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The Two Most Exciting Playoff Series This Year

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Celtics vs Nets

Boston is out for revenge against Brooklyn after losing to them in the first-round last year. This time, however, both teams are more loaded. The C’s have a dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown surrounded by a DPOY finalist in Marcus Smart, a rising big man in Robert Williams III, and a seasoned veteran in Al Horford. Their midseason turnaround has done wonders for them, as they’ve come into the playoffs more focused than ever, evident in their narrow win last night. That drive will be critical in this matchup against the Nets, who were once championship favorites but had to claw their way into the postseason via the Play-in Tournament.

Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves

The Grizzlies have had a meteoric rise only comparable to Ja Morant’s bounce. After losing in last year’s Play-in Tournament, they exceeded expectations to take the second seed in the West. Morant, who’s a finalist for Most Improved Player, isn’t the only Grizzly helping the team succeed this year; he’s joined by DPOY finalist Jaren Jackson Jr (who had seven swats in game 1) as well as Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks, two role players who have excelled for head coach Taylor Jenkins. The Grizz also have their fair share of talent that’s contributed off the bench, with Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson, and Tyus Jones finding ways to impact the game. Memphis is clearly motivated to continue their redemption run, and Morant and co. will stop at nothing to ensure their fans see them in the second round — and possibly beyond.

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Jordan Pagkalinawan

Top Writer in NBA & Sports. Student journalist & podcaster. Social media manager at PerThirtySix & contributor for Last Word on Hoops & YRMedia. Emerson ’26.