This player will shine in the playoffs…
Lasaitis: Deron Williams. After a slow start to the season, Williams has increased his numbers in every single month this year. He is hitting top form at the right time for the Brooklyn Nets, and could very well remind the league that he is still one of the best point guards in the league. In April, the Nets’ floor leader put up 24.6 points and 8.4 assists per game.
Walker: Chris Paul. It is sometimes frustrating watching him play so passively in the early quarters of regular season games, but it is all for this moment. The point god doesn’t need to hold back any longer and the tension built up from an entire season of tediously saving his body is about to be released. Paul is the third best player in the world and now he is now finally able to play like it for all four quarters. Defenders beware.
Cook: James Harden. Harden played very well in last year’s playoffs, leading Houston to make a huge offseason trade to acquire him. He continued his excellent play throughout the season and now he gets the chance to light it up against the team that traded him away in Oklahoma City, whom he memorably put up 44 points on in February. He may not advance past the first round against the Thunder, but he’ll have an amazing playoff performance nonetheless.
Krivitsky: Wilson Chandler has been a key cog for Denver all season; with the injury to Danilo Gallinari, he becomes vital. Chandler’s versatility gives George Karl the necessary flexibility to deploy the Nuggets’ most lethal offensive line-ups. At 115.5, one of the 6”8 forward’s highest offensive ratings comes against Denver’s first-round opponent, the Warriors. Chandler’s half-court offense is going to be a significant factor in the outcome of this series.
Stafford: Steph Curry. I guess you could say Steph Curry already shined earlier this season when he dropped 54 in Madison Square Garden, but this time every one of his games will be on national television and even the casual fans will finally realize what a special player Curry is.
These two teams will meet in the NBA finals…