Good afternoon, folks. James Harden scored 29 points while blind. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(4) Celtics – 102 @ (1) Bucks – 123 (Tied 1-1)
- Game 2 of this series looked oddly familiar to Game 1, but with the scores switched. Milwaukee was on the receiving end of a blowout loss to open up this series after they were thoroughly outplayed by Boston and it’s incredible defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, in Game 2, Milwaukee was the team rolling out the beating.
- After shooting a poor 7-21 from the field for 22 points in Game 1, Antetokounmpo roared back with a much more aggressive approach leading to 29 points and 10 rebounds on 7-16 shooting from the field. On top of that, Khris Middleton drilled seven triples to help the Bucks break its franchise record for most made threes in a playoff game with 20.
- The game was actually about even at halftime. Milwaukee led by four but it felt like they were on the verge of blowing the game wide open. A 39-18 third-quarter advantage favoring the Bucks did just that and they were able to coast to victory and a series knotted at one game apiece. Eric Bledsoe posted 21 points, three rebounds, and five assists for the Bucks.
- Game 3 will head to Boston.
(4) Rockets – 109 @ (1) Warriors – 115 (GSW leads 2-0)
- We were able to make it through a Warriors-Rockets game without an unnecessary amount of petty criticism! You see, playoff miracles do come true! Golden State snuck out another tight win at home after leading for the majority of the second half. Kevin Durant continues to be the best player in these playoffs and Draymond Green has turned the clock back three years – he damn near put up another triple-double.
- But it sure doesn’t help Houston when its best player and MVP candidate James Harden is legally blind for over half the game. The Rockets star spent some time in the locker room after Green incidentally swiped Harden across the face in the first quarter, poking both of Harden’s eyes and caused the blood-shot redness you see below.
— Jason Bristol (@JBristolKHOU) May 1, 2019
- He still finished with 29 points and gave Houston a chance to come back in the end. Even Steph Curry was forced to the locker room at one point in the game after he dislocated the middle finger on his non-shooting hand. There was a moment when both Curry and Harden were receiving treatment in the back at the same time. But Golden State maintained home-court advantage and won both games with the series heading to Houston. Now the real fun can begin.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||123-102 W vs. BOS||21||7-12 (3-5)||3||5||0||2||4||+23||26|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||115-109 W vs. HOU||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
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