The Milwaukee Bucks are about to embark on their postseason journey with the end goal being to make it to the NBA Finals. Here’s why they’ll do it.
It’s finally here. The moment NBA fans have been eagerly awaiting for months has finally arrived, as the NBA playoffs begin this weekend.
We’ve gotten through the post-All-Star slog that are the months of March and April and can finally talk about the season’s endgame: who will make it to the Finals?
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In previous years, the playoffs have felt like a formality with LeBron James having the entire Eastern Conference in an unbreakable Coquina Clutch for nearly an entire decade. But now, the King has moved West, and the East is once again anyone’s to grab.
Over the regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks have proven to be the most formidable challenger to the vacant throne. With the conference and league’s best regular season record at 60-22, the Bucks have been dominant from October to April.
That’s not to say there aren’t other worthy challengers, though. Spurred on by LeBron’s departure, numerous other teams made bold moves to gather talent in an effort to finally break through to the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors made one of the biggest moves of the 2018 summer by trading for Kawhi Leonard and then hiring a new coach in Nick Nurse to try and finally get over the hump and into the Finals after repeated playoff failures.
The Boston Celtics have been gathering talent the past couple of years for this moment exactly, with Kyrie Irving and the returning Gordon Hayward bolstered by young talents such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.
Philadelphia has finally stopped trusting the process and pushed all their chips in to the center of the table to get the 76ers into the Finals for the first time since Allen Iverson roamed the court. The 76ers pulled off two blockbuster mid-season trades to acquire Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to aid Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
For months, we’ve known that the Eastern Conference playoffs were going to be a bloodbath, with each team sporting a fair chance to advance to June and star players on each side looking to stake their claim as the best in their conference.
There can only be one, though. That one team will be the Milwaukee Bucks.
For the first time in my life as a Bucks fan, not only am I confident that the Bucks will move past the first round of the playoffs, but they’ll make it all the way to the top of the league and represent the East in the NBA Finals.
Here’s why I’m confident, and if you’re a Bucks fan, you should be too.