Checking in on the East playoff series
The West playoff series are in full swing and have given us some great games so far. The Jazz and Clippers are tied 1-1, Russell Westbrook exploded for 50-plus points in a loss to Houston and the San Antonio Spurs are thumping the Grizzlies, leading that series 2-0.
But what's going on in the East opening playoff rounds?
Let's check in on the East.
1. Boston Celtics vs. 8. Chicago Bulls (Bulls lead 2-0)
The surprise of the 1st round has to go to the Chicago Bulls here. As the eight seed, the Bulls could potentially pull off a feat that hasn’t been done since the infamous series between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors during the 2007 playoffs.
Rajon Rondo (11 points 9 rebounds 14 assists) and Jimmy Butler (22 points 8 rebounds 8 assists) almost posted triple-doubles in Game 2 as Chicago stole their second straight game on the road in TD Garden.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Indiana Pacers (Cavs lead 2-0)
After surviving a late Game 1 scare at home, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers now hold a commanding two game series lead thanks to the team’s Big 3. Kyrie Irving led the trio with 37 points whereas Kevin Love posted an efficient shooting 27 point, 11 rebound double-double. Of course, who could forget LeBron James scoring 25 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists. This series is setting up to be a potential sweep unless the Pacers can steal at least one win.
3. Toronto Raptors vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks (Series tied 1-1)
Of all the Eastern Conference matchups, this one pits two evenly matched teams against one another. Milwaukee struck blood first, winning game one in defining fashion 97-83, however, Toronto countered with a 106-100 win of their own thanks to Kyle Lowry’s clutch play. Giannis Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet as usual with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. But it was the Raptors’ two-headed backcourt of Lowry (22 points) and DeMar DeRozan (23 points) that got the edge on the Bucks.
4. Washington Wizards vs. 5. Atlanta Hawks (Wiz lead 2-0)
The superhuman athlete John Wall and the Washington Wizards hold a two game lead on the Atlanta Hawks all in part due to the level the Wizards star point guard is playing at. Wall scored 32 points and handed out a whopping 14 assists in game one, only to follow up that impressive performance with another 32 point game. He may have only dished out 9 assists, but none were more crucial to the game than his one to Bradley Beal for three to seal the deal.