The Milwaukee Bucks entered the postseason with a 60-win season, their first since 1980–81, and with all the best record in the league, the first time that’s happened since 1973–74. They’d then sweep the Detroit Pistons, leading to their first series win since 2001 when they won in the Conference Semifinals against the Charlotte Hornets. The Bucks then defeated the Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals for the first time at a playoff series since 1983.
The Brooklyn Nets make the playoffs for the first time in 4 years.
The Denver Nuggets create the playoffs for the first time in 6 years.
The Golden State Warriors entered the postseason for the seventh straight year, a new franchise record. This may also be their last time to play with in Oracle Arena from the playoffs before going into the new Chase Center following year. They won the championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The San Antonio Spurs make the playoffs for its 22nd consecutive season; they have not missed the playoffs since drafting Tim Duncan, who’s retired.
The Orlando Magic make the playoffs for the first time since 2012, breaking up the coveted Eastern Conference playoff appearance drought to date.
The Detroit Pistons make the playoffs for the first time because 2016. Game 3 of the show vs. the Bucks was their first playoff game in the city of Detroit since Game 6 of the 1985 Eastern Conference Semifinals when they played at Joe Louis Arena.
The Boston Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in the first round, making it the 43rd straight season a sweep happened in the NBA playoffs. The last year a sweep didn’t happen in the playoffs has been 1976.
The Los Angeles Clippers make the playoffs for the first time because 2017, playing a roster without Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan.
The Nuggets-Spurs series is the first show to have a Game 7, making it the 20th consecutive NBA postseason with a Game 7. The last time a Game 7 didn’t occur in the playoffs was 1999.
The Cleveland Cavaliers missed the playoffs for the first time because 2014, largely due to the departure of LeBron James into the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth year in a row despite the addition of James. This was the first NBA Playoffs to not feature LeBron James because the 2005 NBA Playoffs.
Each one the top seeds won the first round for the first time because 2008.
Together with the sweep against the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors earned their fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, making them the second franchise in the NBA postseason history to do so following the Boston Celtics did it in ten years, beginning from 1957 to 1966.
The Toronto Raptors innovative on to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
The Toronto Raptors win the NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history
Kawhi Leonard joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James to acquire Finals MVP on 2 different teams. Leonard is also the first player to acquire Finals MVP in both the Eastern and Western Conference.
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