Good morning, folks. Jamal Murray has never lost a playoff series. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(3) 76ers – 95 @ (2) Raptors – 108 (TOR leads 1-0)
- The second round kicked off on Saturday in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Raptors edging out the Philadelphia 76ers to win Game 1. Kawhi Leonard posted a playoff career-high 45 points on an efficient 16-23 shooting while his teammate Pascal Siakam was nearly perfect, adding 29 points on 12-15 shooting for the Raps. The victory was the first in a Game 1 for Toronto since 2008 when they beat the Washington Wizards in the first round. The win also brings the franchise’s all-time record in Game 1’s to 3-14.
- One thing has become abundantly clear about this Toronto team compared to teams of old. Kawhi Leonard is just better than everyone else. These aren’t the DeMar DeRozan Raptors anymore. Leonard is a legit superstar.
(7) Spurs – 86 @ (2) Nuggets – 90 (DEN wins 4-3)
- Speaking of DeRozan, the team Toronto traded him to in the offseason – the San Antonio Spurs – fell in Game 7 against Denver. The Spurs were plagued by its own spotty shot selection all game and it resulted in them scoring only 86 points. The Nuggets will now advance to take on the Portland Trail Blazers in round two.
- Jamal Murray helped close out the Spurs with 23 points on 9-19 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Nikola Jokic carried the Nuggets with another triple-double, but it was Murray’s clutch shot-making down the stretch that led the Nuggets to its first series win in a decade. Murray ended this series on a strong note after frustrating inconsistency through the first few games. The Nuggets as a team shot only 2-20 from beyond the arc and it was Murray who was penetrating and hunting down open looks in the paint to open up other looks for his teammates.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||90-86 W vs. SAS||23||9-19 (0-2)||5||4||0||0||1||+1||32|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||108-95 W vs. PHI||0||0-1 (0-0)||1||0||0||0||0||-9||4|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||90-86 W vs. SAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||90-86 W vs. SAS||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
1:00 (ABC): Celtics @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
3:30 (ABC): Rockets @ Warriors (Cousins-out)