What to Look for as the NBA and NHL Playoffs Begin

Written by Zane Krikke (Sports Writer)

Time is running out as we get closer and closer to some of our favorite sports teams to enter the playoffs and see who is capable of bashing the competition and becoming the number one team to win their season. The  NBA playoffs start May 22nd excitingly and the Utah Jazz is the team with the most wins in the 2021 season so far. The NHL playoffs happening this Saturday on May 15th, the Toronto Maple Leaves are in first place for the most number of wins in their 2021 season so far. As restrictions for the coronavirus start to die down people can almost remember what it’s like living in a normal world again. Especially with sports returning to their normal schedule with only a few restrictions, but hopefully, this will be the last sports season that will be tampered with by the coronavirus 

Time is running out as we get closer and closer to some of our favorite sports teams to enter the playoffs and see who is capable of bashing the competition and becoming the number one team to win their season. The  NBA playoffs started May 22nd excitingly and the Utah Jazz is the team with the most wins in the 2021 season so far. The NHL playoffs happening this Saturday on May 15th, the Toronto Maple Leaves are in first place for the most number of wins in their 2021 season so far. 

The sports community is thriving with major sports such as NBA, MLB, & the NHL all in progress right now. With the coronavirus affecting nations, worldwide many restrictions and protocols must be followed such as social distancing still, mask, and having league games cut short this year and affecting the professional length of games these sports teams usually play. 

The NHL season started officially on January 13th and they’re now in their 9th week of the season. Normally there are 82 games in the league to win the Stanley Cup championship but due to coronavirus, only 56 games are happening this season. This is the 104th season of the NHL. This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs will feature the 16 best teams to brawl it out on the ice and fight for the number one victory cup. Saturday, May 15th will feature 20 teams battling each other to move closer to the playoffs. Winnipeg & Chicago, Buffalo & Pittsburgh, New Jersey & New York, Monreal & Philadelphia, Nashville and Dallas, Florida & Columbus, Winnipeg & Toronto, Tampa Bay & Detroit, Boston  & Carolina, Washington & Calgary. These teams will battle it out with each other to claim that victorious feeling of beating the other teams and climbing higher as the best team to enter playoffs for this year’s season. 

Excitingly we are on week 12 of this year’s NBA season. So far the Oklahoma city thunder has won the most games this NBA season. Due to the coronavirus and restrictions from it, only 72 games are being played this NBA season which is 10 less than usual as 82 professional games are regularly played out for the NBA season. This week we have several games happening for the NBA. On Saturday, May 15th we have the Chicago Bulls & Miami Heat, LA Clippers & Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic & Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers & Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks & Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks & New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves & Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State Warriors & Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns & Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets & Sacramento Kings. These are all games happening this coming Saturday, May 15th which will be an intense day watching these teams battle for victory.


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