Missed my daily playoff wrap-up yesterday – had stuff on…
Anyway, bit surprised over the Darius Songaila suspension prior to game 6 of the Wiz/Cavs series – no where near as bad as the Jason Kidd throwdown on Jannero Pargo, or the fact that Kevin Garnett pushed a referee. Or that Kendrick Perkins did exactly what Amare Stoudemire did last year… yet escapes unscathed. Just all seems a bit… inconsistent.
Anyway, the past two days:
- Detroit proved too versatile, too strong for the Orlando Magic, running out 91-73 winners. Dwight Howard’s game put a new twist on my ‘Dwightmare’ tag, only getting 8 boards and 12 points.
The Pistons hit with a balanced attack, 5 players in double figures – lead by Chauncey Billups.
Funny thing is, both Hedo Turkoglu & Rashard Lewis had pretty good games, with 18 a piece. But for Orlando to have any shot in this, Jameer Nelson has to turn up, and Dwight Howard has to be the monster he was in the first round… even then, it might not be enough – if the Pistons can concentrate for the duration of the series.
- Game 1 of the much anticipated series between the New Orleans Hornets & the San Antonio Spurs, and San Antonio just had no answer for… David West – with the Hornets winning to the tune of 101-82.
The duel between Paul & Parker I’d call a push – Paul got his assists (17pts/13asts), and Parker did his damage (23 points)… but David West had 30 points and 9 rebounds.
Tyson Chandler did a good job on Tim Duncan (who had a mere 5 points and 3 rebounds). Chandler amassed 15 rebounds, 3 blocks and 10 points. Still, New Orleans has to continue to play well – Tim Duncan’s not going to have too many nights like this.
- Boston finally closed out their series against Atlanta, winning game 7 in dominant fashion 99-65.
The one series everyone was sure would be a sweep went to 7, and although Boston managed to win the games they won with ease, it’s alarming that they were the only series that went the whole distance.
Whilst I don’t think that it was necessarily a case of the Celtics playing poorly – Atlanta stepped up – it will show a lot of teams bit of a game-plan on how to push the C’s. Still, they won in very good style to close, excellent ‘D’, and a balanced attack – the hallmark’s of Boston throughout the regular season. The series with Boston facing LeBron James should be a good one.
- Los Angeles had too much Kobe for Utah. The well-rested Lakers won 109-98, Kobe getting 38 points and 7 assists.
The sometimes-maligned Los Angeles defense managed to hold Utah to .379 shooting, but Utah did enjoy a massive rebounding differential – winning that stat 58-41.
Gasol had a double-double (18pts/10rbs), as did both Okur & Boozer (21pts/19rbs & 15/14 respectively).
Still, Utah couldn’t stop Kobe, especially in the paint – where he was oft-fouled. Kobe hit a massive 21 of 23 free throw attempts. Derek Fisher was responsible for Deron Williams having a relatively quiet game, coming up with 6 steals… Fisher gave ‘age’ as the reason he was able to get steals on D-Williams.
“When he fakes, I don’t go for it because I can’t react that fast so I end up stealing it from him.”
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- Orlando at Detroit – Dwight Howard has to bring out the Dwightmare for the Magic to have any chance of this at all…
- San Antonio at New Orleans – Tim Duncan rarely has bad consecutive games, I’m expecting this to be a much tighter contest.