Did anyone bet that Boston’s leading score for game 5 would be Brandon Bass? It was the first time in his entire career that he ever led scoring outright for the entire game. It was Bass’ big game along with Rondo’s control from the point that led the Celtics to a 101-85 win over Philadelphia and a 3-2 lead in the series. The 76ers had control for most the game up until midway through the 3rd quarter when the Celtics went on big runs and eventually the game turned into a rout once the 4th quarter got going. Turnovers hurt Philadelphia the most because they led to easy transition buckets for Boston which caused the crowd to get rowdy and well, you get the point. Philadelphia must limit those if they intend to make this series come back to Boston for a 7th game. Do I think it will? Well, neither team has won two in a row so it’s very probable. Let’s see how it plays out.
Looks like Kobe resorted back to his 2006 version by scoring 42 points and a having no assists in his last game for this season. The Thunder simply outplayed the Lakers in the second half to win 106-90 and secure their spot in the western conference finals with a 4-1 series victory. Durant, Westbrook and Harden were all great in leading the scoring for the Thunder, they asserted their dominance by starting a strong second half and eventually putting the final dagger in the Lakers hopes in a 4th quarter scoring spree. The Lakers’ trio of Kobe, Bynum and Gasol seemed out of sync when they were all playing at the same time, never really getting their scoring. So what’s next for the Lakers? Right now, let’s start preparing for what looks to be an instant classic in the western finals between the Spurs and Thunder this Sunday.
Game 5: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
8:00ET (series tied at 2)
After huge games by Wade and James has this series turned in favor of the Heat? Both teams are taking advantage of the couple days off to made adjustments. Indiana knows how to play against Miami to win and vice versa. Swing game so you know it’s big.