NBA Playoff Haterade IV: Ranked by Who I Want to Win the Finals the Least (Conference Finals Edition)

Eliminated: See You Next Year

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Original Ranking: 1

It’s hilarous that people are shocked that Playoff James Harden is not the one we saw in games 1 and 4, but the one that stuck up EVERY OTHER GAME.
Playoff James Harden

Phoenix Suns

  • Original Ranking: 2

Suns in elimination games AT HOME
Luka Doncic last year. Nikola Jokic this year. For the second year in a row, Devin Booker and the Suns go down in embarrassing fashion to a European superstar and his team 😬

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Original Ranking: 4

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Original Ranking: 5

Atlanta Hawks

  • Original Ranking: 6

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Original Ranking: 8

New York Knicks

  • Original Ranking: 9

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Original Ranking: 10

Brooklyn Nets

  • Ranking: 11

Sacramento Kings

  • Ranking: 12

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Original Ranking: 14

Golden State Warriors

  • Original Ranking: 16

To be fair, these were the Dubs we’ve been watching all season long. Steph was INCREDIBLE this year. Everyone else, 🤷🏻‍♂️

Tier 1: Those Guys

Boston Celtics

  • Ranking: 1
  • Last Ranking: 3

The Celtics destruction schadenfreude potential was slightly outweighted the need to beat out he Sixers, but IT WAS STRONG AND TANTALIZING

Tier 2: I Would Spend More Time Thinking About It But There’s No Chance – Wait, Maybe There’s A Chance? Oh SHIT There’s seriously a Chance

Miami Heat

  • Ranking: 2
  • Last Ranking: 8

This time of year, there’s a lot to be said for just refusing to implode.

Tier 3: Raise the Trophy A MILE HIGH

Denver Nuggets

  • Ranking: 3
  • Last Ranking: 12

Imagine ABC Sports execs waking up with cold sweats at the possibility of a Nuggets-Heat finals instead of Lakers-Celtics

Tier 4: As Mike Breen Says, “BANG! BANG!”

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Ranking: 4
  • Last Ranking: 14

Lakers Kaiju take the bay