Before the start of the 2020-21 season, do you think the following things will happen?
1. Trey Young led the Hawks to the playoffs and eliminated the number one in the Eastern Conference to enter the Eastern Conference Finals.
2. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to sweep the runner-up Heat of last season, and then climbed out of the 0-2 danger, 2-3 desperate situation, and eliminated the Nets, and it was in the case of Durant’s madness.
3. After Leonard was injured, Paul George led the team to capture Tianwang Mountain, then fell behind by 25 points in the sixth game and turned back home, sending the league first in the regular season without even giving a chance for a tie-break.
4. Booker brought the Suns, who had not made the playoffs after 2010, to the second place in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, he killed the defending champion Lakers. In the second round, he eliminated the Nuggets with MVP and pushed the Western Conference finals. Door.
All of the above, a single occurrence is a small probability, and all of them will come true, which is somewhat unbelievable.
why? Because the names of the players listed were often associated with “unreliable” before this season, it might seem more appropriate to change the name to “LeBron James”.
Trey Young, the first two years of his NBA career, the stats were so high, and then the Eagles won 49 games in total. Even the veteran hawks would watch Doncic’s exchange for “Blow Young” that year’s blood pressure soared.
Antetokounmpo, in the past two years, he has successfully labeled himself as “the least likely to play MVP in the playoffs”. The three-point line and the free throw line are simply the psychological breakdown of the Bucks.
George, the “playoff pepper”, played as a background board for Lillard’s lore in the previous two playoffs. He was 4 of 16 in the tiebreaker against the Nuggets and 0 of 6 in the fourth quarter.
Booker, the sole owner of an active player with 70+ in a single game, is also the only active player who scores more than 60 in a single game but loses. Prior to the 2020-21 season, Booker’s NBA career single game scored in the top four games ended in failure, emptying the group of VIPs.
These are not enough. The most famous incident in the career of Trey Young’s frontline chief assistant Collins was the 25-game suspension for violating the league’s drug regulations. The first assistant Capella in the interior was considered by the Rockets to not meet the requirements of the small ball era. The substitute general Louis- “Chicken Wings”-Williams’ reputation is so bad that he has to take two second-round picks in the trade, or send it away. Hert, who had zero playoff experience before this season, has always been considered icing on the cake. As for Gallinari, he has played a total of 4 playoff series before this season. As a shooter, he has shot less than 40% in two series.
Next to Antetokounmpo is Middleton, who will have a match after a match in the previous playoffs, and Holiday, who is always said that he is underestimated, but can’t tell where he is underestimated. Around George are “Opponents who call and send points” Reggie Jackson, Batum, who was sprayed out of retirement by Hornets fans before joining the Clippers, Morris, who was fascinated in his shots, and one who played in the playoffs last season. The second-round rookie who scored 4 points in 27 minutes was named Mann.
As for Booker, Paul is of course a good eldest brother, but he is 36 years old and has the old tradition of alerting his body as soon as the playoffs. Ayton has outstanding talents, but after entering the league, he is used to “getting a double-double.” I won’t do it when I’m over, and the style of the game is soft. “Dunbao” once became a derogatory term.
Putting the names of these players together, and considering the opponent’s power value, how to arrange and combine them, it is a bit difficult to touch things to decide the floor.
However, they really did it. Those who were frustrated, completed their breathtaking counterattack.
Trey Young proved in the 2021 playoffs that his ability to develop offense is not losing to Dongcic, and he has the arrogant attributes of “you look at me upset, but there is no other way”.
Although Antetokounmpo still put me two meters, I may not be able to throw a three-point shooting level. This season, Bolt has added a free throw quirk that he has run 100 meters and the ball has not been shot yet, but he will The offensive basket played to the extreme, the series against the Nets averaged 22 points per game in the penalty area. More importantly, Antetokounmpo, after failing in the playoffs in the previous two years, he understands a truth, do what he is good at, give others what he is not good at, and don’t mess around by himself.
All in all, Antetokounmpo has learned to use strengths and avoid weaknesses.
After losing two consecutive games in the Clippers Western Conference semifinals, George averaged 31.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the next four games, shooting 44.1% from three-pointers, leading the team to pull four games in a row. There was no “small card” in the Tianwang Mountain battle. “Pickled Pepper” led the team with 37 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists with a single core. 14 of the 37 points came from the penalty area and took the lead in challenging Gobert’s defensive barrier. That was the courage and courage that George had missed for a long time. Resolutely.
Booker, who played in the playoffs for the first time, encountered the problem of Paul’s injury at the beginning. Then he resisted the pressure and shot the problem. In the first round, he played the Lakers in 6 games and 4 games with 30+, and scored 77 points on the fifth and sixth occasions. Directly defeated the Zijin Army. In the semifinals against the Nuggets with MVP Jokic, Booker directly led the team to 4-0 clearance, sweeping the battle with 34 points and 11 rebounds. In the opening game of the Western Conference Finals, without Paul, Booker had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, still “Booker” thinking.
They are not fighting alone. Collins and Capela both averaged double-doubles in the 76ers series. Hert and Gallinari joined forces to contribute when Trey Young missed the shot in the tie-breaker. With 44 points, while the Hawks were able to reach the tie-break and finally win the series, how could they forget that Lu Wei scored 13 points in the fourth quarter with 26 points in the fifth reversal.
Middleton and Holiday became Brother Antetokounmpo’s right-hand man. When the Nets defended against the letter’s shooting weakness, “Midou” and “Holiday Brother” used mid-range shots to break the defense, allowing Antetokounmpo to focus on his strengths and hit the basket. , Defensive mopping up, this is the best letter.
George is not alone. The Clippers’ fifth element is a combat team. Batum, Morris, and Jackson provided support on both offensive and defensive ends of Pickle. Mann even scored 39 points in the sixth game to fill in. The “small card” lacks a blank space.
Behind Booker, he stood with a shoulder injury that couldn’t get below the line of fire. He trained his opponents again and again. He averaged 25+10 in the Western Conference semifinals. Paul, who had 41 assists and only 5 turnovers in 4 games, and Ayton, who was even more impressive. In the second round, the Lakers’ inside team was beaten up. In the second round, they played against the teacher, defended one-on-one, helped defend the basket, and “eat cake” in the pick and roll. In this playoffs, “Dunbao” has truly become the “treasure” of the Suns.
The last four teams that entered the East-West Finals won the championship in 1971, when the Bucks won the championship. The Suns and the Clippers had zero championships in history, and the Hawks had a championship experience, but that was in 1958. These four teams are not rich in “ancestors”, and the Clippers are especially “poor.” They have not even made the Western Conference Finals before this season.
The 2021 championship will be produced in these four teams. Is this the prelude to the NBA’s change of dynasty, or is this a special season that brings accidental bonuses?
Due to the shortening of the offseason and the intensive schedule, the 2020-21 season is scarred, so there are many “ifs”. If Embiid is not on the court with a slightly torn meniscus, if Harden’s hamstring and Irving’s ankle are fine, if Mitchell’s foot is healthy, Conley has not injured 5 consecutive games in the semifinals, if the thick eyebrows have a groin Well, Lao Zhan didn’t twist his ankle that time.
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