How much has each NBA conference semi-final changed after Game 2?
In Boston, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum adds up to 59 points as the league’s No 1 defense limited the Bucks to 3 to 18 from the 3-point line, while in Memphis, Ja MorantA career-high 47 points in the playoffs lifted the Grizzlies to a series-ending win in the most thrilling second-round game to date.
Miami continued its advantage over Philadelphia with another double-digit win. While newly crowned Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro promote game 1, it’s duo of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo overtook the Heat with a total of 45 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists.
After Thursday’s rest, what’s next in Game 3? Our NBA experts analyze what lies ahead in every game of the second round.
A constant chorus is heard from Phoenix Suns players after their Game 1 won first Dallas Mavericks is how they dropped gas in the fourth inning – allowing the Mavs to cut all of the Suns’ 21 points to five in the final minute – and how they need to correct that as the series goes on.
Chris Paul scored 14 of his 28 points in round 4 as the Suns beat the Mavericks 129-109 in game 2.
Boy, they used to win the fourth half of game 2 129-109 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals. The Suns unleashed a dominant offensive attack in the fourth inning on Wednesday, edging past the Mavericks 40-26 and shooting 16 to 19 (84.2%) from the field, which was the second-best strike of the series. any team in the fourth half of playoffs in the past 25 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The only team that performs better? The San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals – a team remembered for delivering one of the greatest clinics in history en route to the fifth title of Tim Duncan’s brilliant career.
Chris Paul Still looking for ring #1 and doing everything in my power to get it. He shot 6-to-7 in Game 2’s fourth round, scoring 14 of his 28 points in the final frame. This is the fourth time after this season he has scored 10 or more points in his fourth game, topping the NBA.
“It was fun. I loved it,” Paul said of the fourth leg. “The game is over, which is exciting for the fans. And as a player, I think you always have to focus on work. Work. It’s all back to work.”
– Dave McMenamin
Heat 2.76ers 0: Why Herro is the sixth man Miami deserves
Butler has always pointed out that, beyond the abilities the 22-year-old possesses, he appreciates how hard Herro works every day.
So to Butler, who has conflicts with younger teammates in the past for what he sees as a lack of consistent effort, it’s no surprise that Herro not only won the sixth Man of the Year award, but also dropped another 18 points in Wednesday’s win over the Sixers.
“It’s time for him to get the recognition he deserves,” Butler said after Game 2, “and he will be the main reason we won this year.”
Letting Herro play at this level only strengthens an already confident group. His ability to stretch the floor for Butler and Adebayo to work gives the Heat the weapon they’ll need to finish off this series, especially with the threat from Joel Embiid return for Game 3 or 4.
Bam Adebayo raised to take a lob from Tyler Herro and was suspended from the rim after a two-handed smash.
With the way Herro and the veteran Victor Oladipowho added 19 points in the second half, playing on the bench, there was no reason for the Heat to feel so good when they arrived in Philadelphia.
“[Herro] is one of the young stars of this tournament,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said ahead of Game 2. He can shut up all the fuss and just sacrifice and do what we feel is best for the group. It really leads to success and victory. That’s what it’s about. That’s what Tyler is all about. “
If Herro continues to work on the plays he has so far in this series, he’ll create something else for himself besides another award – he’ll get a big extension next season. This summer will help him have a long future in Miami.
– Nick Friedell
The Warriors and Grizzlies knew that Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-final was going to be tough.
Fitness quickly became what Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called “dirty” as the Grizzlies advanced Dillon Brooks Sent off the field for a rough 2 foul on a Warriors guard Gary Payton II resulted in Payton breaking his left elbow.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Payton will be out for at least a month, a timeline that makes it possible for him to return only if the Warriors make it to the NBA Finals.
Pablo Torre and Israel Gutierrez discuss the Celtics’ shooting from the depths in Game 2.
Payton was the obvious choice to defend Morant – it even got him a starting spot in Game 1 and 2 before his injury. Payton acts as an adult in the body of a small guardian, allowing him to bond with Morant on nearly every move.
Losing Payton was a huge blow to Golden State. Morant won 3 to 8 (38%) with Payton as the main defender on the series, according to ESPN Stats & Information (Morant was 23 to 50 against all other Warriors defenders, including 3 to 4 in the period. transitions.)
How will the Warriors defend Morant now?
Through the first two games, the Warriors, who lacked the type of defender with skills to match Morant in the paint or in the air, dared to let the electric guard defeat them as an outfield shooter.
On Tuesday, Morant shot 5 to 12 from outside the arc as part of his 47-point night.
And after Payton left the game, Morant showed just how vulnerable Golden State can be when he’s downhill.
Golden State is hoping Andre Iguodala, who missed the first two games of the series with a neck injury, may return on Saturday to help take on some defensive duties. Even though he lacks the quickness like before, Iguodala’s defensive IQ is still at its peak.
The Warriors have options but no clear answer for Morant in this series.
– Kendra Andrews
Celtics 1, Bucks 1: Why This Might Be Giannis’ Hardest Test
The Celtics have come up with Giannis Antetokounmpo very few easy baskets in the first two games of this series.
Antetokounmpo is averaging 26 points, 11 rebounds and 9.5 assists after his first two games, but he has had someone to face him all the way. He shoots 38.5% from the field, 1–6 (16.7%) on 3 pointers and 55% at the free-throw line while making 5.5 passes per game. It’s as if he’s been covered by any team throughout the season.
“You have to recognize their defenders,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after Game 2. “But Giannis, he always figured things out.”
Whether Antetokounmpo can find the Celtics’ stuffy defense will be key for the rest of the series.
Antetokounmpo’s defense strategy has remained the same for many years: increase his stamina, create a wall around the perimeter, force him to shoot jumps, and send help as he goes around the basket.
The Celtics may have the personnel to deal with it.
Tim Legler breaks down the status of the Grizzlies-Warriors playoff series after Memphis’ Game 2 win.
Antetokounmpo didn’t go into detail after Game 2 of how the Celtics had let him down, but the Bucks had three days before Game 3 to figure out how to make things easier for their best player.
No team has been able to successfully slow Antetokounmpo for long since the start of last season’s playoffs, when the Bucks claimed their first championship in 50 years. Milwaukee fell 0-2 in two different series in their title match – against the Brooklyn Nets in the second round and against the Suns in the Finals – before regrouping for the win as Antetokounmpo grew increasingly dominant. more so when that series took place.
The Bucks don’t see themselves in a big hole this year. They were able to snatch the home advantage in the 1st half despite Antetokounmpo’s poorer shooting performance thanks to his playing ability. However, the Bucks will almost certainly demand more from Antetokounmpo to win this series.
That will require tackling one of his toughest challenges. The Celtics are #1 in the league in terms of defensive effectiveness and nullification Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets in the first round.
If the Bucks find a way to advance in this series despite the miss Kris Middleton and make another run towards the championship, Antetokounmpo’s performance could land him in a ranked company.
So far, the Celtics have had something to say about that.
– Jamal Collier