Daily NBA Fix 4-30-14:
In last night’s NBA action, another night of crazy playoff basketball broke out (big surprise) a mere hours after NBA commissioner Adam Silver laid down the hammer on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban and maximum fine of $2.5 million. The authority and sincerity with which Silver handed down his decision left fans know the NBA is in good hands and now, if three-fourths of the other 29 owners vote accordingly, Sterling will be forced to sell his franchise. In other words, Adam Silver went all Daenerys Targaryan on Sterling with his “I will fight injustice with JUSTICE” stance.
It’s not surprising this was the major news of the day. But now that we’re on the path back to healing, we can hopefully focus on the terrific playoff basketball that’s both thrilling and bound to send me into cardiac arrest.
In last night’s NBA action, the hammers continued to fall in the same spirit as Silver’s verdict. The Washington Wizards took Game 5 in the United Center and ousted the ailing Chicago Bulls. In Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Oklahoma City Thunder fell down 3-2 to a gritty Memphis Grizzlies team that almost surrendered a 20-point lead, thanks to Tony Allen, Joey Crawford, Scott Brooks and the ever-polarizing Russell Westbrook. And at Staples Center, a packed house cheered the Los Angeles Clippers on to victory and a 3-2 series lead as chants of “WE ARE ONE!” rang loud and true.
On today’s Daily NBA Fix, we’ve got game highlights from last night, game summaries, the five best and worst players of the night and the Goose Egg, Clean and Sober and Ironman Awards. We’ll also be taking a look at who’s circling the drain, we’ll throw in some random tidbits, we’ll take a look at the NBA schedule and we’ll even throw in the daily lines with some predictions for the gamblers out there.
Check out the video highlights first and then start on the game capsules (home team in CAPS).