The playoffs are a time where NBA fans really get to express themselves. Unless your team is playing another team like the Los Angeles Lakers or the Miami Heat, you can really let lose and share the extra games with friends and fellow fans. Against the Lakers and the Heat, that is hard because there are so many bandwagon fans that are hard to deal with.
This article is purely for debate. While many NBA teams have excellent fan bases, which fan base will be the loudest, craziest and most inspiring in the playoffs?
Remember the 2007 Warrior fans? Yes, they sounded louder than a finals series because they had faith, and also because their team hadn’t been in the playoffs for awhile. That all may change.
1. Golden State Warriors:
Right now, the Warriors are currently sitting as the sixth seed in the West. They’re likely to make the playoffs, but have not secured a spot yet. For the Warriors, they are playing most of their final games at home, and will likely ride that wave of momentum right into the playoffs. If they end up playing the Grizzlies in the first round, it could mean trouble. If they play the Clippers, they could pull off an upset.
The Warriors have always had “the best fans in the NBA”. In the 2007 Playoffs, the fans were the ones who propelled the Warriors to a win over the first seeded Dallas Mavericks. This was the first time in NBA history that an eighth seed had beaten the top seeded team.
Who knows? Anything can happen in the playoffs, but most of the home wins are credited to the Warriors’ home crowd, who was spectacular. Warriors fans haven’t gotten a chance to be insanely loud in six years: don’t you think they’re ready to explode?
2. Houston Rockets:
The Rockets are another team that haven’t made the playoffs in a few years–2008-09 to be exact. They currently occupy the seventh seed. They look like they’re going to make the playoffs, but then again, nothing is set in stone. The Rockets have had some unfortunate losses lately, but are still greatly exceeding expectations.
Their fans have been faithful, despite all the hardships. With the period of rebuilding over, the Rockets are finally ready to make another postseason appearance.
Although most of their players are new acquisitions from the offseason, the Rocket fans have supported and waited patiently. This could finally be the year for them to push their team deep into the playoffs.
3. Indiana Pacers:
Your team is good, Pacers fans: stop complaining! The Pacers are another one of those under-the-radar teams that have reason to be excited. Their fans recognize and understand the Pacers are good, but are surely skeptical about beating the Heat. I believe that the Pacers are one of the only teams that have the capability of beating the Heat. Once their fans realize that, they’ll be even crazier and alive than ever.
4. Boston Celtics:
There’s always skepticism about the Celtics going into the playoffs, but they always perform.
Last year, they didn’t do so well in the regular season, and they lost in the conference finals to the Heat. This is always the case for the Celtics. Somehow, someway, they’re going to meet LeBron James. The Celtic fans have realized that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will stop at nothing to get past the Knicks in the first round, and meet LeBron and Wade in the conference finals.
When the Heat play at Boston, that crowd is going to be something else. When the lights come on, and the pressure’s also on, Pierce knows how to perform and entertain that home crowd.
5. Memphis Grizzlies:
The Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay because of salary cap issues, but are still going strong. Zach Randolph says that the trade has benefited them, and that it has. The Grizzlies are not far ahead of the Clippers in the standings, but they’re still in third place, and likely to face the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. The Warriors are good at home, but all the Grizzlies need to do is win all their home games: I’m certain the crowd knows that.