Thanks to suggestions from you, our loyal readers, we make sure to give the people what they want! Without further ado, the official Brew Hoop Playoff thread is here. On the Bucks off-nights, we’ll create a spot to stir the discussion stew surrounding how other teams are faring in their own fight for a title. Apologies for not getting a new one up on Saturday, life got in the way...but here we go.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors (TOR leads 1-0)
Time: 7:00 pm (TNT)
The stakes: The Philadelphia 76ers were stymied by Toronto’s suffocating defense in game one, with Kawhi Leonard scoring a career playoff high 45 points. When he’s on, he is absolutely terrifying. Like Milwaukee, the Sixers really struggled from the field with a sub-40% shooting performance. Marc Gasol is a fascinating counter to Joel Embiid, who will have to be dominant if the Sixers have any chance in this series.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets (Series tied 0-0)
Time: 9:30 PM (TNT)
The stakes: Denver battled back against a weathered San Antonio Spurs squad to advance past the first round and show their regular season was no fluke. Now, they have a real shot to advance to the conference finals, but they’ll have to get by the firebreathing backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. There should be some spectacular offensive fireworks coming out of this series, I can’t wait to take it all in.
*All tip times are in CST.
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