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Track the Cats in the NBA Playoffs


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The NBA Playoffs are underway and with thirteen Cats in action (tied with UCLA for the most from any school), it can be hard to keep track of who plays when. Kentucky problems, right? That’s why I put together this handy guide for you, starting with tonight’s games, which feature some of our brightest stars.

TONIGHT

 7 PM, NBATV: Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks*) vs. Raptors

Series: Toronto leads 1-0

The Raptors, coached by former Cat DeWayne Casey, beat the Wizards 114-106 on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the series despite a 23-point, 15-assist performance by John Wall.

* Meeks is currently suspended for violating the league’s anti-drug policy after testing positive for banned compounds Ipamorelin and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2.

8 PM, TNT: Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) vs. Boston Celtics

Series: Boston leads 1-0

Game one of this series was the most thrilling of the playoffs thus far. Unfortunately, Eric Bledsoe was on the embarrassing end of what would have been a game-winner by Louisville alum Terry Rozier had Khris Middleton not sunk a long three at the buzzer to take the game into overtime:

Make him pay, Bledsoe.

10:30 PM, TNT: New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, DeMarcus Cousins*) vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Series: New Orleans leads 1-0

Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks to help the Pelicans to a 97-95 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland. Rajon Rondo added 6 points and 17 (!!) assists, while Darius Miller chipped in four rebounds. DeAndre Liggins did not play.

* DeMarcus Cousins is out after tearing his Achilles in February


WEDNESDAY

7 PM, TNT: Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Series: Indiana leads 1-0

Alex Poythress didn’t play in the Pacers’ stunning Game 1 upset of LeBron and the Cavaliers, but he sure looked happy cheering his team on from the bench:

Mood.

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Can the Pacers shock the world? Probably not, but I’ll definitely be cheering for them.

8 PM, NBATV: Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Dakari Johnson)

Series: Oklahoma City leads 1-0

Patrick Patterson only pulled down two rebounds in eight minutes in the Thunder’s 116-108 win over the Jazz. Dakari Johnson did not play.

 10:30 PM, TNT: Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl Towns) vs. Houston Rockets

Series: Houston leads 1-0

Not to rehash old wounds from the Wisconsin game, but can the Timberwolves just get Karl Towns the ball? Towns only had 8 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota’s 104-101 loss, far short of his 21.3 ppg average leading in to the game. Towns fought double-teams all night, but for Minnesota to have a chance, they must do a better job of getting him the ball and/or he needs to do a better job demanding it. Right, Sir Charles?


THURSDAY

7 PM, TNT: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo)

Series: Tied 1-1

Bam had 6 points and 1 rebound in Miami’s Game 1 loss to the 76ers on Saturday and 5 rebounds in last night’s Game 2 win.

9 PM, NBATV: Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Series: ??

Hopefully the Pels can bring a 2-0 lead back home to New Orleans.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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