Good afternoon, folks. Eric Bledsoe dominated the Pistons for 27 points in 28 minutes. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(5) Pacers – 90 @ (4) Celtics – 99 (BOS leads 2-0)
- The Indiana Pacers didn’t quite have a full-on meltdown in the second half as they did in Game 1, but they also didn’t not not have a full-on meltdown in the second half as they did in Game 1. At halftime, the Pacers trailed 52-50, then barely scraped together a 12-point fourth quarter that doomed them against a red-hot Kyrie Irving.
- Irving led all scorers with 37 points to go along with six rebounds and seven assists while converting on six of his 10 three-point attempts. This was one of those special Irving games where he just tosses up whatever the hell he feels like – no matter who is guarding him or how close they are – and it always finds the bottom of the net. Boston rattled off a 10-0 run in the final five minutes of regulation to ice off another Pacers collapse.
- Going home to Indy, the Pacers can at least head into Game 3 with the mindset knowing that they can win this series. It’s just a matter of putting things together for all four quarters, all 48 minutes.
(8) Pistons 99 @ (1) Bucks – 120 (MIL leads 2-0)
- The Milwaukee Bucks featured our only member of the BBNBA to take the floor on Wednesday and he put on a performance to make up for it. Eric Bledsoe unloaded for 27 points in 28 minutes in addition to four rebounds, six assists, three steals, and only one turnover against the Detroit Pistons, who are so severely overmatched it’s actually kind of hilarious.
- Bledsoe was hoisting up – and drilling – contested triples (he shot 3-8 from deep), slipping in behind-the-back passes, and being an overall bulldog on both ends of the court. He was excellent in Game 2 and there wasn’t a Piston on the floor who could stop him. Although, without Blake Griffin, there isn’t a single Piston who can go head-to-head with any of the Bucks top nine players. Detroit was able to keep this game somewhat close until a 35-17 advantage in the third quarter favoring Milwaukee ended things for good. The series now heads to Michigan for the next two games.
(5) Jazz – 98 @ (4) Rockets – 118 (HOU leads 2-0)
- The Utah Jazz is experimenting at the worst possible time, in my opinion. Once again – same as they did in Game 1 – the Jazz preferred to push James Harden into the middle of the floor where he absolutely swallowed the Utah defense whole. Harden posted a 32-point triple-double in a game the Rockets led by at least 15 points for what felt like the entire outing. Houston led 39-19 after the first quarter and never looked back.
- This play right here epitomizes the Jazz defense through the first two games that makes absolutely zero sense to me.
- What is going on here? Is Ricky Rubio telling Harden who to pass to? Why are the Jazz leaving the shooter wide open only one pass away from Harden? By putting Ingles on the back of Harden, Utah is essentially saying “here you go, James, an easy 3-on-2 opportunity for you.” Utah’s head coach Quin Snyder is very clearly a highly more intelligent basketball mind than I am, but I’m lost here. If someone can explain, I’m all ears. I understand what Utah is trying to accomplish here (forcing Harden into tough decisions in the paint – and he did have eight turnovers) but there are now two back-to-back blowout losses that indicate this is not a beneficial strategy. Onto Game 3 in Utah.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||120-99 W vs. DET||27||11-19 (3-8)||4||6||3||1||1||+14||28|
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