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April 21, 2008
by Robbie Gillies
Cavaliers 93 Wizards 86
LeBron/DeShawn "Rivalry" - I think LeBron is right about his comparing himself to Jay-Z and DeShawn Stevenson to Soulja Boy. LeBron can do this. He went 12 for 19 for 32 points and even mocked DeShawn’s signature ‘I can’t feel my face’. But, maybe with the support of Soulja Boy in game three, DeShawn can have redemption.
Not All LeBron - Zydrunas Ilgauskas poured in 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. I believe I mentioned him as the most underrated player (points for me). Also, seem pretty right-on about Ben Wallace and Wally Szczerbiak being the most overpaid players. Wallace had 6 rebounds and was 0 for 2 from the line. Wally was 1 for 6 from behind the arc.
Spurs 117 Suns 115 Double OT
There were more flops in San Antonio than in Vegas on Saturday (who am I, Jay Leno?). Makes sense since they're the two oldest teams in the playoffs - crafty veterans.
Timmy! - The Suns played a great game, but the Spurs played a slightly better one. Tim Duncan was simply amazing. He picked a pretty good time to hit his first three-pointer of the season. After he hit it ABC showed a shot of Mike D'Antoni who simply shook his head. He would give him that look any day of the week.
This series could go down as the best first round matchup ever.
Hornets 104 Mavericks 92
CP3 For MVP - Do you need any more examples why Chris Paul should be MVP? I know the postseason doesn't count towards MVP voting, but that was one of the best playoff debuts ever. He went 15 for 23 for 35 points, had 10 assists, 4 steals, and just 1 turnover. He torched Jason Kidd and the entire Mavericks team.
Jazz 93 Rockets 82
The Sleepy Eyed Assassin Could Use A Nap - Sorry T-Mac, good chance this isn't going to be your year (again). McGrady went 7 for 21 for just 20 points. He's going to have to play unbelievable for the Rockets to stand a chance. The Rockets shot just 6 for 21 from beyond the arc and shot only 62% from the free throw line.
Magic 114 Raptors 100
"They're Heating Up!" - The Magic were on fire in the 1st quarter (not literally, unlike the Nuggets bus). They hit 9 of 11 three-pointers and scored a 43 points. Then, Dwight Howard dominated to the tune of 25 points, 22 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
Say It Ain't So Rasho - What has happened in the world? Rasho Nesterovic has turned into an above average basketball player. My apologies - I called him the most overpaid player in this series, but turns out he has been playing very well recently. He shot 8 for 15 and had 8 boards. Of course, he couldn't help shut down Howard, but who can?
Fave Five - The Magic's entire starting five were in double figures and Rashard Lewis was the only starter to shoot under 50% from the field.
The Magic have been overlooked the entire season. It's time they start to get some respect.
Lakers 128 Nuggets 114
Lakers' fan were prepared for Carmelo. They chanted DUI when he was at the line. Apparently, Carmelo couldn't stay in the lane while driving in Denver when he was pulled over, and the entire Nuggets team couldn't stay in the lane last night.
All Pau (That would be catchier if his name was Paul) - Gasol had 36 points on 14 for 20 shooting. And by shooting, I mean lay-ups and dunks. Gasol also had 16 rebounds and 8 assists. I'm surprised Lakers' fans didn't start cheering him for MVP. He's what has really turned this team around.
Line Of The Night - George Karl is going to take his team home in between games one and two and Charles Barkley quipped, they'll be headed back to Enver cause there's no 'D'. The Nuggets need to get a bigger line out there to contend with Gasol. Kleiza gave them a nice lift off the bench and would be a physical upgrade if they could work him in more often.
Pistons 86 Sixers 90
Rusty Pistons - Pistons were held to 39% shooting with only Jason Maxiel shooting over 50%. I get the feeling this team is a little too cocky and not very focused. You think?
Difference Maker - Andre Miller had an amazing 4th quarter and sparked the 76ers rally. The 76ers were down 70-63 heading into the fourth. That's when Miller scored 11 of his 20 points in the first six minutes of the fourth to give them the lead 78-77.
Celtics 104 Hawks 81
Did you expect anything else? The Celtics defense played amazing and their offense was consistent and evenly distributed. Allen, KG, and Pierce are all hungry for a championship and aren't going to fool around like the Pistons.