Good morning, folks. It was a night of blowouts. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(3) Sixers – 89 @ (2) Raptors – 125 (TOR leads 3-2)
- The first of our two blowouts featured the Toronto Raptors busting out a 37-17 scoring advantage in the second quarter. From then on, the game had been decided. Kawhi Leonard proved that he is, in fact, not a robot and is human, registering 21 points and 13 rebounds to complement 25 points from Pascal Siakam.
- The 36-point win for Toronto marked its largest postseason win in franchise history and the loss for Philly was the worst playoff loss it suffered since the 1982 Eastern Conference finals.
- The only thing I will say about this series right now is that Joel Embiid is clearly not healthy. He missed the morning shootaround dealing with the same flu-like symptoms that nearly kept him out of Game 4. A bum knee forced him to miss time towards the end of the season. He contributed only 13 points and six rebounds. If Philly wants to steal these next two games, they need a healthy Joel Embiid. No other way around it.
(3) Trail Blazers – 89 @ (2) Nuggets – 124 (DEN leads 3-2)
- The Denver Nuggets never trailed against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5, leading by six after the first quarter, 18 at halftime, and 28 entering the final period. It was one of those games that was just never close. Veteran Paul Millsap poured in 19 of his 24 points in the first half, guiding his young Nuggets squad to a massive win. Denver remains unstoppable at home. Jamal Murray posted a BBNBA high 18 points on 7-16 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists for Denver. He was in his bag on Tuesday night, breaking out all the tricks and treats. It all cumulated to this moment right here, where Murray licked his fingers like they were coated in tangy BBQ chicken after a made bucket.
JAMAL MURRAY EATIN’ ? pic.twitter.com/asmzi6AKU5
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 8, 2019
- Ew. You do know Nikola Jokic’s sweaty palms have been touching that ball all game, right? My only other response will be the tweet below.
Im gonna be a boring old man for a second but Jamal Murray celebrating by licking his fingers is fuckin gross dont do that shit anymore bro
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) May 8, 2019
- Meanwhile, Enes Kanter struggled with only seven points on 2-9 shooting. He managed to pull in eight rebounds but has now posted back-to-back bad games. Part of it might be him still adapting to Ramadan and learning how to properly fast during a physical draining time for his body. He even said he reached out to NBA Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon for tips about how to fast while still performing at a high level.
- Like I always say, it’s never a competitive series until one team is severely blown out by the other (I’ve never said that).
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||18||7-16 (1-5)||5||9||0||1||0||+28||33|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||98-124 L @ DEN||7||2-9 (0-0)||8||3||0||0||1||-19||25|
|Jodie Meeks (TOR)||125-89 W vs. PHI||3||1-1 (1-1)||0||0||0||0||0||+6||6|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||98-124 L @ DEN||2||1-2 (0-1)||0||0||0||0||0||-4||5|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||+3||2|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||124-98 W vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
8:00 (TNT): Celtics @ Bucks (Bledsoe) (MIL leads 3-1)
10:30 (TNT): Rockets @ Warriors (Cousins-out) (Tied 2-2)