Good afternoon, folks. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to N.Y. 2019. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(1) Bucks – 113 @ (4) Celtics – 101 (MIL leads 3-1)
- “As a team, I don’t know where Milwaukee goes from here.” – Paul Pierce, following the Bucks Game 1 loss to the Celtics. “I think it’s over,” he continued. This is your regular reminder that Paul Pierce generally doesn’t know what he’s talking about despite being paid way too much money to spew his opinion. Technically, however, that last line did turn out to be prophetic. “I think it’s over.”
- And it may very well be over. Just not for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo brushed off some late foul trouble and dominated the Celtics in Game 4, posting 39 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 15-22 from the floor. Milwaukee’s bench gave the team a massive boost with Anteotokounmpo (and Khris Middleton) on the bench in the third quarter. George Hill added 15 points off the bench and Pat Connaughton contributed another 10 to extend a Bucks lead just in time for its best player to return back to the court. 17 of Antetokounmpo’s points came in the fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe registered 13 points on 6-12 shooting for the Bucks.
- Kyrie Irving was the Celtics best player but shot 7-22 from the field for 23 points. This comes after he shot 8-22 in Game 3 and 4-18 in Game 2.
- ”Who cares? I’m a basketball player,” said Irving following the game when asked about how many shots he took. ”I’m trying to do it all. For me, the 22 shots – I should have shot 30.”
- WOOOOOOO BOYYYYY just go ahead and build the Irving/Durant billboards in Times Square right now.
- After losing Game 1 and tricking Paul Pierce in the process, the Bucks are now on the verge of its first Eastern Conference Finals since 2001.
(1) Warriors – 108 @ (4) Rockets – 112 (Tied 2-2)
- Much like Irving is the best player on a team with underlying chemistry issues, same goes for Kevin Durant and his relationship with the Golden State Warriors. Durant was the most effective – and frightening – man on the court Monday night, scoring 34 points on 12-22 shooting and did literally everything he could to win this game on both the offensive and defensive end. Steph Curry finally had a good game in this series, adding another 30 points, but he shot 4-14 from deep. Both Durant and Curry missed potential game-tying triples with under 15 seconds left in the game.
- James Harden led the Rockets with 38 points and Houston honestly had this game controlled for the majority of the night. They constantly held a double-digit lead in the second half and every time the Warriors would trim it down, the Rockets would find a way to push it back out. Durant looked legitimately pissed down the stretch. He was shoving his own players out of the way so he could guard Harden. He made it his personal mission to make Harden beat him – and he did a solid job, in reality. On the other end, Durant was just abusing the smaller lineup of Houston, pouring in easy 15-footers with little resistance. Watching Kevin Durant last night solidified my thinking that he’s currently the best basketball player in the world.
- And now we have a tied series heading back to Oakland. The Warriors have looked…. uninterested (?) throughout the first two rounds. For the first time in a long time, they look vulnerable. A Game 5 win on the road for Houston might finally create that Warriors-less NBA Finals we’ve been begging for since 2017.
|Eric Bledsoe (MIL)||113-101 W @ BOS||13||6-12 (0-4)||2||3||1||2||3||-2||28|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||108-112 L @ HOU||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Sixers @ Raptors (Meeks) (Tied 2-2)
10:30 (TNT): Trail Blazers (Labissiere, Kanter) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 2-2)