Good afternoon, folks. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s first run in the postseason is officially over. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(1) Warriors – 129 @ (8) Clippers – 110 (GSW wins 4-2)
- The Golden State Warriors finally sent the pesky Los Angeles Clippers into the offseason after winning Game 6 in L.A. Kevin Durant exploded for a playoff career-high 50 points – 38 of them coming in the first half alone, tied for the second-most points in the first half of a playoff game in NBA history. Draymond Green posted a triple-double, as well. The Clippers made a few second-half runs that made the game somewhat interesting, but the end result was never in doubt. Durant was on fire and the Clips couldn’t get enough from Lou Williams to have a chance.
- In the final outing of his first ever NBA playoffs, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 22 points on 8-14 shooting (2-4 from three) in addition to five rebounds, six assists, and zero turnovers. He was also the only Clippers starter to post a positive plus/minus, finishing plus-6 in 34 minutes. SGA looked like anything but a rookie during this series alongside fellow first-year guard Landry Shamet (of Whicita State fame). Outside of a few over-aggressive drives to the rim, SGA put on a great performance in Game 6. He’s been tasked with guarding Durant, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry throughout the entire series and did a respectable job. How many rookies are pouring in 20 points while guarding the best shooters on the entire planet at the same time? The future is bright for the former Wildcat.
- Short recap today, but there are two exciting games on Saturday, ending with a Game 7 featuring Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets. The Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup between TOR-PHI should be one of the most exciting of the entire playoffs.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||110-129 L vs. GSW||22||8-14 (2-4)||5||6||0||1||0||+6||34|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||129-110 W @ LAC||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:30 (TNT): Sixers @ Raptors (Meeks)
10:00 (TNT): Spurs @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) (Tied 3-3)