5-on-5: Breakout stars, Round 1 MVP and bold playoff predictions

Who will be the breakout player of the playoffs and the MVP of Round 1? Which team has the easiest path to Finals?

Our NBA Insiders give their bold predictions and what to watch in a supersized edition of 5-on-5.


1. What Round 1 matchup are you most excited to watch?

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN.com: Why do I find myself drawn to Warriors-Spurs? It is lopsided on paper, but Steve Kerr formed much of his coaching philosophy at the knee of Gregg Popovich, and as Sting once crooned, “Hypnotized by you if I should linger … staring at the ring around your finger …” Golden State is nicked up and out of sync and feels (gasp!) vulnerable — yet will advance anyway. In the interim, maybe the wily Manu Ginobili and his equally resourceful coach will make it interesting.

Chiney Ogwumike, ESPN analyst WNBA All-Star: Even though Joel Embiid is unlikely to play at the start of the playoffs, the 76ers are still the NBA’s hottest team. We all know that the internet is rooting for a

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbaplayoffpreview23140798/nba-playoff-preview-5-5-debate-biggest-round-1-question

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