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The 2018 NBA Conference Finals have finally begun and 4 teams are still in the quest for a title. But the question is which team will win it all?

The 2018 NBA Conference Finals have finally begun and 4 teams are still in the quest for a title. But the question is which team will win it all?

The 2018 NBA Conference Finals have finally begun and 4 teams are still in the quest for a title. But the question is which team will win it all?

The 2018 NBA Conference Finals have finally begun and 4 teams are still in the quest for a title. But the question is which team will win it all?


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The Conference Finals are finally here! And only 4 teams remain in the quest for a championship. They are the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and the Boston Celtics. But who will win it all this year? Will it be the reigning champion Warriors, the underdog Celtics, the James Harden Rockets, or the LeBron James Cavaliers?

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Celtics SF Jaylen Brown hits shot against Bucks SF Jabari Parker in the first round of the 2018 Playoffs. The Celtics are defying all the odds and are now up 2 games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

First we have the Boston Celtics. The Celtics this year weren’t expected to make a run in the playoffs thanks to injuries of Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward during the regular season. But with the rise of youngsters like Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics prevailed in series against the Bucks and the 76ers. Both were top 3 picks in recent drafts. In 13 games this postseason Tatum has averaged 18.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 3.2 assists per game. Another star this postseason for the Celtics is SF Jaylen Brown. Brown this postseason has put up solid numbers averaging 17.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and

Rockets PG James Harden driving to the basket against Warriors SF Kevin Durant during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

1.3 assists per game. These two stars seem to be leading the Celtics this postseason, but can they prevail and win their first NBA Finals since 2008?

Next up we have the Houston Rockets. The Rockets this season have been what we expected, having a record of 65-17 winning the Western Conference. Their stars include Center Clint Capela. Capela this season has been a solid rim protector and has certainly helped the Rockets become the best team in the Western Conference. His numbers this postseason are 14.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Another star on the Celtics is James Harden. Harden this year have been putting up MVP type numbers. So far in the playoffs  Harden is averaging 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game. The rockets this year are serious contenders, but will they continue their playoff run all the way to the finals for the first time since 1995?

Warriors SF Kevin Durant hits three over Spurs PG Dejounte Murray during the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Next up we have the Golden State Warriors, the dubs this season have not lived up to the hype. As they had a record of 58-24 placing 2nd in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets. Their stars include SF Kevin Durant. Durant this season have been leading the way for the Warriors when there were multiple injuries to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. He is averaging 28.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Another star on the Warriors is PG Stephen Curry, Curry the 2-time MVP has been struggling this season due to multiple ankle injuries during the regular season. In the playoffs Curry is averaging 23.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers hits the game winning shot over the hand of OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors to win Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Finally we have the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs this season have been up and down thanks to a roster makeover at mid season. Their regular season record was 50-32, as they placed 4th in the Eastern Conference behind the 76ers, Celtics, and Raptors. One of their star players include LeBron James. James this season have been carrying the team all the way to the Conference Finals with an average of 33.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 9.2 assists per game. He also hit 2 game winning shots during the playoffs this year! Another star on the Cavs roster is C Kevin Love, Love this postseason has been a good second scoring option for the Cavs as he is averaging 15.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in the playoffs. This might be LeBron James’s worst roster ever, but does he have the talent to continue their postseason run all the way to the finals for the 8th time in a row?

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