*Ben Simmons’* continued struggles at the free throw line may prove to be costly in the playoffs (Photo by A. Dorcely )
Western Conference

#1 Utah beat #8 Memphis* 4-1. Donovan Mitchell is a star rising.
#2 Phoenix beat the #7 L.A. Lakers* 4-2. Anthony Davis’s continued ailments proved* to be too much to overcome as Devin* Booker looks to become “legendary”!
#3 Denver* beat* #6 Portland* 4-2. Dame Lillard didn’t have enough help as this year’s probable MVP, Jokic showed* why he’s in the running to win it.
#4 L. A. Clippers beat #5* Dallas* 4-3. Two was better than one in this series as Paul George and Kawhi Leonard put a stop to whatever Luka magic there was left in the only game seven of the first round.
Eastern Conference

#1 Philadelphia beat #8 Washington 4-1. Westbrook and Beal were not enough to* contend with the other probable MVP Embiid and his sidekick Ben Simmons.
#2 Brooklyn beat #7 Boston 4-1. The new BIG THREE* showed another* superstar in the making, Jason Tatum what life without all your parts on a team can lead to.
#3 Milwaukee vs #6 Miami* 4-0. The reigning MVP, Giannis and the rest of* the Bucks expunged the Heat before a four alarm blaze could get started.
#4 Knicks vs #5 Atlanta 4-1
My beloved New York Knicks with an* unbelievable season made it to the* playoffs only to run into a Young Hawk* rising *(pun intended).