Monday night kicked off with the Cavaliers and Pacers. The Pacers surprisingly only lost by one point in the first game.
The Cavs were up 18 going into the fourth quarter, but their defense continues to leave a lot to be desired. Cleveland and company seemed confident going into the playoffs, assuming they could just turn it on or off. That’s a tricky game to play. Cleveland is up 2-0, but the wins haven’t exactly been convincing for the defending champs.
The Big 3 of LeBron, Kyrie and K-Love combined for 89 points in the Game 2 117-111 win . Love had 27 points and took just SEVEN SHOTS. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT MATH.
Pacers forward Paul George scored 32 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists. He wasn’t pleased with his teammates after the game. You could look at it as the Pacers lost by just seven combined points in two games against the defending champs. Or you could look at it as the Pacers let two opportunities that might not come again this series to steal a game against the best basketball player of our generation.
Lance Stephenson Update:
Stephenson finished with 13 points off the bench in 26 minutes, but this happened so that stat line really means nothing.
We Shouldn’t Be Surprised
I’ll be honest. I went to bed at halftime of the Spurs and Grizzlies game because, well, it just really wasn’t fun. I wanted the Grizzlies to make a game out of it, but with Wayne Selden and Vince Carter (who is great but he’s like 56) starting, that’s a tough task against the grind factory that is San Antonio.
(I will say that I think Dave Fizdale has done a great job in Memphis this season. For that team to win 43 games is pretty impressive.)
But this is what the Spurs do. They make us think we have a series and then they just go out and dominate like they did in Monday night’s 96-82 win over Memphis.
Kawhi Leonard flexed his “And I’m not in the Harden/Westbrook discussion?” muscles and finished with 37 points (on 14 shots) and 11 rebounds.
He makes shots like this which make me think he might actually be an alien.
With wins by Cleveland and San Antonio, both teams advance to 2-0 in their series.
Tonight, we have the Bucks at Raptors, Bulls at Celtics and Jazz at Clippers. I’ll take the home teams in all three, hoping there is some fun to have in this first round.