NBA Playoffs Return Strong As Ever


The NBA playoffs featured stars like, left from right, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kevin Cano, Staff Writer

Here we go, the NBA playoffs have begun, including many of the best basketball players in the world. Unlike last year, this round of playoffs will not take place in a bubble and will have regular fan attendance.

While sports such as football and baseball are usually the national pastime, basketball has now become more popular than ever. In fact, according to Google Trends, there was an increase of about 62% in the number of searches relating to the NBA since early May. The popularity of the NFL and MLB has actually leveled out or even decreased since the playoffs started.
In fact, according to, “The NBA is holding its annual play-in tournament consisting of eight teams vying for the final four spots in the playoffs. The Eastern Conference matchup between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics on May 18, might have also provided the Association with some hope. According to Mark Medina of USA Today, the broadcast of the said game drew 2.5 million viewers on TNT — the station’s most-watched game since opening night back in December. Boston ended up coming out on top in blowout fashion with Jayson Tatum dropping 50 points.”

The NBA playoffs will be a best of 7 game competition featuring the 8 top basketball teams in each conference. This year, however, things are a little different than last time. Only the top 6 teams from each conference are guaranteed a spot. The seventh and eighth seed teams played teams that placed ninth and 10th. The winners of this small tournament made it to the play-offs, which are currently in progress.

You can go to the NBA website to view the latest news and information, along with the playoffs bracket. You can also see all of the most up-to-date news on lineups and teams. In addition to that, you can find the full schedule of games and where to watch them.