Wings, Beer, & Basketball
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The NBA Playoffs have begun, and we’re showing all the action at Long Wong’s Famous Pizza & Wings. Join us for the best wings in Phoenix, a refreshing pint of beer, and a little basketball—or a lot of basketball, since the finals won’t happen until June! With that in mind, here are two links where you can go to get the lowdown on playoff odds and stats. We thought we would entertain you with 8 interesting facts about these 2018 Playoffs.
1. Keep Your Eye on Lebron
In typical fashion, we’re all keeping our eye on Lebron James. This Playoff season, he’s poised to break a few records. Most notable are: he’s seven steals from passing Scottie Pippen’s playoff record (395); He’s four shots from passing Kobe Bryant’s postseason record (4,499); He has a chance at passing Ray Allen’s postseason 3-pointer record (385); And he could surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most field goals (2,356). As far as which record(s) he beats, we’ll all have to wait and see how the ball bounces.
2. A Father/Son Battle
Father (Steve Kerr) and Son (Nick Kerr) are going head-to-head in the first round! Steve Kerr is the Golden State Warriors’ Head Coach, and his son Nick Kerr is working for the San Antonio Spurs. During the Playoffs, they have decided to recuse themselves from family interaction.
3. The Sixers Are Hot
The 76ers won the most games in a row leading up to the playoff series (16). Coming in hot definitely gives them a confidence boost and the intimidation factor, to boot.
4. The Warriors Are Cold
Last year’s champs, the Golden State Warriors, only won half of their final 20 games during the regular season this year. No team coming into the playoffs with fewer than 11 wins during their final 20 games has ever won the championship.
5. Who’s The Highest Paid Player?
Lebron doesn’t win in this category! But he did come in second at $33.3 million. The highest paid player of this season was the Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry, coming in at $34.7 million. That’s a lot of dough–and we make pizza, so we would know!
6. Around the World
Of the teams who made it to the 2018 postseason, 33 countries are represented by 64 players—the record for any playoff series.
7. Rookie on Fire
It’s been 14 years since a rookie has led a team in scoring coming into the playoffs. In the 2003-2004 season, Carmello Anthony of The Denver Nuggets averaged 21 points per game. This year, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points per game!
8. Ending the Drought
Since 2004, which team has had nine different coaches, used 131 different players, had 92 different starters, and hasn’t qualified for the playoffs until this year? If you guessed the Minnesota Timberwolves, you’d be correct.
Long Wongs, located in West Phoenix, hopes these fun facts help you to enjoy the games a little more. And whoever you pick to win the championship, your playoff season will only be complete if you chow down on a full platter of the best wings in Phoenix. Come in and watch the game with us, or order yours to go!