the playoffs and 14 teams head into the offseason.

The MVP race seemingly went in the direction of Russell Westbrook this week, after he had multiple monster games, including a game winning three against the Jazz. James Harden and the Rockets struggled, while Russ ended his season on a high note.

The Cavaliers had an opportunity to seal up the number one seed after beating the Celtics to open their week. The Hawks stepped in the way of those hopes, beating the Cavs twice, and the Celtics in Atlanta. That’s earning your five seed.

The Warriors terrorized the Western Conference with Kevin Durant coming back and looking healthy. They look like the team everyone thought would walk right on to the Finals. While San Antoino rested their players in the hopes of bringing their best to the postseason.

Most importantly the hometown Milwaukee Bucks won their 42nd game, earning their first winning record since 2010. Giannis Antetokounmpo is officially at a level of talent where he can just will his team to win games. He’s had a historic season, and is leading the Bucks into the playoffs with the most hope in many years.

Here’s to him getting his feet wet in the playoffs as the team’s number one option. The experience will only help him and the team in the future.

Now, let’s take one last look around the NBA.

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