It certainly isn’t easy to be a professional athlete. You have to entertain hundreds of thousands of people on a nightly basis. I feel the pressure in my weekly basketball league. I couldn’t imagine the pressure these guys feel in Game 7 of an NBA championship series.
The Spurs are coming off of an impressive NBA Finals in which they beat LeBron’s Miami Heat 4-1 and silenced a few demons from the year prior. But this year who knows who will win the ship? There are a handful of great teams that have an opportunity to compete in this year’s Finals. Out of the East you have the Hawks, Cavs, and Bulls (depending on Derrick Rose) that could all make a deep run while every team in the West could make a surprising path to the Finals. My prediction is Cavs versus the Clippers, with the Cavs winning in six games.
The pressure turns way up once the playoffs begin. The playoffs is where bench players become heroes, stars become superstars, and coaches become geniuses. Here at The Drop we decided to come up with a list of the Players Under the Most Pressure in the NBA Playoffs. Most of the players on the list are the leaders of their respective team, with the end goal of the season being a championship ring. Who will hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy? Who will crumble under pressure? Only time will tell. Either way, scroll through the list and see for yourself.
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