NBA Playoff Recap – April 19
Time to recap what happened on a tripped-out Thursday evening of the NBA Playoffs. Some things expected, a big surprise, and emotion all over. So let’s get right to it.
I originally predicted the Portland Trail Blazers to beat the New Orleans Pelicans in this playoff series.
Apparently the Pels don’t think so.
With a command performance in front of the home crowd, and Nikola Mirotic’s 30 points to lead all scorers, the Pels have put the Blazers on the brink of elimination with a 119-102 rout on Thursday night in New Orleans.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have been frustrated all series and Thursday night was no exception as they combined to shoot 5-14 from distance. Overall, Portland is 33/1102 from three-point range while New Orleans is 31/75.
Along with Mirotic, Anthony Davis, an MVP Candidate, added 28 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo added 16 points and 11 assists.
McCollum finished with 22 points while Lillard finished with 20.
Game 4 is Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.
Despite reports of Stephen Curry “Not Being Close” to playing soon, the World Champion Golden State Warriors continue to win and win well. Despite 10 ties and 13 lead changes in the first half of Thursday night’s game, the Warriors took a stranglehold on their first round series with a 110-97 win in San Antonio. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 and can close out the win on Sunday.
The Spurs came out quickly to a 6-0 lead and the crowd in the AT&T Center was as loud as ever. The Dubs responded with a 12-4 run and parlayed it to a 26-23 lead at the end of the first stanza.
The teams continued to go back and forth in the first half, but then the Warriors assumed control with an 18-7 run to close the first half and lead 52-46. All this despite hitting only one three-point field goal in the first 24 minutes.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 26 points before leaving the game late in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury. Klay Thompson added 19 , Shaun Livingston added 16 off the bench, Quin Cook poured in a dozen while Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala chipped in 10 apiece. Game four is Sunday in San Antonio.
Trust the process is the mantra of the Philadelphia 76ers. Trusting it more is the mantra of every team in fear.
With a 32-point 4th quarter to close out the game, the young guns from Philly took a close game and turned it into a rout and seized control of the series with a 128-108 win at American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Sixers now lead the series 2-1.
Joel Embiid made his playoff debut and had an impact with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Ben Simmons was spectacular with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists, coming three assists shy of equaling a feat that Charles Barkley did against the Milwaukee Bucks in 1991 – a playoff triple-double.
Oh but the contributions didn’t stop there. Philly’s sharpshooters Daro Saric and Marco Bellinelli each added 21 points, JJ Redick chipped in 11, and Robert Covington added 10.
Goran Dragic led Miami with 23 points while Justise Winslow added 19. Game 4 is Saturday afternoon in Miami.