What a crazy weekend in the NBA. I don’t even know where to start! Let’s just go with early action on Friday between the Celtics and 76ers. How about that Andre Iguodala? Looking at the box score you’d think that he did terrible and for the most part he did. It was Iguodala’s huge shots late in the game that secured a 92-83 win for Philadelphia and a series that’s tied at two games going back to Boston. The Celtics looked in control most of the game but it was the Sixers youth and bench that rallied them back during the third and fourth quarter. Now a best of 3 series, we’ll see how the Celtics can respond heading that home. Kevin Garnett in particular must improve from his miserable game 4 performance and go back to formula that worked so effectively in game 3. Looking more and more like this one is going all the way to game 7.
Staying in the east it was all LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (combining for 70pts, 27reb and 15ast) yesterday afternoon as the Heat used a huge second half to knot the series against Indiana. It’s exactly what the Heat needed from their two stars to get back on track and swing the momentum their way headed back home for game 5. Combined with trying stop Wade and James, the Pacers also struggled from the field during key stretches late in games and that was the main reason of their demise. So what now for game 5 in South Beach? The way this series has developed so far I see anything and everything happening. Is another game 7 looming in the eastern conference?
What else can you say about this Lakers-Thunder series? The Lakers rebounded nicely in game 3 Friday night and it was looking like Los Angeles would tie the series Saturday night but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had other plans. Led by Westbrook and sealed by Durant (ridiculous 3 pointer with 13.7 seconds left in the game) the Thunder beat the Lakers 103-100 and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series heading back to Oklahoma City. The Lakers led most of game 4 but it was the late game heroics of the Westbrook-Durant combo that had the final word in this game and I think this series. Can the Thunder give the final blow or will the Lakers fight enough to keep the series going in an elimination game tonight?
The San Antonio Spurs have won 8 straight playoff games (18th straight win overall) as thy swept the Clippers as they await their final opponent in the west. The game was closer than the rest of the series but even with Chris Paul playing effectively to lead the Clippers, Tim Duncan and the Spurs had an answer to everything that Los Angeles threw at them. It was valiant effort by the Clippers but that this point San Antonio looks like a team that has their eye on the final prize. Most people think the Thunder will give them all they can but we’ll have to wait and see until they get there. Right now, the Spurs can sit back and ice their knees while watching everyone else battle for a spot in the conference finals.
Game 5: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
7:00ET (series tied at 2)
Game 5 is a swing game. I’m not sure of the exact statistic but the team that wins game 5 will most likely win the series. I don’t need numbers to tell me that.
Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder
9:30ET (OKC leads 3-1)
We have a young and hungry team with the chance to finish off a series against a proven veteran team that has their backs against the wall fighting for playoff life. What else is there to say?