Title—Bulls over Pistons.
First round—Trail Blazers (1) over Sonics (8); Jazz (5) over Suns (4); Spurs (2) over Warriors (7); Lakers (3) over Rockets (6).
Second round—Trail Blazers over Jazz; Lakers over Spurs.
Title—Trail Blazers over Lakers.
NBA Finals—Trail Blazers over Bulls.
The Great Question
Any coach or player will tell you that the playoffs become a half-court game. But why? Here are a few answers.
1) Added stakes increase intensity, and intensity increases the will to get back on defense and prevent transition baskets.
2) Added intensity turns the play more physical, leading to a slug-it-out mentality that slows down offenses.