“The Scoop: May 3rd Edition”

(Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
(Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Cleaning up last night’s playoff action in the Association…

GAME 1

Hawks 93, CAVS 104

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Dennis Schröder – 27 | REBS: Tristan Thompson – 14 | ASTS: LeBron James – 9

Top DOG of the Night: LeBron James (25 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds)

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Quick Recap: Despite Dennis Schröder’s playoff career-high 27 points, Cleveland pulled out a tight Game 1 victory at the Q. Atlanta hung tough all night long but failed to execute with under 3 minutes to go in the fourth.

LeBron was in top form – he scored a team-high 25 points & converted a difficult, hanging and-1 to put the Cavs up 7 with just over 2 minutes left (which was basically gg).

Takeaway: The main takeaway from Game 1 is Atlanta’s fearlessness and toughness facing Cleveland, with a lot of familiarity coming from their ECF matchup a year ago. Execution HAS to be better, however, as the Hawks did generate a single point on three straight possessions when the game was tied up at 88.

It’s on Jeff Teague/Schröder to penetrate and find a clean look for Paul Millsap, Al Horford or Kyle Korver (0-1; HE TOOK ONE SHOT IN A PLAYOFF GAME WAKE UP KYLE).

CLE leads series, 1-0.


GAME 2

THUNDER 98, Spurs 97

(Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)
(Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

Stats Leaders: 

PTS: Russell Westbrook – 29 | REBS: Steven Adams – 17 | ASTS: Westbrook – 10

Top DOG of the Night: Russell Westbrook (29 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds)

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Quick Recap:

Before we dive into the recap, check out the final sequence of last night’s game:

Not only did Dion Waiters give Manu Ginobili a forearm, he JUMPED to make the inbounds pass, which is illegal.

Butttttt Ginobili appeared to step over the inbounds line as well, which should have been called a technical foul.

Then, LaMarcus Aldridge was whacked by Serge Ibaka while attempting to stick back Patty Mills‘s airball…and in the background, Steven Adams was held by a fan after contesting Mills’s J.

Crazyyyyy finish but in the end, KD, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have evened things up at 1 apiece.

Takeaway:

After the 30+ point drubbing in Game 1, you knew Game 2 would be a dog fight. Credit to OKC’s defense & execution for the majority of the night.

The formula for beating San Antonio was laid out yesterday (KD got into a very nice rhythm and found his looks with relative ease, Russ was charged up and role players like Steven Adams – 17 boards – did their part) and with three games off (Game 3 is on Friday), OKC is in excellent position to grab a commanding 2-1 lead.

Series tied, 1-1.

#DOFGAME #DOG

-Jabari J.

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