It’s the most wonderful time of the year, my babies. The NBA Playoffs are here.
Following Wednesday night’s round of regular-season finales, both the Eastern and Western Conference’s first-round pairings are set, and we’re just waiting for the teams to get ready to rumble (no Michael Buffer). Like I always say (at some point the league needs to break me off with some dough for this slogan), Every game is an episode.
Pachulia did think he was going to make one, in a blowout win over Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Most of those 28 attempts, he said, were end-of-quarter heaves. But against the Blazers, he was open. That was a legit one, he said. I shot it and, well, the bad thing is it didn’t go in. The good thing is it hit the rim. I hit the rim.
No matter. Pachulia is hunting bigger game these days, making the first trip of his career to the conference finals. He is the fifth guy in the Warriors’ starting lineup, the center, easily overshadowed by the starpower of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. But he has filled his role for the Warriors well, working as a defender, a screener and a rebounder.
Pachulia averaged 6.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this season, playing 18.1 minutes per game for a team that pioneered successful small lineups. The Warriors won 67 games, easily Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys the best in the league, and as he now sits in the Bay Area waiting for the start of the West finals, it sure looks like everything’s turning up Zaza.
I have been privileged, Pachulia said. I have gotten to play for one of the best coaches in my career, and I have picked up a lot from my teammates and coaches about how Cheap Euro Jerseys to play this game the right way.