Sunglasses & Advil:
The Boston Celtics played the Wizards on their home court last night and, as has been the case all year long, the home team won. Well, that's putting it kindly. The first two games saw the Celtics make a bad habit of playing from behind all game until the fourth quarter. The Wizards weren't having any of that. The game's competitiveness peaked early in the first quarter when the game was tied at 12. Then, in a blink of an eye, John Wall and the Wizards ran away with it. Washington put together a 22-0 run that would put the game entirely out of reach. The Wizards would hold on to defeat Boston 116-89, although the Celtics still lead the series 2-1.
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Washington finally took advantage of their matchups with Isaiah Thomas, using their length to score over him. On the opposite side of the ball, they smothered him. Thomas, who was coming off a 53-point performance in Game 2, finished the night with just 13 points (3-for-8 shooting). For Washington, John Wall led the way with 24 points and 8 assists. The major story of the night was the extracurricular activity. Both teams went at it and one could say the game eventually got out of hand. Brandon Jennings and Terry Rozier had some words for one another and were eventually both ejected due to technical fouls. However, Kelly Oubre was ejected due to a flagrant 2 foul in which he charged at Kelly Olynyk and knocked him down. The incident occurred moments after Olynyk knocked Oubre down with a seemingly clean screen. Oubre may very well face suspension.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
The second game of the night was eerily similar to the first, minus the extracurricular activity. Draymond Green continued his hot shooting from deep, connecting on 5 of his 8 attempts, and the Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104. Despite the score, the Warriors were never in danger of losing this game. They led 33-15 after one and led by at least 15 throughout most of the game. In fact, per Marc Spears, the Warriors have led for 94 minutes throughout this series. They've been tied for the remaining two minutes; the Jazz have never led.
However, there were some positives for the Jazz. They didn't get run off the floor with George Hill (toe) not playing and Gordon Hayward (33 points) looked like an All-Star again. Interestingly enough, the Warriors only connected on two more 3s than the Jazz, turned the ball over more and only made one more free throw than the Jazz. But the Warriors depth proved too much as three players scored more than 20 points, while Hayward was the only Jazz player with more than 16 points. The Warriors remain undefeated in the playoffs as they take a 2-0 lead over Utah.
When the Sun falls, then the Moonlight:
The Toronto Raptors were supposed to be the team that gave Cleveland trouble in the East. So far, all they have done is raised Cleveland's confidence level. As the Raptors head back home for Game 3, hopefully they can find DeMar DeRozan who went missing in Game 2. If DeRozan doesn't show up, Toronto can be in for some deep trouble given that Kyle Lowry sprained his ankle in Game 2 and is deemed questionable for tonight.
All hope isn't lost for the Raptors. They were humiliated in both Game 1 and Game 2 last year against the Cavaliers, before taking the next two games at home. They would go on to lose the next two games after that, but that's not the point. The point is: if Lowry is available and DeRozan shows up and LeBron doesn't go supernova and they contain Cleveland's three point shooting and Drake doesn't curse them . . . BREATHE . . . the Raptors have a chance of making this a competitive game.
CLE @ TOR | 7:00 PM ET on ESPN | CLE leads series 2-0
What an odd series. The Rockets crushed the Spurs in Game 1 and the Spurs returned the favor in Game 2. As the series heads a few miles east to Houston, we're bound to see a much different type of game. For starters, Coach Popovich made a flurry of adjustments for Game 2 that you would think Mike D'Antoni and the Rockets would address. However, the Spurs are now without Tony Parker (torn quadriceps tendon). This puts a lot more pressure on Kawhi Leonard to orchestrate the offense and Patty Mills to be more than just a scorer. Despite Houston's issues defensively, their biggest concern in their Game 2 loss was Harden's inability to score (thanks to Leonard). They'll certainly need him to shoot better than 3-for-17 if they want to beat San Antonio, even without Parker.
SAS @ HOU | 9:30 PM ET on ESPN | Series tied 1-1
Lines of the Night:
Kevin Durant: 25 points (6-for-13) | 11 rebounds | 7 assists
Gordon Hayward: 33 points (11-for-21) | 5 rebounds | 4 assists
Draymond Green: 21 points (7-for-13) | 7 rebounds | 6 assists
John Wall: 24 points (7-for-19) | 8 assists | 3 steals