Anyone else surprised by the total failure of some teams to bring their ‘A’ game to the finals? Not talking about Atlanta – no-one expected them to do much against Boston – but teams like Houston & Dallas are really, really behind the 8-ball…
In today’s action:
- Detroit held sway in game 2, easily accounting for Philadelphia (c’mon… did anyone really expect the 76ers to repeat game 1?) 105-88. The 76ers struggled mightily… AI mark II shot 1-9, scoring a measly 4 points.
The Pistons had four guys score in double figures, and the minutes were well-spread around – even Jarvis Hayes getting nearly 10 minutes of court-time.
As Iguodala said: “…Those are the Detroit Pistons that we expect to see.” You & me both Andre.
- Boston did the expected, defeating Atlanta 96-77.
It’s tough for the Hawks, but they have to just look at this as ‘experience’, and be happy that they made the playoffs. They could perhaps have troubled a few teams if they’d finished with a higher seeding… but not these Celtics.
Those that doubted the ability of Rajon Rondo – want fries with that foot? Guy has thoroughly out-played the much-touted Mike Bibby thus far, hasn’t even been close.
Some will decry this series as being nothing, and meaning nothing – but it’s ‘playoff experience’ none-the-less, and will count when it gets to tougher opposition.
- Kobe goes off for 49 & the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107… but before the hate starts, worth noting he got a double/double with 10 assists (and shot 18-27 including 5-9 at the 3).
Early on, it seemed the only Laker who could hit his shots was Bryant, in the first half most of the Lakers were shooting around 30%, except Kobe who was up around 80%.
It got better, and Gasol ended up with 18, as did Luke Walton.
The Nuggets lead at one point early in the third, but really had no answer for Kobe. When he decided to take over, it almost seemed arbitrary.
For the Nuggets, Iverson was hot – hitting 31, and ‘Melo added 23… but neither seemed to be able to assert themselves on the game for a continued effort.
A nice touch at the end to put in Coby-for-Kobe… first time in NBA history that a father (George) has coached against his son (Coby)…
- Orlando at Toronto – Rap-pack at home… can they stop the Dwightmare?
- Cleveland at Washington – The Wiz sang a good song prior to the series, but have since fallen out of tune. Can they get back in harmony at home?
- Houston at Utah – Warm up those brooms folks (only 2 games – both in Utah – to go prior to the post-season’s first sweep)… I’m sure come 4th quarter, the disparity in scores will be such that it doesn’t matter if Kobe Lite T-Mac’s too tired to be able to do much.