Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks are moving on. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(1) Bucks – 127 @ (8) Pistons – 104 (MIL wins series 4-0)
- We finally have our second sweep of these playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks made light work of the Detroit Pistons in the second half of Game 4 to easily advance to the second round, where they will face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
- With Blake Griffin back for the second straight game, the Pistons actually got out to an impressive start in this one. They were even up six at halftime behind 20 first-half points from Reggie Jackson. But a 17-3 Bucks run to end the third quarter put the closing stamp on both this game and the series. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 41 points because why the hell not? We’re witnessing what looks to be the early stages of the prime of a future Hall-of-Famer. Milwaukee won every game by at least 16 points and outscored Detroit by 95 through the four games. This wasn’t just any ole sweep… This was an ADVANCED sweep.
- I’ll have plenty more to come on Eric Bledsoe’s performance in Game 4 – and the entire series – later on, but just know that he posted 16 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block on 7-12 shooting from the field. He is easily one of the best rim finishers in the playoffs right now, maybe even better than his superstar teammate, Antetokounmpo (okay maybe that’s a stretch).
(4) Rockets – 91 @ (5) Jazz – 107 (HOU leads 3-1)
- The Utah Jazz was not trying to meet the same fate as the Pistons, avoiding a sweep by taking down the Houston Rockets in Game 4 at home. Donovan Mitchell poured in 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and Jae Crowder added 23 for the Jazz. Utah was able to limit Houston to a 12-point fourth quarter to pull away late. Up until that final period, the game was actually going back-and-forth. Utah would build a 10-plus point lead only for James Harden and Chris Paul to quickly bring the game back. A 15-1 Jazz run to start the fourth blew this game wide open and left the door open for Utah to make this thing a series. I’m not calling an unrealistic comeback or anything, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if Utah managed to steal two more games and force a Game 7. Houston has been known to choke in the past and the defense on Harden was much improved from the first two games. Although, now that I’ve spoken it into existence, Utah will probably lose Game 5 by 25.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||127-104 W @ DET||16||7-12 (1-3)||3||5||2||1||2||+13||27|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (NBATV): Magic @ Raptors (Meeks) (TOR leads 3-1)
8:00 (TNT): Nets @ Sixers (PHI leads 3-1)
9:30 (NBATV): Spurs @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 2-2)
10:30 (TNT): Thunder (Diallo-out, Noel, Patterson) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) (POR leads 3-1)