2018 NBA playoffs: 13 burning questions that will define the first round of the postseason

At long last, the 2018 NBA playoffs are (almost) here. Before Saturday afternoon’s opener, here are 13 questions that could define the first round: 

1. Are we completely convinced that Kawhi is out for the season?

CBS Sports’ Jack Maloney brought up this possibility as one of his 18 reasons to be excited for the playoffs. I just can’t shake the thought of the San Antonio Spurs bringing Kawhi Leonard back in the first round and upsetting the Golden State Warriors. I also like Jack’s idea of Leonard descending from the rafters in the second quarter of the second game. 

The funny thing: As professional NBA gambler Haralabos Voulgaris tweeted, if Leonard is even close to fully healthy, you’d be crazy not to pick the Spurs against this version of the Warriors. Golden State seems vulnerable right now, just not against a Leonard-less San Antonio team. 

2. Is this where the Melo trade finally pays off?

Even the most ardent Carmelo Anthony supporters would have a hard time arguing that he has flourished with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has become a glorified stretch forward (albeit with a 35.7 3-point shooting percentage), and opponents routinely target him on defense. 

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Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/2018-nba-playoffs-13-burning-questions-that-will-define-the-first-round-of-the-postseason/

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