Updated: Aug 19, 2020
We made it safely through the seeding games of the NBA Restart and now have arrived to the Playoffs. No signs of COVID-19 problems since the beginning is a great thing to know as the postseason is underway. The opening day of the playoffs brought great level of basketball as four series tipped off on yesterday.
Recap of Yesterday's Playoffs
The Playoffs kicked off with the Western Conference as the the 3rd seed, Denver Nuggets took on the 6th seed, Utah Jazz in Game 1 of their opening round. Utah was coming into this series without their starting point guard, Mike Conley, as Conley left the bubble for the birth of his son.
Game 1: The opening game of the Playoffs and day on yesterday, set the table of what we can be in for in this postseason play. Going into overtime in Game 1 shows great display of basketball. Donavan Mitchell scored 57 points in a losing effort. Jamal Murray being back for the Nuggets is huge. Murray led the Nuggets to a 10-point victory with 36 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Utah Jazz 125-Denver Nuggets 135 Final/OT
DEN Leads 1-0
Game 2 will be tomorrow at 4:00PM TNT
The Eastern Conference Playoffs kicked off with the reigning, defending, World Champs, and the 2nd seed in the Toronto Raptors going up against a hot, young team in the Brooklyn Nets.
Game 1: The defending champs had they way with this young Brooklyn Nets teams. Five players of the Nets scored in double-figures but Luwawu-Cabarrot led the scoring with 26 points. That's a problem when a bench player leads the team in scoring in a playoff game. Toronto, on the other hand, had seven players score in double-figures led by Fred VanVleet with 30 points and 11 assists.
Brooklyn Nets 110-Toronto Raptors 134
TOR Leads 1-0
Game 2 will be tomorrow at 1:30PM NBATV
Keeping it in the Eastern Conference, the third game of the quadruple header, had a rivalry renewed. The Boston Celtics, the 3rd seed against the Philadelphia 76ers, the 6th seed. Boston was healthy going in while the 76ers are without Ben Simmons for the rest of the season. Before the game ended however, Gordon Hayward of the Celtics turned an ankle in the 4th. He will go get a MRI between today and tomorrow but expect him to at least miss Game 2. A very close game to kick off their series. Joel Embiid led the sixers with 26 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn't good on yesterday. Jayson Tatum scoring 32 points followed by Jaylen Brown putting in 29 points led the Celtics to the 8-point victory.
Philadelphia 76ers 101-Boston Celtics 109
BOS Leads 1-0
Game 2 will be tomorrow at 6:30PM TNT
The final game from yesterday was a Western Conference matchup that was intriguing going in and it didn't disappoint. The Los Angeles Clippers, 2nd seed in the West against the 7th seed, Dallas Mavericks. A game where the Clippers jumped to a 18-2 lead then the Mavs finished the first quarter with a 4-point lead. Back and forth, the Clippers and Mavs going. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George against Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis until the 3rd quarter that is. Doncic gets fouls, him and Marcus Morris exchange words when Porzingis (already had one technical foul) gets in the face of Morris to protect Doncic and receives his second technical thus being ejected from the game. Bogus, terrible, trash, WTH, BS is all valid response the the ejection of Porzingis but he put himself in that position with already having one technical earlier.
Luka led all scoring with 42 points with 7 rebounds and 9 assists but didn't led to a victory. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points and 12 rebounds as Paul George added 27 points as the Clippers win Game 1 by 8 points.
Dallas Mavericks 110-LA Clippers 118
LAC Leads 1-0
Game 2 will be tomorrow at 9PM TNT
Today's Playoff Slate:
The other four Playoff series kicks off today. All four games can be watched on TNT starting at 1:30PM.
8. Orlando Magic vs. 1. Milwaukee Bucks 1:30PM
5. Miami Heat vs. 4. Indiana Pacers 4PM
5. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. 4. Houston Rockets 6:30PM
8. Portland Trail Blazers vs. 1. Los Angeles Lakers 9PM
Listen to our latest episode of Hoops Talk as The Playmaker, Darnell Sallins previewed the NBA Playoffs