Drawing the matchup of your opponent’s best player is never an easy task to conquer. This fact rings especially true when the other team’s best player just so happens to be LaMarcus Aldridge– scorer of 40+ points in back-to-back contests– as was the case of former Kentucky Wildcat and current Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones. Not to be outdone, Jones’ one-time teammate at Kentucky, Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, has been granted the privilege of
stopping hoping to contain the world’s greatest athlete, LeBron James (whose track record speaks for itself). Nevertheless, both college-national-champions-turned-NBA-starters managed to make their presence known on national television Wednesday evening, despite both of their teams falling behind 0-2 in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
First, after a 7:00 p.m. tip-off time, the Charlotte Bobcats took on the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in Charlotte’s second (and final) playoff series while known as the Bobcats. Even though King James got his (by way of 32 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals), Kidd-Gilchrist shined in his second career postseason game. MKG led all Bobcat scorers with 22 points, complemented by 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. Charlotte fell to Miami 97-101 after a comeback attempt that fell just short in the fourth quarter. Game 3 will take place Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC.
In the second game of TNT’s NBA Playoff double-header, the 4th seeded Houston Rockets faced the 5th seeded Portland Trail Blazers at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. While 3-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge– with 43 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 1 assist– could not be stopped by anything the Rockets threw at him (including superstar center Dwight Howard), Terrence Jones had a sold game of his own in a 105-112 Rockets loss. Jones scored 13 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, grabbed 2 steals, and dished out 1 assist in 26 minutes of playing time. After a double-double of his own in Game 1’s Houston loss, Terrence looks to help his team bounce back when they travel to Portland, OR for Game 3 on Friday at 10:30 p.m. (EST).
Tonight, be sure to check out Memphis Grizzlies veteran Tayshaun Prince at 8:00 p.m. on TNT when the Grizz face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN. The series is currently tied 1-1.