Good morning, folks. The Bucks were trounced by the Celtics in Game 1. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(4) Celtics – 112 @ (1) Bucks – 90 (BOS leads 1-0)
- Soooo that was a bit unexpected. The Boston Celtics went into Milwaukee and slapped the Bucks right across the face to open up the series. Al Horford and Aron Baynes made life a living hell for the likely MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Horford and Kyrie Irving might as well have been Stockon/Malone out there. Three of the Bucks starters – Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez, and Sterling Brown – shot a combined 3-17 from the field. Bledsoe took way too many uncharacteristic, contested jumpers. Milwaukee looked stunned. Like they had no idea that Boston was going to pack the middle against Antetokounmpo and force the action to the perimeter… I don’t expect that trend to extend beyond Game 1, however, and the Bucks should be much more locked in once Game 2 arrives, but this was not an ideal start for the top overall seed.
- I’m still sticking with my original prediction of Bucks in 6
(4) Rockets – 100 @ (1) Warriors – 104 (GSW leads 1-0)
- It isn’t officially a Rockets-Warriors series until we have a massive controversy, which means we are right on schedule. The Golden State Warriors snuck out a Game 1 win over Houston thanks to another scoring outburst from Kevin Durant – who posted 35 points. But it wasn’t the play of KD or the near triple-double from Draymond Green or James Harden shooting 9-28 that grabbed the headlines. Rather, it was the officiating.
- I’m someone who tries to complain about officiating as little as possible because I understand how difficult the task is. Games aren’t decided by one or a few bad calls, but the entire scope of the game from tip to the final buzzer. The game is won within the confines of the hardwood by the players. Sure, bad calls can shift momentum, but one bad call doesn’t change what has already occurred on the court by the players. With all that being said, the officiating from Game 1 is going to be a hot topic all the way up until the tip for Game 2.
- The Rockets love to shoot threes. We know this. The Warriors know this. And the Rockets damn sure know this. They generate a ton of potential four-point plays off constant ball movement wildly shifting and confusing defenses along with James Harden’s finessing abilities in isolation situations. A recent point of emphasis within the rulebook has been allowing shooters a spot to land where the defender doesn’t put his leg/foot underneath the shooter’s landing point. Ever since a similar play knocked Kawhi Leonard out of the 2017 NBA playoffs, the rule has been spotlighted for safety reasons. In Game 1, there were about 3-4 instances where a foul could have been called on the Warriors for stepping in the landing spot of a Rockets shooter. James Harden said in the postgame he just wants “a fair chance” (which is kind of hilarious) and that the refs should “call the game how it’s supposed to be called and that’s it, and I’ll live with the results,”. Twitter blew up over all of this. And now officiating is distracting everyone from an otherwise entertaining game. But the Rockets do have a point. The referees have called this a foul all season long and now Houston is being punished because they take advantage of it more than any other team? Get ready to see this foul called immediately and regularly in Game 2.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||90-112 L vs. BOS||6||1-5 (0-4)||2||4||2||0||1||-12||25|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||104-100 W vs. HOU||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Sixers @ Raptors (Meeks) (TOR leads 1-0)
10:30 (TNT): Trail Blazers @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 0-0)