2016 NBA PlayOffs: Day 3, April 18

It’s Day 3. There were some notables — and laughables!

PACERS 87, RAPTORS 98 Series Tied 1-1 

Raptors' Valanciunas Pacers' matchup could be Jordan Hill
Raptors’ Valanciunas Pacers’ matchup could be Jordan Hill

After 2 games, both DeRozan and Lowry continued to shoot 27 percent from the floor making DeRozan end up as a cheerleader in Game 2. It’s no longer the regular season where he could just roam around freely, in the PlayOffs he’s evidently too small and simply lacks the skills of a Kobe or Curry thus it’s easier to contain him. But thanks to Valanciunas, the Raptors won Game 2. Then again, the notable should be Cory Joseph as he has been playing superb (17ppg in 2 games, 11-14 FG 78.6%) for the Raptors in place of DeRozan and Lowry who only had 18 in Game 2 because of his free throws.

If the Pacers are wondering how to slow down Jonas Valanciunas then they might as well look at their bench. Hey, Frank Vogel doesn’t really use Jordan Hill who is their most talented and experienced big to matchup against Valanciunas, that’s why he’s produced more.

ROCKETS 106, WARRIORS 115 GSW Leads 2-0 

Iguodala and Livingston provided that spark for GSW
Iguodala and Livingston provided that spark for GSW

Well, the Warriors may have won without Steph Curry on the lineup but that’s just one game. Try doing it for the whole series, let’s see what would happen. Though for Game 2, the versatility of Livingston and Iguodala are what really did it for the Warriors. Indeed, they got a deep team that only San Antonio can match.

Problem with the Rockets? Assists and turnovers. Rockets 21 assists, 19 turnovers. Warriors 27, 12 turnovers. They just don’t play good team ball as their opponents do, that’s why they were not making as many shots as the Warriors.

Hmm… At least there was something we could laugh about when Patrick Beverley tried to block a free throw attempt of Thompson. Whooh, Beverley is such a character! Game 1 with Curry. Then Game 2 with Thompson. Hah!

MAVS 85, THUNDER 84 Series Tied 1-1 

Counted? Steven Adams should have just tipped it.

Should Steven Adams shot have counted? Nah. Clearly, the ball was still at the tip of his fingers when the buzzer sounded. Key here were the struggles of Durant and the good game of Felton. And so, Nowitzki got the help he needed as 4 of them scored in double figures led by Felton with 21 — who nearly turned into a goat after missing 2 free throws in the end game.

Still, while the Thunder shot poorly at 33.7 percent, the Mavs only made 4 more shots compared to the Thunder as they were out-rebounded 45-54. Anyway, the score would have been a little farther though if only the Mavs made more of their free throws.

Yep, not so much of a notable for Felton and Williams as they played well only in Game 2. So, the Thunder are still the favored team. But what we have here is a laughable!

Hah! Charlie Villanueva of the Mavs trying to interrupt the dancing of OKCs Russell Westbrook. Enjoy the PlayOffs!


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