NBA Playoffs 2021: Who is the postseason MVP so far?
Three weeks into the 2021 postseason, we have seen the emergence of teams led by the next generation of stars – a group that includes the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young and Devin Booker. There are also the playoff regulars – a pair of two-time Finals MVPs in Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, who are putting on a show for their respective teams. Who's been the MVP of the playoffs up to this point? Our NBA.com Staff discusses and share theirThe shortened 72-game season and the ensuing first round have given us a field of eight teams in the Conference Semifinals which includes five franchises that have never won an NBA title.
After a historic all-time performance from Kevin Durant in Game 5, the Bucks take care of business back home with a comfortable 104-89 to force a Game 7.
Khris Middleton historic game tonight.
38 PTS (playoff career-high)
He is the first player in NBA history with 30/10/5/5s and 5+ threes in a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/chjrogHCee
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 18, 2021
This is going to be the second Game 7 of the 2021 postseason and the 141st in NBA history with the higher seed holding a record of 109-31 (77.9%) in the previous 140.
If the Nets win Game 7, the home teams will be an unbeaten 7-0 in the series, and the franchise will advance to their third Conference Finals since joining the NBA in 1976-77. It's their first trip back to the Conference Finals since their previous NBA Finals visit in 2013 and also the first since moving to Brooklyn.
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For the Bucks, if they win Game 7 on the road, they will advance to their second Conference Finals in the last three years having previously reached that stage in 2019.
That said, let's take a quick look at how both franchises have fared in Game 7s in the past.
This is just the fourth Game 7 in franchise history since joining the NBA. They hold a 1-2 record in the previous three instances.
Their most recent 'winner-take-all' contest, a win, came in the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the Toronto Raptors. That win was sealed by a clutch block in the final seconds courtesy of Paul Pierce.
This will be the first Game 7 for Steve Nash as a head coach.
Kevin Durant has featured in four Game 7s in his career and holds a record of 3-1 with his only loss coming in the 2016 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit.
For James Harden, this will be the fifth Game 7 of his career and he also holds a record of 3-1 in the previous four with his only loss coming in the 2018 Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
This is the 11th Game 7 in franchise history and the Bucks hold a 2-8 record.
Their last 'winner-take-all' game, a loss, was in the first round of the 2018 playoffs against the Boston Celtics.
Although Mike Budenholzer has been a head coach in the NBA for eight straight seasons, this is just his second Game 7. He lost his first Game 7 in the first round of the 2014 playoffs against the top-seeded Indiana Pacers.
This is the second career Game 7 for both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, having lost their first back in 2018 against the Celtics.
What to expect?
Through six games of this series, we have got a 39-point blowout and a 86-83 slugfest. How will Game 7 pan out?
According to FiveThirtyEight's NBA Predictions model, the Nets are 59% favourites to win Game 7. Both teams will take the floor for the one win-or-go-home game on Saturday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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NBA Playoffs 2021: Milwaukee Bucks blow out Atlanta Hawks behind big night for Giannis Antetokounmpo .
The Eastern Conference Finals are tied 1-1. The Milwaukee Bucks responded emphatically in Game 2, blowing out the Atlanta Hawks 125-91 at home. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday led the way for Milwaukee, as the series now heads to Atlanta.Bouncing back from a shock loss in Game 1, Milwaukee dominated the Atlanta Hawks 125-91 with the series now tied 1-1.