April 4,2019 at 8:00 PM
4/18/2019 8:00 PM
Nets Host Game 3 With Home-Court Advantage
The Brooklyn Nets play host to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoffs, at Barclays Center on Thursday evening. Game 2 went to the Sixers, as they put together a dominant win at home, to even the series at 1-1. The Nets took Game 1 as they got out to a good start and managed to carry the momentum, but fell short in Game 2, as the 76ers played with a much greater focus and put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Nets 51-23 in the third quarter. D'Angelo Russell led the Nets with 26 points, four assists and three rebounds in Game 1, but was held to just 16 points two rebounds and two assists in Game 2. Caris LeVert also had a big outing in Game 1, with 23 points, four rebounds and two assists, in 23 minutes, but was held to 13 points, four rebounds and one assist in Game 2. However, the Nets now own home-court advantage in the series, which should be interesting since they had a solid 23-18 home record this season. Meanwhile, despite pouring in 22 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in Game 1, Joel Embiid (knee) seemed questionable after Game 1 but ended up coming up with 23 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2, to secure the must-win home game. Embiid is expected to be good and ready for Game 3. Jimmy Butler came up huge in Game 1 despite the loss, with 36 points and nine rebounds, but had a much different stat line int he Game 2 blowout, with seven points, seven assists and four rebounds. The Sixers were 20-21 on the road this season and will need to come up big in at least one of the next two games to keep themselves in it.
April 4,2019 at 9:00 PM
4/18/2019 9:00 PM
Nuggets and Spurs Look to Break Series Deadlock
The Denver Nuggets take on the San Antonio Spurs at AT & T Center on Thursday night in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series. The series is tied 1-1. The Nuggets (1-1) looked to be in serious danger of heading to San Antonio with a 2-0 series deficit as late as 4:28 of the third quarter in Tuesday night's Game 2. At that point, the Spurs' Rudy Gay had just completed a three-point play by draining a free throw, which had given San Antonio a 19-point advantage. However, that appeared to finally serve as a wake-up call for Denver, which outscored the visitors by a 55-27 margin the rest of the way for a 114-105 win. DeMar DeRozan paced the Spurs with 31 points, adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Derrick White posted 17 points, four rebounds and one block. Bryn Forbes and Jakob Poeltl generated matching five-point efforts while pulling down four and eight rebounds, respectively. The Spurs come into Game 3 with a clean bill of health. Jamal Murray bounced back from a forgettable start to the game to lead the Nuggets with 24 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal. Gary Harris supplied 23 points, five rebounds and one assist. Nikola Jokic delivered 21 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Paul Millsap managed 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Monte Morris paced the bench with 11 points and six assists. The Nuggets also come into Thursday's contest without any short-term injuries to report.
April 4,2019 at 10:30 PM
4/18/2019 10:30 PM
Warriors, Clippers Clash in Game 3
The Golden State Warriors will travel to Los Angeles on Thursday to take on the Clippers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series at Staples Center. Game 2 was looking like business-as-usual for the Warriors, as they dominated the Clippers for two and a half quarters Monday night and built their lead up to as many as 31 points. Then, something changed, Golden State stopped hitting shots, and Los Angeles' offense, on the back of likely Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams (36 points) and Montrezl Harrell (25 points), became unstoppable. The Clippers would go on to score 85 points in the second half of that game and climbed all the way back to take the lead after a made three-pointer from Landry Shamet in the closing moments. The Clippers ultimately won Game 2, 135-131, but the Warriors certainly lost more than a game Monday night, as starting center DeMarcus Cousins left in the first half with a non-contact quad injury. It was ultimately diagnosed as a torn left quad, and Cousins was ruled out indefinitely, likely leaving the Warriors without their starting center for the remainder of the postseason. Andrew Bogut will now start at center for Golden State in his absence. Center production, however, is not going to be the Warriors' focus heading into Game 3, as the main reason for their blown lead Monday was the 21 turnovers they committed as a team. They also shot just 11-of-28 from behind the arc, and if Golden State can play less sloppy and do a better job of knocking down jump shots Thursday, the team should like its chances of re-taking the series lead.