Hello Friends! How are you today? I really like your hair that way. No, seriously. I’m not kidding. I swear! Ok, Let’s get right to it. There’s actually a lot to talk about even though the NFL Draft is over. Crazy right? Look…
Spurs 106- Jazz 91: Not much to this one. San Antonio lwas ahead throughout and the Jazz were overwhelmed. Tony Parker led the way with 28 points and 8 assists. In total, ten players for the Spurs logged at least 10 minutes in this game.
Lakers 103-Nuggets 88: Kobe had a typical Kobe game with 31 points on 11/24 shooting, but Andrew Bynum was the difference in this game. He recorded the first Laker’s triple double since Magic did it in ’91 with 10 points, 13 rebounds and an eye-popping 10 blocks. If LA can maintain focus on the defensive end, they will be very tough to beat.
Celtics 74- Hawks 83: The loss was bad enough, but Rajon Rondo decided to lose his mind towards the end of the game and bump an official. He’s now suspended for game 2 and the Celtics could be facing an 0-2 hole. Ray Allen did not play in this game either as he is still nursing a sore ankle. I thought the Hawks athleticism would give the Celtics problems, and it did, but I did not a veteran player like Rondo to do something so dumb. He could have very possibly cost Boston this series.
Clippers 99- Grizzlies 98: I turned on this game with a few minutes left in the 3rd quarter and I’m still not sure why I decided to watch. The Clippers were down by about 25 points and Memphis was playing phenominal basketball. But things quickly changed in the 4th quarter. With 9 minutes left and a 24 point lead, the Grizzlies suddenly went ice cold while the Clippers finally started making shots. The lead slowly dwindled and you could see panic start to set in for Memphis with every three pointer the Clippers made. LA took the lead with less than a minute to play, but Rudy Gay finally answered with a jumper to put Memphis back on top with 28 seconds left. On the next possession however, Tony Allen would foul Chris Paul who hit both free throws. Gay had a shot at a game winner, but it came up short. Greatest comeback in playoff history.
Heat 104- Knicks 94 (2-0 Miami): New York actually showed up for game 2, but it didn’t matter. Miami played fantastic once again and handled the Knicks rather easily. Carmelo Anthony was hot early, but finished with just 30 points on 26 shots. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 21 and Lebron put up 19, 9 and 7. Worse news for the Knicks? Amare Stoudemire punched a glass fire extinguisher holder and will likely miss at least game 3.
Magic 78- Pacers 93 (tied 1-1): If you’re watching this series, you’re either 1) a Pacers fan 2) a Magic fan or 3) a masochist.
Mavericks 99- Thunder 102 (OKC 2-0): Another thrilling game from these two teams, but am I the only who thinks the Thunder shouldn’t be struggling so much at home against this team? I know it’s the defending champions, but the Thunder’s defense isn’t scaring anyone right now. Kevin Durant struggled from the floor, going just 5/17, but he stayed aggressive and got to the free throw line 16 times. Russell Westbrook scored 29 and James Harden added 15 off the bench. The series now goes to Dallas and the Mavericks still have to like their chances after two close losses.
Celtics at Hawks, Game 2 ATL leads 1-0 (7:30 NBA TV): No Rondo and likely no Ray Allen means the Celtics will have their hands full as they try to keep from going down 0-2. Second year player, Avery Bradley will get the start at point tonight after playing the 2 in Allen’s absence. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will need to play big for them to have a chance.
76ers at Bulls, Game 2 CHI leads 1-0 (8:00 TNT): The only brightside to Derrick Rose’s devastating ACL tear is that Chicago is used to playing without him. Rose missed over 20 games during the regular season and the Bulls still finished 1st in the Eastern Conference. I still expect them to easily beat Philly, but the margin of error is much smaller now.
Nuggets at Lakers, Game 2 LAL leads 1-0 (10:30 TNT): Will Kobe try to prove he can get a triple double too or will he just try to score 50? Either way, the Bynum praise has to be bothering him.
Jazz at Spurs, Game 2 SA leads 1-0 (7:00 TNT): Can the Jazz make a series out of this? I doubt it, but at least we have something to watch before the Clippers/Grizzlies game.
Magic at Pacers, Game 3 tied 1-1 (7:30 NBA TV): We have been blessed once again by the league putting this game on NBA TV and making it the first game 3 of the playoffs. Get this crap over with!
Clippers at Grizzlies, Game 2 LAC leads 2-0 (9:30 TNT): Will the extra day off between game 1 and 2 help Memphis put their epic collapse behind them? This is a veteran team, so you have to expect them to bounce back. Don’t forget, Memphis played great in game 1 and it took the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history for them to lose by 1 point. I still like the Grizzle in this series.
Enjoy the games, see you Thursday!