While new in Boss Royal, What’s Hot This Week is pretty self-explanatory: it highlights what’s currently scorching when it comes to indulgence. This week, a couple of things are burning up parts of the interwebs and the physical realm beyond.
The NBA playoffs are here
The first round of the NBA playoffs is done. Here are the teams facing off in the second round:
Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz
The top-seeded Dubs currently lead the series 2-0 as the series shifts to Utah. The Jazz hasn’t really posed a serious threat to the Warriors, however. During the first two games, Golden State led throughout the game and Utah mainly played catch-up. Alas, the Warriors always managed to keep the Jazz at arm’s length.
Maybe this trend would change when the series goes to Utah. Maybe not. Either way, the absence of Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t seem to have any bearing on the Dubs’ performance.
San Antonio Spurs vs Houston Rockets
The Rockets crushed the Spurs with a convincing 27-point lead in game 1, but San Antonio returned the favor in game 2, limiting Houston – the third-best offense in the league – to only 13 points in the 4th quarter.
Unfortunately for the Spurs, Tony Parker will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a leg injury. To fill the gap, the Spurs may start Dejounte Murray and keep Patty Mills in his usual off-the-bench role.
Boston Celtics vs Washington Wizards
Boston leads the series 2-1. In all three games, Washington took huge first-quarter leads but eventually lost the advantage as the match wore on. In game 3 however, the Wizards finally locked down on the Celtics throughout 48 minutes. The result: a 116-89 shellacking of the Celtics.
Clearly, the two teams don’t like each other. In game 3 alone, there have been 3 ejections and 8 technical fouls between them. If Boston bounces back and wins game 4, this series may be over.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are out for revenge after last year’s loss to Cleveland, but they’re behind 0-2 and don’t seem to have an answer to LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers. The Raptors could steal a couple of wins at home (like last year), but it’s unlikely for them to beat Cleveland in the series.
Here’s an interesting fact that Toronto shouldn’t be happy about: they’ve lost the last four playoff games in Cleveland by an average of 24.7 points.
Guardians of the Galaxy returns
The sequel to 2014’s surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in US cinemas this week (Friday, May 5 to be precise). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marks the return of:
- Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
- Zoe Saldana as Gamora
- Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer
- Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Raccoon
- Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot
- Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta
Like its predecessor, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is loaded with astounding visuals, action, and irreverent humor. This time, Guardians focuses on Star-Lord’s parentage, so expect some revelations regarding his past, and a few shenanigans in the present.