NBA Playoffs: 5 big factors to consider heading into the post-season

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Put Me In Coach

In the playoffs where the talent gap between teams are slim the coaching can go a great deal to determining the outcome of a playoff series. As we enter the 2019 NBA Playoffs there are a handful of proven coaches going up against some up-and-comers.

We have coaches with Championship pedigree on their belt like Warriors head coach Steve Kerr or San Antonio Spurs legendary head coach Gregg Popovich. We also have former Coach of the Year winners in Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni and Bucks com h Mike Budenholzer. The latter names will be the favorites for capturing this year Championship ring.

However there is a group of up-and-comers that includes Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Thunder coach Billy Donovan, Nuggets coach h Mike Malone and Raptors coach Nick Nurse. These young coaches have made their names relevant and with their respective teams are in position to also make noise in the 2019 playoffs.

The difference a good coaching move can make is invaluable. The in-game adjustments as well as series strategy tailoring can push a team to win a series versus going home too soon.