The online sports book experts always love a little drama with the NBA playoffs, but no one expected the headlines that we are already seeing early in the postseason. Fans all over the league are trying desperately to keep up as it seems like playoff momentum is changing every quarter of every game. As the first round draws to a close, there are particular headlines that the sports betting world is keeping a very close eye on.
How Important is Blake Griffin to the Clippers?
The online betting experts know that Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers entered these playoffs injured. He had a couple of injuries that were preventing him from doing his high-flying aerial displays that we have become accustomed to from Lob City. The most notable injury was a sprained ankle that Griffin said was no big deal. But when he aggravated that injury in game three of the series with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers started a rapid descent that will only stop when the team is knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Griffin is an important big man to the Clipper, but Los Angeles now has to worry about the fact that too much of its success hinges on the health of one player.
Is Oklahoma Powerless Without Russell Westbrook?
Any sportsbook bettor who looks at the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets may just think that Houston started to put on the pressure after game three. Unfortunately for the Thunder, things are a little more serious than that. There was always a question as to whether Michael Jordan could win without Scottie Pippen. Since Pippen never got hurt, the Bulls never had to find out. Can Kevin Durant win without Russell Westbrook, who was knocked out of the playoffs with an injury in game three? The answer so far would have to be a resounding no.
The Pride Of Boston
Whether it is on the baseball diamond, hockey rink or basketball floor, Boston refuses to go quietly against New York. Tempers were high and Boston’s intensity was renewed when the Celtics forced a game six after falling down to the New York Knicks 3-0. The Boston Red Sox know a little something about coming back against a New York team after being down 3-0, and that is the exact kind of energy that the Celtics are trying to create. No matter what happens in this series between these two teams, it has lived up to be the emotional and physical contest that it was advertised to be. These two teams do not like each other and it shows on the basketball court. But then again, it shows anytime a Boston team faces adversity against a team from New York. It has happened all throughout sports history and it will continue to happen into the future.
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