The NBA regular season is officially in the books and the playoffs are just around the corner with all the first round matchups set and the 16 teams left ready to compete for an NBA title.
As always, there are a lot of intriguing matchups in the first round of playoffs, but there are a few that are better than others and one particular to keep your eye on as they could be a possible seven game series and one for the history books.
Last season we saw the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls battle it out in a first-round matchup for the ages as needed team was backing down an overtime game was something that became common.
Ultimately, the Boston Celtics were able to advance, but not without a fierce fight from the young and upcoming Chicago Bulls as Derrick Rose and company were able to extend the series to a full seven games.
Now that the dust has settled and we could reflect on this classic first round series between the Bulls and Celtics, many people believe that it is one of the best playoffs series of all-time. Another might not be a massive in the first round of this year’s playoffs but come close to that kind of competitive battle, I believe the first round matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks could be one to keep your eye this time around.
This season has been a surprisingly good one for both of these teams as they have exceeded expectations and headed into the playoffs with a lot of momentum and high hopes for the future.
Over the past couple of seasons the Atlanta Hawks have been a team on the rise, but I seriously lack experience were leadership to advance in the playoffs. This season things have changed as the team is finally come into its own and has become just as good on offense as it is on defense. Not only have the Atlanta Hawks become a possible title contender this season, but they have also found go to guy when games on the line in sixth man Jamal Crawford.
In the past, the Atlanta Hawks usually look to Joe Johnson is the guy to go to when the game is on the line and even though Johnson is still a viable option, Crawford has been the man for the Hawks this season.
Much like the Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen somewhat of a resurgence this year and become a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the Eastern conference led by rookie point guard Brandon Jennings.
Coming into this season it was thought to be just another year chemistry building and a feeling out process for their gamble on Brandon Jennings who played overseas last year due to ineligibility to enter the draft because of his age.
Fortunately, the gamble has paid off and it seems like a passing of the porch is gone from Michael Redd to Brandon Jennings as the young kid in the backcourt has become the official face of the franchise.
The only thing the Bucks will be missing in this playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks is the All-Star caliber shooting guard Michael Redd who went down earlier this season with yet another serious knee injury.
Even without Redd in the lineup, the Milwaukee Bucks have played brilliantly the second half of the season and are the team that I believe will really shocked some people in the playoffs!