The semifinals’ matchups have actually just completed their second games save for the Warriors-Jazz series which is still in its Game 2 as of this writing.
While there are teams that may be rusty or feeling the jitters in their first game, it actually tells a lot of what is to come in their matchups. This is why X factors become even more important after a loss, and eventually for teams to turn the tide in their favor for the rest of the series. CLICK HERE for ’em semis’ X factors.
Now, let’s check out the first games of the four semifinal pairings.
EAST: WAS 111, BOS 123
In the first game between the Wizards and the Celtics, we saw the C’s sink 19 threes en route to a Game 1 thrashing of the Wizards.
EAST: TOR 105, CLE 116
The Cavaliers showed no rust in their first game back after a long lay off instead we saw a familiar, jittery Toronto Raptors team.
WEST: HOU 126, SAS 99
With 22 made threes, how could the Rockets lose? What was surprising though was the kind of effort the Spurs displayed.
WEST: UTA 94, GSW 106
This game was more than just the Warriors’ fabulous 4, we all know how explosive they could be — ey, the Jazz was simply star-struck!
Bottom line: If you can’t get back to your strengths and utilize ’em X factors, it could be time to plan your vacation and go fishing!