The NBA Playoffs are underway and with thirteen Cats in action (tied with UCLA for the most from any school), it can be hard to keep track of who plays when. Kentucky problems, right? That’s why I put together this handy guide for you, starting with tonight’s games, which feature some of our brightest stars.
Series: Toronto leads 1-0
The Raptors, coached by former Cat DeWayne Casey, beat the Wizards 114-106 on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the series despite a 23-point, 15-assist performance by John Wall.
* Meeks is currently suspended for violating the league’s anti-drug policy after testing positive for banned compounds Ipamorelin and Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2.
Series: Boston leads 1-0
Game one of this series was the most thrilling of the playoffs thus far. Unfortunately, Eric Bledsoe was on the embarrassing end of what would have been a game-winner by Louisville alum Terry Rozier had Khris Middleton not sunk a long three at the buzzer to take the game into overtime:
TERRY ROZIER IS A KILLER! ? pic.twitter.com/aHE63AsIKN
— Celtics Direct (@CelticsDirect) April 15, 2018
Make him pay, Bledsoe.
10:30 PM, TNT: New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, DeMarcus Cousins*) vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Series: New Orleans leads 1-0
Anthony Davis had 35 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks to help the Pelicans to a 97-95 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland. Rajon Rondo added 6 points and 17 (!!) assists, while Darius Miller chipped in four rebounds. DeAndre Liggins did not play.
* DeMarcus Cousins is out after tearing his Achilles in February
Series: Indiana leads 1-0
Alex Poythress didn’t play in the Pacers’ stunning Game 1 upset of LeBron and the Cavaliers, but he sure looked happy cheering his team on from the bench:
Can the Pacers shock the world? Probably not, but I’ll definitely be cheering for them.
Series: Oklahoma City leads 1-0
Patrick Patterson only pulled down two rebounds in eight minutes in the Thunder’s 116-108 win over the Jazz. Dakari Johnson did not play.
Series: Houston leads 1-0
Not to rehash old wounds from the Wisconsin game, but can the Timberwolves just get Karl Towns the ball? Towns only had 8 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota’s 104-101 loss, far short of his 21.3 ppg average leading in to the game. Towns fought double-teams all night, but for Minnesota to have a chance, they must do a better job of getting him the ball and/or he needs to do a better job demanding it. Right, Sir Charles?
“They’ve got to be one of the dumbest teams I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Tell us how you really feel, Chuck… ? pic.twitter.com/M5Rw9xg8cF
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 16, 2018
Series: Tied 1-1
Bam had 6 points and 1 rebound in Miami’s Game 1 loss to the 76ers on Saturday and 5 rebounds in last night’s Game 2 win.
Hopefully the Pels can bring a 2-0 lead back home to New Orleans.