SHAQ ON SPORTS: NBA playoff action begins second round

The first round of the NBA playoffs is over and we had a couple of series go to a game seven.

All the Western Conference series’ winners took care of business without the need for a game seven, but the East was a different story.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers went down to the wired with Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers. Then Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics went down to the wire with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Those two series provided the great basketball we look forward to, especially in the playoffs. The Celtics and the Cavaliers came through with the series wins and in turn moved on to round two of the playoffs.

The Celtics are now taking on Ben Simmons and Joel Embid and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers had six days of rest while waiting to see who they would be going up. That could be a reason for the lackluster play they displayed as a team during game one.

The Sixers are not using excuses.

The round-two matchup against the Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will be interesting because even though the Raptors are clearly the better team, James has been the kryptonite for the Raptors. The Cavaliers definitely will have to find a way to get James some rest during this series because he will not be able to beat Toronto four times playing 45-plus minutes every game.

James also needs help from his teammates and someone besides James will have to average 20 points in the series.

In the West, Stephen Curry will make his playoff debut with the Golden State Warriors versus the New Orleans Pelicans after being out with a knee injury. The Warriors blew the Pelicans out in game one without Curry and now the three –point assassin is back.