NBA Conference Finals have Officially Begun

June 21, 2021
The GIST: And then there were four. After a thrilling weekend highlighted by the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reunion two down-to-the-wire Game 7s, the NBA conference finals have officially begun.
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NBA Conference Finals have Officially Begun
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Eastern Conference: The Milwaukee Bucks overcame Brooklyn Net Kevin Durant’s 48-point performance (including this clutch shot to send things to overtime) to win Saturday’s Game 7. The Bucks will now appear in their first conference finals since 2019 and are potentially en route to ending a 47-year (!!!) finals appearance drought.

  • To get there, they’ll have to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, who eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers with yesterday’s 103–96 Game 7 win. Kevin Huerter was the difference maker, leading the Hawks with 27 points...just like we all predicted?

Western Conference: Over in the West, the Phoenix Suns jumped to an early 1-0 series lead with yesterday’s 120–114 win over the LA Clippers. Of note: both squads were missing key players, as Suns guard Chris Paul remains in COVID-19 protocol and Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

  • With Game 2 set for tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET, it’s still TBD whether either will return to the floor in time. Watch this space.