The NBA Playoffs continued on yesterday with other four Game 1's. Two of the four games feature the top-seeds in both conferences. Surprising day in basketball on yesterday.
Recap of Yesterday's Games:
TNT had the quadruple-header on yesterday and the first game feature the one vs. eight matchup in the East.
The top-seed, Milwaukee Bucks led by possible MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, Giannis Antetokounmpo took on the 8th seed, Orlando Magic.
Game 1: Shocker is the way to describe how Game 1 went to open the day on yesterday. Giannis and Bucks did not play well and it was costly. Despite getting 31 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists from Giannis, the Bucks found themselves in the short end of the game. Six Magic players scored in double-figures led by Nikola Vucevic with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists in a stunner win for Orlando. The Bucks must regroup before Game 2 and with no homecourt advantage, the Bucks must do so quickly.
Orlando Magic 122-Milwaukee Bucks 110
ORL Leads Series 1-0 points
Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 6PM on ESPN.
Staying in the East for their finally Playoff series to start is the one everyone wants to see. The Miami Heat led by Jimmy Butler as the 5th seed taking on TJ Warren and the 4th seed, the Indiana Pacers. The storyline going into this series was Jimmy Butler vs. TJ Warren but before Game 1 began, Butler put that feud behind him and is focused on the Playoffs.
Game 1: That is exactly what Butler and the Heat did in Game 1. Early in the game during the 1st Quarter, the Pacers lost their star, Victor Oladipo to an eye injury and did not return. The Pacers fought hard with the Heat despite the lost of their star. TJ Warren and Malcom Brogdon led the Pacers with 22 points each. However, the Heat was not going to be denied in Game 1. Led by Jimmy Buckets with 28 points with two 3-pointers late in the game led Miami to victory. Goran Dragic put in 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists and Bam Adebayo had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Hopefully Oladipo's injury is not serious, but either way Indiana cannot drop Game 2 on tomorrow
Miami Heat 113-Indiana Pacers 101
MIA Leads Series 1-0
Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 1PM on ESPN
Now switching over to the Western Conference for the final two games on yesterday.
First was the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Houston Rockets in the five/four matchup. Chris Paul vs. James Harden. Teammates a season ago, now on opposite sides. No Westbrook for the Rockets, so how did Game 1 go?
Game 1: Oklahoma City played a good game for the most part outside of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (9 ponits, 4rebounds, 1 assist). Chris Paul had a near triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Steven Adams provided a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Danilo Gallinari had 29 points, but the Thunder could not stop the Rockets enough. Even without Russell Westbrook, the Rockets lit up the Thunder. Five players scored in double-figures led by James Harden with 37 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Gordon added 21 points and Jeff Green, off the bench, put in 22 points. Billy Donavan and the Thunder must get better play from Gilgeous-Alexander if they want a shot in this series. and CJ
Oklahoma City Thunder 108-Houston Rockets 123
HOU Leads Series 1-0
Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 3:30PM on ESPN
The final game on the day yesterday put a matchup that some people are pulling for the upset in the West. Top-seed Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James against the red hot 8th seed Portland Trail Blazers led by Damian Lillard. This is not your typical one vs. eight matchup which is why an upset is very possible unlike any other one/eight matchup in Playoff history.
Game 1: A great game to watch for basketball fans, a terrible game to watch if you are a Lakers fan. Just like Giannis and the Bucks, LeBron and the Lakers find themselves at the wrong end of Game 1. Despite a triple-double from King James with 23 points, 17 rebounds, and 16 assists and Anthony Davis putting in 28 points which 21 of the 28 was in the first half, the Lakers are behind the 8-ball already. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum took over the 4th Quarter that led Portland to the Game 1 victory. Lillard had 34 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists while CJ had 21 points and 5 rebounds. This is what Laker fans feared, a red hot Blazers team on a mission and the Lakers shooting terrible is causes for a massive upset to take place. Even though Anthony Davis scored 28 points, as mentioned earlier 21 of those points were in the 1st half with most of them points were from the free-throw line. Davis shot 8 for 24 from the field but 12 of 17 from the free line. The Lakers need more from AD and every one else to advance out of the 1st Round against Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers 100-Los Angeles Lakers 93
POR Leads Series 1-0
Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 9PM on ESPN
Today Playoff Slate:
Game 2's get underway today with four games . The first game will be on NBATV and TNT has the other three games for their triple-header on today.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors 1:30PM NBATV (TOR Leads 1-0)
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets 4PM TNT (DEN Leads 1-0)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics 6:30PM TN (BOS Leads 1-0)
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers 9PM (LAC 1-0)