The Golden State Warriors dominated the Portland Trailblazers in game 4 last night to complete the series sweep. Curry scored back-to-back 30+ point performances including 7 threes in game 4. The Warriors won 128-103 and scored 45 in the first quarter, tying the playoff record for points in a playoff first quarter. The Warriors starters scored 97 points and their bench scored 31. Golden State exploded from three with 59% shooting and 17 makes from behind the arc. Without Steve Kerr Golden State held off the Blazers and became the second team to sweep in this year’s playoffs. The Warriors started the game 22-3 and ended the first quarter leading 45-22. “We knew if we threw the first punch, we knew it would overwhelm them a bit, especially being up 3-0,” Kevin Durant said after the game. Durant played in this game after missing 2 games in a row. Golden State might be without their head coach Steve Kerr for the remainder of the playoffs due to an ailing back. The Warriors will either face the Clippers or the Jazz next round.
First, the Toronto Raptors got blown out at home in game one against the Milwaukee Bucks. Second, the Los Angeles Clippers lost at home in game one by a Joe Johnson buzzer-beater. And Third, the 1 seeded Celtics lost at home to the Chicago Bulls on TNT. The Bulls winning streak on TNT apparently exists even in the NBA Playoffs.
BUCKS 97-83 RAPTORS. The Raptors got destroyed in game one by a Giannis Antetokounmpo led Bucks team. The rookie, Malcolm Brogden, also did his part to win the game for the Bucks as he scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Toronto did terrible in this game, their All-Star Kyle Lowry only scored 4 points and the Raptors shot 36% overall and 22% from three. They also only passed for 15 assists and turned the ball over 10 times, as opposed to the Bucks 5 turnovers and 45% shooting. Hopefully for Toronto they can do better and improve going into game 2 trailing 1-0.
JAZZ 97-95 CLIPPERS. Despite losing the Clippers didn’t preform terribly. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined for 51 points, 14 assists, and 14 rebounds. But somehow they still lose even though the Jazz were missing Rudy Gobert, their star defensive player. Joe Johnson had 21 points off the bench, including the game winner over Jamal Crawford. The Jazz shot 48% overall, 42% from three, and 47 bench points. While the Clippers shot 44% overall, 33% from three, and 20 bench points. The Clippers have a good chance to win game two, but they will have to go harder than they did in game 1.
BULLS 106-102 CELTICS. The Bulls pulled off an unlikely upset over the 1st seed. Chicago’s winning streak on TNT continues into the NBA Playoffs. Isaiah Thomas played well the whole game but that wouldn’t be enough to beat Chicago. Jimmy Butler took over in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, while Isaiah Thomas didn’t get a lot of help in scoring from his teammates. We will see if the Bulls can pull another upset in game two to go up 2-0 headed home to Chicago. Isaiah Thomas will play in game 2 but probably not in game 3, so he can spend time with his family after losing his sister in a car accident. Game 2 is in Boston on TNT, can the Bulls keep the streak?
NBA PLAYOFF STANDINGS
WARRIORS 1-0 BLAZERS. Game 2 is Wednesday.
JAZZ 1-0 CLIPPERS. Game 2 is tonight.
ROCKETS 1-0 THUNDER. Game 2 is Wednesday
SPURS 2-0 GRIZZLIES. Game 3 is Thursday.
BULLS 1-0 CELTICS. Game 2 is tonight.
WIZARDS 1-0 HAWKS. Game 2 is Wednesday.
BUCKS 1-0 RAPTORS. Game 2 is tonight.
CAVALIERS 2-0 PACERS. Game 3 is Thursday.