Last night the BBN had the pleasure to watch former Cats in all three playoff games last night. Unfortunately it didn’t end well for all of them.
Terrence Jones’ Rockets won Game 3 in Portland to cut the Blazers’ lead to 2-1. The W was important but after starting the series on fire, the Real T-Jones didn’t score a point last night.
John Wall put Zard Nation in place to take their first 3-0 series lead ever after stealing two games in Chicago with late-game comebacks, but the third time was a charm for Da’ Bulls. Wall scored 23 points and added 7 assists and 4 steals, but Wall couldn’t close like the previous two games. With 1:27 to play and the game tied at 91, Wall missed two free throws. Wall bounced back to hit his final five free throws, but it was too little too late after Jimmy Butler’s deep three, giving the Bulls a 100-97 win.
Patrick Patterson has become the Raptors’ most important player off the bench. Last night P-Patt took his game to the next level, making multiple Sportscenter highlights while scoring 10 of his 17 points in the 4th quarter and hitting 3-4 shots from behind the three-point line. Down 15 with five minutes to play, Patterson helped spark a comeback, but many will remember what happened with :19 seconds to play. Needing two free throws to tie the game at 98, Patterson missed both and that was all she wrote.
Free throw struggles are the absolute worst, but we can’t get down on our young NBA Cats. The playoffs are long and there isn’t a better learning opportunity than tasting the agony of defeat.