I don’t know who scheduled the games today, but I have a bone to pick with them. Game 3 between my Celtics and the Hawks is sandwiched between the other two games, meaning I’ll miss the end of the Cavs/Pistons game, and the beginning of the Spurs/Grizzlies. Some of us are trying to watch every single Playoff game, which is a damn near unattainable goal to begin with. I don’t like this one bit, but I’m going to have to move forward through this adversity, because that’s what the Playoffs are all about.
Leading off the night is Game 3 between the Cavs and the Pistons, a series which has gotten a bit hilarious thanks to Pistons 19-year old rookie Stanley Johnson. He’s been tasked with covering LeBron, and he’s called him out, saying that LeBron only talks trash once they’ve got a big lead, and that he’s definitely in LeBron’s head. This came after LeBron scored 28 points on 12-18 shooting. It’s great to see the youngster with so much confidence, but on the other hand, the last thing you want to do is fire up LeBron. It’ll be interesting to see if James comes out and goes after the kid, at least for the first half of the game, because at eight o’clock I’m switching over to…
…Game 3 between the Celtics and Hawks, and trust me, I will remember to put it on CSNNE first. Loyal readers, if there are any, will remember the other night when I started the game on TNT, and the Celtics got off to a miserable start. After I started watching the game on CSNNE, they were even with the Hawks. Word just came in that the Celtics are going with a different starting lineup tonight, with Evan Turner and Jonas Jerebko replacing Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger. Hopefully it pays off because the Celtics really need a win.
Once that game ends, it’s Game 3 between the Spurs and Grizzlies. This has easily been the most lopsided series in a lopsided Playoffs, with the Grizzlies scoring 74 and 68 points in Games 1 & 2. The one good thing about the Celtics/Hawks game bleeding into this one is it’ll save me from watching half of the carnage.
7:00 pm – It’s time for Game 3 between the Cavs and Pistons! The series now shifts to Detroit, and we’ll see if the Pistons, who have been able to be fairly competitive in this series, can get a boost from their home fans. After a week on TNT, we’re back on ESPN, so our narrators are Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. I’m hoping Van Gundy and Jackson get head coaching jobs over the off season. Somebody, please hire them!
7:08 – All right, we’re live at the Palace of Auburn Hills for Game 3 between the Pistons and Cavs! Once again, I’m switching over to the Celtics game at 8:00. What a terrible schedule tonight. Anyway, the topic of discussion right off the bat is Stanley Johnson, who apparently got a good ol’ fashioned talking-to from coach Stan Van Gundy about shooting his mouth off about LeBron. It’ll be fun to see if anything interesting happens between him and James tonight.
7:10 – The Pistons win the opening tip, and Game 3 is underway!
7:11 – Andre Drummond gets the first basket of the ball game with a hook shot to put the Pistons up 2-0. LeBron answers by storming through the paint for a dunk to tie us at two.
— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2016
7:18 – Markieff Morris sighting in the stands! He’s here cheering on his twin brother Marcus and the Pistons.
7:21 – We’ve got a time out with the score Detroit 17, Cleveland 13 with 5:01 left in the first quarter after a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope layup. Mark Jackson just said that the Cavs defense got “blitzed by The Pope!” I miss TNT.
7:26 – We’ve got a flagrant foul review after LeBron gets bonked on the head by Marcus Morris while going for a layup. Looks like Morris was just trying to take a swipe at the ball, and accidentally caught LeBron on the dome. The refs agree, and it’s called a common foul.
7:29 – Another time out with the score Detroit 21, Cleveland 20 with 2:27 left in the first quarter. It’s been a solid start to this one.
7:37 – The first quarter comes to an end with the score Detroit 27, Cleveland 24. With the exception of the second half of Game 2, the Pistons have done a good job hanging with the Cavs. Hopefully with their home fans cheering them on they can avoid letting the Cavs run away from them in the second half.
7:42 – After he steals the ball, Iman Shumpert gets an open shot at a three from the corner, and he knocks it down to tie us at 27 with the first points of the second quarter. Stanley Johnson is into the game now for the Pistons, and the fans give him an extra wave of cheers whenever he touches the ball.
7:46 – Time for a time out with the score Cleveland 33, Detroit 31 with 8:51 left until halftime. Nothing out of the ordinary seems to be going on between LeBron and Stanley Johnson early on in their matchup tonight.
7:51 – The Cavs take a time out with the score Detroit 38, Cleveland 35 with 6:46 left in the first half. The Pistons continue to do a great job remaining calm and collected against the best team in the East. I’m a little bummed out that I’ll be missing the bulk of this game, but hometown loyalties do take precedence in this situation.
7:57 – Up 41-40, the Cavs employ some intentional fouling to get Andre Drummond, the worst free throw shooter in NBA history, to the line. Drummond goes 1-2 to tie the game at 41.
8:00 – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope knocks down a three to put the Pistons up 44-43, but I’m afraid it’s time to switch over to CSNNE for Game 3 between the Celtics and the Hawks.
We’re live in Boston for Game 3! The Celtics are in need of a win after a tough loss in Game 1, and a horrible performance in Game 2. They’ll be without Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk once again tonight, and as I mentioned before, they’ve changed the starting lineup as Evan Turner and Jonas Jerebko are replacing Marcus Smart and Jared Sullinger. Mike Gorman and Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn will be our narrators.
8:10 – The Celtics fans are already on their feet and wearing nothing but green. Much to their delight, the Celtics win the opening tip and we’re underway at The Garden! Isaiah Thomas misses a three, but Jonas Jerebko comes flying in to slam it home! The Celtics score first for a 2-0 lead.
That’s how you start a game! Jonas Jerebko flushes one home to get the TD Garden crowd on its feet: pic.twitter.com/REJWfOj3bA
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 23, 2016
8:11 – Paul Millsap gets an easy layup under the hoop, and we’re tied at two.
8:13 – Over in Detroit, it’s Cavaliers 54, Pistons 53 at halftime. There’s been 17 lead changes in that one already.
8:14 – Our first “BULLSHIT!” chant of the Playoffs can be heard, unsurprisingly at the TD Garden. The fans are upset after what they deem to be a lousy offensive foul call against Amir Johnson.
8:16 – The Celtics, and their fans, are all sorts of riled up to begin the game! It’s Boston 15, Atlanta 6 with 8:14 left in the first quarter! The Celtics have responded well to the extra energy provided by their rowdy fans, and the fact that I started the game on CSNNE like I was supposed to.
8:22 – I do not appreciate this tweet from the Hawks…
Thought we’d spot them a few tonight…
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 23, 2016
8:26 – Jae Crowder gets a steal and goes all the way for a layup, and Jeff Teague fouls him hard! Just a solid Playoff foul, but Crowder gets up and has some words for him! It incites a rousing “LET’S GO CELTICS!” chant from the fans! Tommy Heinsohn thinks it’s a flagrant foul, which is surprising since he comes from an era where Celtics coach Red Auerbach got into a fist fight with the owner of the Syracuse Nationals before a game.
8:32 – We have another time out, and the Celtics and their fans, and myself, are “turnt up” as the kids say these days. With 2:31 left in the first quarter, it’s Boston 29, Atlanta 14. Isaiah Thomas, who has had a hard time getting his offense going in the first two games, has 14 points already. Meanwhile, the Hawks are shooting just 26.7% from the floor, which is only fueling the energy that’s pulsating through the crowd.
8:36 – FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
Atlanta’s Dennis Schroeder comes over and pushes Isaiah Thomas to the ground! Jared Sullinger has to yank Thomas all the way over to the sideline to calm him down. They’ve been going at it against each other ever since Schroeder came into the game, and Isaiah did hit Dennis in the face a little bit ago. Both of them get hit with a technical foul in what’s becoming an increasingly intense game!
8:41 – Celtics fans are on their feet here at the end of the first quarter with the score Boston 37, Atlanta 20! Isaiah Thomas has 16 points to lead the way as the C’s have found their offense in a big way. I also have to say, I’m a big fan of this starting lineup with Jerebko and Turner. Jerebko has especially taken advantage of the starting opportunity, with 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a lot of energy. As for the Hawks…
We’ve had better quarters… pic.twitter.com/TZOO4n4Ov6
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 23, 2016
Thanks for spotting the Celtics all those points, guys!
8:45 – Mike Gorman tells us that the last time the Celtics dropped 37 points in a Playoff first quarter, it was 1990. I was three, and Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish were walking through that door.
8:46 – The Hawks turn the ball over, and rookie RJ Hunter takes the ball the length of the court for a layup! It gives the Celtics the first points of the second quarter, and extends their lead to 39-20.
8:48 – Oh man, we’re at the point where there’s a lot of players crashing into each other and hitting the floor, and each time, they get into each other’s faces as the refs rush to get in between them! This time, it was Jonas Jerebko and Al Horford who briefly exchanged words. This is the sort of hatred I love to see in the Playoffs!
8:51 – Dennis Schroeder has reached the point where every time he touches the ball, he receives a chorus of boos from the fans. In other news, we’ve got a time out with the score Boston 42, Atlanta 27 with 8:18 left in what’s been a feisty first half.
8:53 – Over in Detroit, they’ve made it to the end of the third quarter with the score Cavaliers 79, Pistons 73. LeBron has 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists as the Cavs appear to have put a little distance between them and the Pistons. Does Detroit have a fourth quarter rally in them? WHO CARES! I’m busy watching this awesome Celtics game!
8:58 – We’ve got a time out as the Hawks are showing signs of life. It’s Boston 49, Atlanta 35 with 5:54 left until halftime.
9:06 – After the Hawks got the Celtics lead down to ten, Isaiah Thomas gets to the bucket for a layup, plus he’s fouled! We have to wait for his free throw, however, because we’ve got a time out with the score Boston 53, Atlanta 41 with 2:08 left in the first half.
Isaiah Thomas can’t be stopped! Here’s two of his 19 first-half points (so far): pic.twitter.com/xKSMcJxOBQ
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 23, 2016
9:07 – Of course since this is the Celtics and the Hawks, we get a flashback to Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals for old footage of the famous Larry Bird/Dominique Wilkins duel. Wilkins is actually in the house as a color commentator for the Hawks broadcast. The Atlanta legend actually spent one season with the Celtics. I was in second grade, and the C’s went 35-47, but somehow made the Playoffs. What a time it was to be alive.
9:13 – A fantastic first half comes to an end with the score Boston 57, Atlanta 45. It’s been a really intense game, with bodies flying and players from both teams not backing down. The crowd has been nuts as well, and it’s clear that the Celtics are feeding off that energy. Isaiah Thomas leads the C’s with 19 points. Kent Bazemore, Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder all have ten points to lead the Hawks, who were able to peck away at the Celtics lead, but still trail by twelve. Hopefully the all this energy carries over into the second half, because this has been one of the more intensely played games of the Playoffs so far. Also, it’s time for another lame tweet from the Hawks…
It could be worse, right?
(Tell us it could be worse.) pic.twitter.com/cg3fWyiIvF
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 23, 2016
9:18 – It’s halftime, so that means another exciting episode of Today in NBA Playoff History! As always, thanks to the savants over at Basketball-Reference for housing all of basketball’s historical documents…
All the way back on April 22, 1947, what is considered to be the first NBA championship was won by the Philadelphia Warriors when they defeated the Chicago Stags, 83-80, in Game 5 of the Finals. The last three games were decided by three points, one point, and three points, respectively. Joe Fulks, the league’s best scorer in those days, led the Warriors with 34 points as they came away with the league’s first title.
9:30 – Evan Turner gets a steal, goes in for a layup, and it’s goaltended! It’s the first points of the second half, and it puts the Celtics up, 59-45.
9:31 – The Celtics have scored the first seven points of the second half, and the Hawks need a time out with the score Boston 64, Atlanta 45 with 10:49 left in the third quarter!
9:33 – Bill Belichick sighting! The coach of the Patriots is sitting in a suite and taking in the action.
9:38 – The Hawks are on a 12-0 run, and the Celtics need a time out with the score now Boston 64, Atlanta 57 with an even eight minutes left in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the game has ended out in Detroit, with a final score of Cavaliers 101, Pistons 91. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love all had big games for Cleveland, and they now hold a 3-0 lead over Detroit.
9:49 – Dennis Schroeder, who has his number 17 bleached into his hair on the back of his head, gets fouled on his way to the hoop, and we have another flagrant foul review, as Schroeder seemed to get hit in the face a little bit on his way up by Jared Sullinger. It is indeed called a flagrant, and Schroeder hits one of two free throws, and the Hawks trail 76-68.
9:53 – Jared Sullinger pump fakes under the hoop, then goes up with it, and he gets hit across the face, and we’ve got another flagrant review. The fans start chanting, “FLAGRANT!”, and it does indeed turn out to be one. Unlike Schroeder, Sullinger hits both free throws, and the C’s go up 78-71. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard a “FLAGRANT!” chant.
9:57 – Dennis Schroeder hits a jumper, and the Celtcs lead is all the way down to three after an 11-2 run from the Hawks to make the score 78-75.
9:58 – Schroder gets a layup, plus he’s fouled. He hits the free throw, and this one’s tied at 78. He’s rapidly becoming a villain in Boston.
10:00 – Jonas Jerebko picks a loose ball off the floor and flips it into the hoop to beat the third quarter buzzer! It’s Boston 80, Atlanta 78 heading into the fourth quarter! It’s been a really physical and intense game, and it’s about to get even more fierce with both teams looking to come away with an important win. Also, to be fair, here’s what the Hawks Twitter has to say, and I can’t even be snarky about it…
Don’t look now, but… pic.twitter.com/ElppguhjAB
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 23, 2016
10:04 – Aww man, they reviewed an earlier Isaiah Thomas three, and ruled that it was a two pointer, so it’s now Celtics 79, Hawks 78. Amir Johnson hits a little hook shot to kick off the fourth quarter, so make it Celtics 81, Hawks 78.
10:05 – Dennis Schroder gets a layup, and it’s a one point game with the hawks behind 81-80.
10:06 – Marcus Smart pulls up and hits a three! It puts the Celtics up 84-80, but Kyle Korver comes back with a three of his own, cutting the C’s lead to 84-83.
10:07 – Evan Turner turns the ball over, and none other than Dennis Schroder takes it all the way in for a layup, and the hawks have the lead at 85-84. The Celtics take a time out, down one, with 9:13 left in the game.
10:08 – That other game is underway, and after one quarter, it’s Spurs 26, Grizzlies 18. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each have seven points to lead San Antonio.
10:10 – Jonas Jerebko takes it through the paint to the hoop for a layup, and the Celtics go back ahead, 86-85.
10:13 – We’re having another damn review after Dennis Schroder fouls Isaiah Thomas after falling for a pump fake. Thomas walks away with a confident smile on his face. It’s yet another flagrant foul, and Isaiah will head to the line, and the Celtics will keep the ball.
10:14 – Isaiah hits one of two free throws, and the Celtics lead is 87-85.
10:15 – Evan Turner makes a nice pass to Amir Johnson along the baseline for a hoop, and the C’s go up 89-85. However, Kyle Korver nails a three, plus he’s fouled, and he’ll have a chance to tie the game with a four point play.
10:16 – Korver hits the free throw, but Mike Scott, who has emojis tattooed all over him, commits a lane violation, and the free throw doesn’t count. Amir Johnson gets another layup, and Korver gets another three, and we’re tied at 91.
10:17 – Marcus Smart hits another three! Boston goes up 94-91, but Mike Scott answers back with another three, and we’re tied back up at 94. Isaiah Thomas then goes down the baseline for a layup, and Jeff Teague gets into the paint for a basket of his own, and it stays tied at 96.
10:18 – Evan Turner gets a shot to bounce in, plus he’s fouled! He knocks down his free throw, and the Celtics go up 99-96 as the fans rise to their feet.
10:19 – Jeff Teague scoops in a shot, cutting the C’s lead down to one at 99-98.
10:20 – After Isaiah Thomas is fouled going for a layup, we have a time out, and a chance for me to catch my breath, with the score still Boston 99, Atlanta 98 with 5:56 left in the game.
10:23 – Isaiah hits his two free throws, and the Celtics go up, 101-98. Thomas has 36 points.
10:24 – Evan Turner gets under the hoop, pump fakes, draws a foul and gets a layup! He hits his free throw, and the Celtics have their lead up to 104-98.
Evan Turner 💪 pic.twitter.com/biYXAxvxdO
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 23, 2016
10:29 – We have a time out with the score Boston 105, Atlanta 100 with 2:56 left in the ball game. The Celtics are starting to clamp down on defense now, making the Hawks miss shots to protect their lead. The crowd also continues to be awesome, and they’ve been on their feet for a lot of the fourth quarter.
10:34 – Isaiah Thomas knocks down a three, and he’s got 40 points on the night! It puts the Celtics up 108-101 with under two minutes remaining in the game! The 40 points is a new career high for Isaiah.
10:36 – We’re gonna have a time out with 48.2 seconds left and the score Celtics 108, Hawks 103. I have to say, the refs have been terrible in this game, and both teams have legitimate gripes. Even Celtics GM Danny Ainge was seen screaming at a ref from the stands. Anyway, the Hawks will have the ball when we come back.
10:38 – Isaiah Thomas steals a pass along the baseline, and he’s fouled! He’s played just a hell of a ball game here tonight. He hits both free throws to get himself up to 42 points, but more importantly get the Celtics up to a 110-103 lead with 42.9 seconds to go!
10:44 – This one comes to an end with the score Boston 111, Atlanta 103! Isaiah Thomas had a monster game, dropping 42 points on 12-24 shooting, and 13-15 free throw shooting. Jonas Jerebko, inserted into the starting lineup, contributed with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jeff Teague had 23 points and 5 assists to lead the Hawks, Kent Bazemore had 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder came off the bench to irritate the Celtics and score 20.
That was easily the best game of the Playoffs so far. The shorthanded Celtics came through with a huge win, with help from their incredible crowd, who turned up to help fuel their team to victory. It was just what the doctor ordered for this First Round, as we finally got a gritty, intense, chippy, good old fashioned Playoff game.
10:49 – Let’s head back to ESPN where San Antonio and Memphis are at halftime. The score’s Spurs 44, Grizzlies 43. Seems like being back on their home floor is helping out Memphis as well, after two horrendous losses to start this series. Kawhi Leonard has 14 points to lead the Spurs, and Zach Randolph has 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
10:52 – Do we have time for another episode of Today in NBA Playoff History? I think we do!
Let’s stick with the Celtics and go back to April 22, 2011 to find Rajon Rondo going for 15 points, 11 rebounds and 20 assists in a 113-96 victory over the Knicks in Game 3 of the First Round. I remember where I was for this game: over at Carlin’s in beautiful Downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, watching the game and drinking beer with my buddy Brendan. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen benefited from all those Rondo assists, going for 38 and 32 points, respectively.
10:58 – As we come back to Memphis for the second half between the Spurs and the Grizzlies, they show footage of the famous Rendezvous BBQ in downtown Memphis! It’s another place that me and my buddy Brendan have found ourselves drinking beers. It’s been a big couple of minutes for random Brendan memories.
10:59 – Tony Parker kicks off the second half with a jumper, putting the Spurs up 46-43. Matt Barnes answers with a deep three, tying the game at 46.
11:00 – LaMarcus Aldridge falls away to hit a jumper, and the Spurs take a 48-46 lead.
11:01 – Vince Carter cans a three, and the Grizzlies take a one point lead at 49-48.
11:02 – Tony Allen knocks down a pair of free throws, and the Grizzlies take a 51-48 lead. It’s their largest lead of the series.
11:04 – Manu Ginobili hits a three, and this one’s tied at 51.
11:05 – Danny Green knocks down his own three, and the Spurs go up, 54-51.
11:06 – Zach Randolph retrieves a blocked shot and puts it in the hoop, and the Grizzlies deficit is now 54-53.
11:07 – LaMarcus Aldridge goes 1-2 from the line, and the Spurs extend their lead up to 55-53.
11:09 – Zach Randolph works his way to a little hook shot in the paint, and we’re tied up at 55.
11:10 – Danny Green finishes off a fast break for the Spurs with a layup, and the Grizzlies call a time out with the score San Antonio 57, Memphis 55 with 5:09 left in the third. The crowd down in Memphis seems quite quiet, but their team’s hanging in there. It’s sort of a let down after that great Boston crowd, who played a key role in that game. If only the Grizzlies fans could make a little noise, they could inspire their team to eke out a victory.
11:13 – Vince Carter ties us at 57 with a couple of free throws.
11:14 – Kawhi Leonard hits a three, and the Spurs take a 60-57 lead, but Vince Carter fights his way to the hoop for a layup, and the Grizzlies trail 60-59.
11:15 – Zach Randolph forces his way to the hoop for a layup, and Memphis takes a one point lead at 61-60.
11:16 – Kawhi Leonard answers with a shot under the hoop, and the Spurs go ahead, 62-61. Kyle Anderson follows it up by taking it to the hoop for a layup, and foul! He misses his free throw, and the Spurs lead is 64-61.
11:17 – Heather Cox comes in and tells us that the Spurs Kevin Martin is out for the rest of the night with an illness. Meanwhile, Zach Randolph gets another basket and San Antonio calls a time out with the score Spurs 64, Grizzlies 63 with 2:38 left in the third. Despite this being a close game, and a must win for the home team, it somehow has none of the excitement of the Celtics/Hawks game, and I swear I’m not just saying that because I’m a biased jerk from Massachusetts.
11:20 – Boris Diaw hits a jumper in the paint, extending the Spurs lead to 66-63.
11:21 – Matt Barnes fights his way through the paint, gets a bucket, and gets fouled! He misses the free throw, and the Grizzlies trail 66-65.
— NBA (@NBA) April 23, 2016
11:23 – Barnes taps in a lob from JaMychal Green and the Grizzlies take the lead at 67-66!
11:24 – JaMychal Green gets a basket, and the Grizzlies are up 69-66. He follows that up by committing a goaltend on the other end of the floor, and it’s a one point game with Memphis ahead 69-68.
11:25 – Green hits a jumper, but Patty Mills fakes a hand off to Kawhi Leonard, and explodes to the hoop for a basket, bringing an end to the third quarter with the score Memphis 71, San Antonio 70. Do the Grizzlies have what it takes to grab a win here tonight, or will they fall into the dreaded 0-3 hole?
11:27 – By the way, our narrators for this game: Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown, by far the best announcing team ESPN has to offer.
11:29 – JaMychal Green finishes off a lob from Xavier Munford, and the Grizzlies strike first in the fourth quarter. Kawhi Leonard answers with a jumper, and Memphis leads, 73-72.
11:30 – Now we have a time out with the score still Memphis 73, San Antonio 72 with 11:03 left in the game. The Grizzlies seem like they’re using every ounce of effort they have to fight for some of the baskets their getting. Will it be enough?
11:36 – Boris Diaw beats the shot clock with a turnaround, and the Spurs regain the lead at 74-73.
11:37 – Kawhi Leonard hits a three from the corner, and the Spurs go up 77-73.
11:38 – Kyle Anderson sneaks behind the Grizzlies defense, and Boris Diaw finds him with a football pass. It leads to an easy dunk, and a time out for the Grizzlies with the score San Antonio 79, Memphis 73 with 8:07 left in the game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 23, 2016
11:47 – Tony Allen misses a three, Zach Randolph misses a tip in, but Matt Barnes is there for one last tip, and it goes into the hoop. The Grizzlies are back to within two, trailing 83-81.
11:49 – Tony Allen gets hit with a three second violation, and Kawhi Leonard hits the free throw, extending the Spurs lead to 84-81. Not the time for three second violations, Tony!
11:50 – Danny Green knocks down a three, and the Spurs lead is back up to six at 87-81.
11:51 – We’ve got a time out with 2:59 left in the game and the score San Antonio 89, Memphis 81. This could be it for the Grizzlies if they can’t find a way to score some points here. No NBA team has ever come back from the 0-3 series deficit that Memphis will face if they lose.
11:58 – Kawhi Leonard gets a friendly bounce on a three, and the Spurs are up 96-87 late in the fourth quarter! That might be it for Memphis as we go under a minute left in this one. Kawhi’s up to 32 points.
12:00 am – This one comes to an end with the final score San Antonio 96, Memphis 87. The Grizzlies battled hard, but they just couldn’t overcome the mighty Spurs, and they now trail 3-0 for the series. Kawhi Leonard had a great game for San Antonio, finishing with 32 points on 11-22 shooting and 6-9 from downtown, to go along with 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 blocks. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs are one win away from punching their ticket to the second round. Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes did all they could to keep Memphis in this one, with Randolph finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Barnes ending the night with 17 and 11.
Things are starting to heat up in the Playoffs, and we had our most competitive night thus far. That said, two of the series still went to 3-0, while the Celtics got into their series with a great home win. Now we head into another busy weekend for the Playoffs, and for me! I have two parties I have to go to tomorrow, which will take a toll on my basketball watching, but don’t worry, I’ll still find a way to post something. Whether or not you think that’s good news might be a different story.