Cleaning up a few Game 2s in the Association…
Top DOG of the Night: Jonas Valanciunas (23 points, 15 rebounds)
Quick Recap: JV was doing his stuff tonight – he set the tone inside the lane (TOR outscored Indy 46-30 in the paint) as the Raptors evened things up at a game apiece. The Pacers just didn’t execute well defensively and did not support another high-scoring game from Paul George (28 points).
Takeaway: The air is out of the balloon for Indy, though returning home to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse has the outside chance to temporarily boost role players & influence key calls in the clutch.
Featuring George in a point-forward role is probably the way to go, as Indy’s other primary playmakers aren’t getting it done.
Series tied, 1-1.
Top DOG of the Night: RAYMOND “MACY’S EVENT” FELTON (21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists)
Quick Recap: OKC blew yet another 4th-quarter lead as RAYMOND FELTON & the Mavericks pull off a Game 2 upset. Riding a gutsy performance from Deron Williams (13 & 5 through a sports hernia) and receiving key contributions from Dirk Nowitzki, Salah Mejri & Ray Felt, Dallas finds itself will a ton of momentum heading into a crucial Game 3.
Takeaway: Steven Adams was this close to winning the game.
That should be an encouraging sign, right? Ya know, considering Kevin Durant shot 7 FOR 33!
Top DOG of the Night: Draymond Green (12 points, 14 rebounds, 8 rebounds)
Quick Recap: No Steph Curry, no problem. Draymond Green almost messed around and got a triple-double, Klay Thompson reigned treys all night and a couple Salty DOGs (Shaun Livingston & Andre Iguodala – combined for 34) did what they do best: defend their position & make plays.
Takeaway: The Rox lack heart, plain and simple. Though the score was never too out of hand, you never felt like they were gonna win. Continuing to play with such a nonchalant disposition on defense (allowed 49% from the field, GS talled 27 assists on 40 FGs) is unacceptable at this stage of the year.