I have got a lot to write about today (I’m really going to pay for taking the day off yesterday!) so I will keep this recap brief. I will not be talking about officiating or reviews, I simply don’t have the time to go on a rant again. You all know how I feel by know anyway. 4 games, 2 days, let’s go!
Yesterday, Toronto tie the series at 2-2 after a 100-93 victory against Boston. Toronto played excellent defense and Boston could not buy a bucket from long range. It was ugly! 20% on the game for Boston from deep, honestly though it felt way worse than that. Toronto shared the offensive load and with the exception of Siakam, shot the long range ball with lethal efficiency. It was just a good all around performance by the reigning champions and it’s starting to look like this thing might go to 7 games after all.
Surprisingly (at least to me), Denver picked up a win against L.A. and also tied their series, 1 game each. I didn’t actually watch this game, but I had it on the radio throughout my day. By the sounds of it, the Nuggets punched the Clippers in the mouth early and never looked back. The Clippers won the final 3 quarters, but Denver did enough early and remained competitive throughout. Jokic was huge with 26 and 18, but once again it felt like he disappeared in the second half. Murray had a nice bounce back game and scored 27. The role players all contributed enough to help keep the Clippers at bay. It didn’t really feel like anyone from L.A. made an impact in this game.
Middleton lead the Bucks to a victory, to keep their season alive. Barely! It’s still hard to envision them actually winning this series now. Miami blew a golden opportunity to end it today, I imagine they will come out on a mission in game 5. Miami went scoreless for about a 5 minute stretch in the fourth quarter and it was only because of some late game Herroics (I’m not sorry) that they managed to make it to overtime. They settled for too many threes and were not at all aggressive enough at getting inside. The Bucks had a huge points in the paint advantage, and they mostly did it without Giannis. Giannis scored 19 points in 11 minutes before exciting the game. Middleton had a massive game and came up clutch, getting his team over the line.
Lastly, the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets, 117 – 109. After a hot shooting start lead by Morris, the Lakers looked to have this one over early. Houston kept themselves in it and after a massive third quarter, looked poised to steal this one. Harden had another very good game, scoring 27 points on 50% shooting. Westbrook still looks like he has forgotten how to play basketball. Any good he managed to do on the court was overshadowed by his stupid decisions on offense and his bad turnovers. He really needs to figure himself out. Honestly, I feel if he wasn’t in this game, the Rockets probably get the win. Yeah, he was that bad. LBJ and AD lead the way once, more. James nearly had a triple double (28/11/9) and AD added 34 points and 10 boards. Both shot the ball well, except for LeBron from outside.
Thats a quick recap of the last two days of NBA action! As I mentioned, I have a bit of work today so I had to keep it brief. I’ll be back with my notebook tomorrow for all the analytics and ranting you could every want. See you then!