Eight Teams Remain in The 2022 NBA Playoffs


Courtesy of cbssports.com

By Jenna Lewis, Staff Writer

As we reach the final wire of the NBA playoffs, eight teams remain. For the West, Phenox leads Dallas on a 3-2 run going into game six.  And the Golden State Warriors lead the Memphis Grizzlies 3-2 going into game six.

The Warriors became the second team in NBA history to make at least five consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and have the chance to close out their series this Wednesday. On the other hand, the Bucks are suffering the loss of Ja Morant during the remainder of the playoffs due to an ankle injury. They will need to look to the next leading scorers, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Senior Julie Jenkins says, “The warriors will definitely come out strong and win. they are up 3-2 right now, so I don’t see how they can be defeated, especially with Morant being out.”

As for the Pheonix, Dallas series, in their last game, the Suns defeated the Mavericks 110-80. For the Suns, Devin Booker is averaging 26.8 points and 4.8 assists and Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.6 points and 9.2 rebounds over the past 10 games. On the Mavericks side, Luka Doncic is scoring 28.4 points per game and averaging 9.1 rebounds and Jalen Brunson is averaging 23.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over the last 10 games. While the Suns are looking to clinch the series, the next game should be a good one.

On the Eastern side, with a 3-2 series, the Miami Heat leads the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite their game 5 loss, the 76ers have a great chance to come back. Players Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey, all had high scoring percentages during the finals. For the Heat, the main prospect, Jimmy Butler, has been averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game in the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks also are leading the Boston Celtics with a 3-2 series going into game 6. During their regular season, Milwaukee was in the top five of the NBA in offensive efficiency. Star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, had 40 points in Wednesday’s game. Although the Celtics will be hard to beat as well, with Jayson Tatum who scored 30 points in Monday’s game. Al Hartford of the Bucks also scored 30 points on Monday

So stay tuned for the next few games this week to see who the four final teams in the playoffs will be.