Daily NBA Fix 5-7-14:
Remember the first round? Boy was that fun.
You like series coming down to the wire? The first round put us in Seventh Heaven with five of the eight series going to Game 7 (the record for the most Game 7s in an entire postseason is eight). You like a lot of games? Since switching to the best-of-seven format in 2003, there have never been more games in the opening round than this year’s 50 games. You like overtime? This year’s first round had eight overtime games, the most since 2006…when there were six games decided in OT.
Safe to say this second round is just a teensy bit less exciting so far. LeBron James would probably agree.
After watching the Washington Wizards handle the Indiana Pacers and ogling Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers as they shot the Oklahoma City Thunder out of their own building Monday night, Tuesday night didn’t prove to be much more competitive. In the first game of last night’s playoff doubleheader, the Miami Heat proved once again why the regular season doesn’t matter when you can turn on “the switch” and dismantled the Brooklyn Nets. Then, the San Antonio Spurs took a Texas-sized dump on the Portland Trail Blazers in their Game 1.
The good news for the teams that were all blown out in their Game 1s of these conference semifinals: The loss still only counts as one loss. The bad news? I don’t know about you, but the first round got me accustomed to a certain lifestyle in these playoffs and I WANT MORE OVERTIMES. Here’s hoping tonight’s Game 2s provide some redemption for the Thunder and Pacers, if only for the sake of longer series and more NBA Playoffs drama/goodness.
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 throw in some random tidbits, we’ll take a look at the NBA schedule and we’ll even check out 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).