Good afternoon, folks. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is ballin’ in the postseason. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(4) Celtics – 110 @ (5) Pacers – 106 (BOS wins 4-0)
- We have our first sweep of the 2019 playoffs, courtesy of the Boston Celtics. It took four games for the Celtics to sweep the Indiana Pacers, winning all of them by an average margin of 7.5 points per game. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 22.5 points and 7.8 assists per game while shooting over 43 percent from deep.
- Game 4 was close throughout and the Pacers found themselves leading for a good portion of the day. But a well-timed run by Boston late in the fourth quarter resulted in a series sweep.
- ”They got hot,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. ”They started making shots and we stopped making shots. That’s one of the biggest thing that’s haunted us through this whole series.” The Pacers shot 40.1 percent from the field in this series. They shot over 47 from the field in the regular season. Victor Oladipo being out really put his value to the team on display.
- Boston will take on the winner of Milwaukee-Detroit… Which means they’ll be facing the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
(1) Warriors – 113 @ (8) Clippers – 105 (GSW leads 3-1)
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played his best game in these playoffs by far during Game 4. The Clippers may have lost – and now find themselves in a 3-1 hole – but SGA was awesome. He posted 25 points on 9-15 shooting, including 3-5 from deep, in addition to two boards and two assists. His first quarter was particularly special, as he started the game 5-6 from the field for 14 points. He was scoring inside and out, slithering his way into the paint for shots that only appear difficult but are actually routine for him. He was comfortably getting to his spots early and knocking down the long ball. It didn’t matter if it was Draymond Green or Andrew Bogut in front of him, he was determined to get to the rim and finish. Unfortunately, when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both go for 30-plus, it doesn’t matter how well you play, sometimes the talent will simply overpower you. The Clippers even held a lead in the third quarter and were playing beautifully before eventually being overrun by the two-time defending champs.
- The good news is we get at least another game of this series. And while the Warriors will almost undoubtedly win (although they do love fumbling away games whenever they’re even remotely related to the numbers 3 and 1), watching SGA grow up right in front of my eyes on the biggest stage has been a lot of fun. The Clippers as a team are just thrilling television.
(2) Raptors – 107 @ Magic – 85 (TOR leads 3-1)
- The Orlando Magic should count themselves lucky that they snuck out a win in Game 1 because that’s as close to any taste of victory they’re going to get. The Raptors smacked the Magic in Game 4 behind 34 points from Kawhi Leonard. There really isn’t much more to say about this series. Jodie Meeks is hardly playing. Toronto is just eons above this Orlando squad.
(3) Trail Blazers – 111 @ (6) Thunder – 98 (POR leads 3-1)
- The most exciting first-round series did not disappoint in Game 4 (unless you’re a Thunder fan). Remember how Damian Lillard dropped 25 points in the third quarter of Game 3? Well, he added another 15 in the third of Game 4. Lillard was awful to start this game, to say the least. He missed his first six shots and didn’t connect on his first field goal until the first half was nearly over. But when that third quarter began and he got his first look to fall, the buzz in the arena began to build. Everyone knew he was about to pop off. And man… did he pop off.
- Steph Curry has desensitized the super deep three. The shot where he takes it right on the edge of the logo, over 30-feet out from the basket. If it wasn’t for Curry, Lillard’s shots from near half court would be a must-watch spectacle. They still are, however, we’ve seen it before. But even still, when Lillard rolls around a screen and he’s got enough space despite standing 30-feet from the basket, you just know it’s going in. That’s what Lillard’s third-quarter was like on Sunday. It didn’t matter where he was on the court, if the shot went up, everyone in the building knew it was going to drop in. And he did.
- Enes Kanter didn’t have a massive impact on this game like he did in games 1 and 3, but still contributed eight points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Nerlens Noel registered a solid 11 minutes for OKC, recording two points, one rebound, one steal, and a block.
- The series now heads back to Portland where Russell Westbrook and Paul George will look to avenge their subpar performances in Game 4.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)||105-113 L vs. GSW||25||9-15 (3-5)||2||2||1||0||2||-1||30|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||111-98 W @ OKC||8||2-4 (0-0)||10||3||2||1||2||+16||30|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||98-111 L vs. POR||2||1-3 (0-0)||1||0||1||1||1||+4||11|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||107-85 W @ ORL||0||0-1 (0-0)||2||0||0||0||0||+1||5|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||111-98 W @ OKC||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||98-111 L vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||98-111 L vs. POR||DNP-Elbow||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||113-105 W @ LAC||DNP-Quad||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Pistons (MIL leads 3-0)
10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Jazz (HOU leads 3-0)