NBA Playoffs | A Mixed Bag of Emotions from Injuries to Firings to Historic Performances

By the time the many folks on the West coast had arrived to their offices for work, the NBA world had already been walloped with a barrage of news.

Chris Paul is entering the league’s COVID-19 health ad safety protocols, jeopardizing his availability in the Western Conference Finals.

Kawhi Leonard suffered a knee injury and could miss the rest of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Stan Van Gundy is out after one season as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, and Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is out after five seasons in DC.

And all of this happened within 12 hours of Kevin Durant’s performance for the ages in the Nets 114-108 Game 5 come from behind victory over the Bucks to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

What a way to begin your day. This morning the NBA sent shockwaves through the sport.

In addition to the bevy of news, the unveiling of All-NBA teams created debate and also cost some players millions of dollars.

You had James Harden’s play in his return although uninspiring in a numbers sense, was very inspiring to a Nets team that was teetering on the edge a bit after losing two games in Milwaukee over the weekend and losing star guard Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury as well.

Oh and to top it off the Dallas Mavericks parted ways with longtime general manager Donnie Nelson.

Rumors are he and star Luka Doncic weren’t see eye-to-eye as you how Doncic deals with referees amongst other things.

In a bit of good news congrats to LaMelo Ball on being named NBA Rookie of the Year.

Then you those like myself were wondering why Giannis Antetokounmpo the 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-NBA member this season never took on the challenge to guard the flaming hot Durant.

I mean he is 6’11 and Uber athletic and should be capable of at least making it a little tougher for Durant to just raise up and shoot. He says he’s gonna take the challenge in a do-or-did Game 6 for the Bucks back in “Cream City.”

Besides that just another day of NBA Playoff talk and games await us.

Y’all stay tuned, this ride isn’t anywhere close to being over.