EDITOR'S NOTE: The moment avid Filipino basketball fans have been waiting for has finally arrived: NBA Playoffs. Kami.com.ph features "The Hard Court Report" by Eman-Reza Kazemi to capture the highlights of the NBA playoffs. It will share up-to-date game summaries and notable happenings of teams locked in the playoff race.
The Hard Court Report: NBA Playoffs Day 2
As the second day of the NBA PLAYOFFS come to an end, the league bore witness to scrappy performances from lower seeded teams fighting for their playoff lives. Schedules for games on April, 19, 2016 are listed below.
Indiana Pacers @ Toronto Raptors: 7AM bTV
Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder: 8AM NBA Premium TV
NBA 2015-2016:NBA Playoffs Live coverage: 8:30AM ABS CBN Sports+Action
Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors: 10:30AM NBA Premium TV
Cleveland Cavaliers 106-101 Detroit Pistons [CLE lead 1-0]
Summary: The Cleveland Cavaliers grind out a win behind a breakout performance from the often overlooked member of Cleveland’s big 3, Kevin Love. Love, who’s post season experience was cut short to just 4 games last year due to an injury last year, made up for lost time by dropping 28 points and 13 rebounds on course to a 106-101 victory. With his performance in game 1, love set new playoff career highs in both points and rebounds. The long awaited performance had finally broke out in his 2 stint at the playoffs. “My mentality was just to be aggressive, and we have to do that the entire series," Love had to say. Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue played an instrumental role in Cleveland’s victory by moving Love to the center position, exploiting the match up with Detroit’s number one option: Andre Drummond. The ability of Love to spread the floor created other scoring opportunities for his teammates and ultimately led to the down fall of Detroit. “It spreads the floor out and makes it really tough in the pick-and-roll for your 5s to get out there," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. Cleveland and Detroit are scheduled for their second game on April, 20, 2016.
Miami Heat 123- 91 Charlotte Hornets [MIA lead 1-0]
Summary: the 11 year veteran Luol Deng scored 31 points on 11-13 shooting on route to 32 point blowout against the Hornets. Deng shot a blistering 85% from the field while Whiteside contributed significantly with 21 points and 11 rebounds in his post season debut. Heat star Dwayne Wade notched 16 while fellow teammates Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire each had 11 points. Goran Dragic was the epitome of a floor general today when he dropped 10 dimes (A.K.A The Assist) on the court. Charlotte was led by Nicolas Batum with 24 points while point guard Kemba Walker chipped in 19 points. Game 2 is scheduled for April, 20, 2016.
San Antonio Spurs 106-74 Memphis Grizzlies [SAS lead 1-0]
Summary: The spurs can look to add another W in their win column as they absolutely overpowered the Memphis Grizzlies in every way. The Spurs have won 12 out of the last 13 playoff openers with their last opening loss coming from the LA Clippers during the last post season. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the spurs with 20 points while shooting a scorching 62% from the field. Vince Carter led the way for the Grizzlies shooting a fiery 86% from the field. With this 32 point loss, the grizzlies suffer their worst post season defeat in franchise history. The two teams are scheduled to duke it out again for game 2 in April, 20, 2016.
Los Angeles Clippers 115- 95 Portland Trailblazers [LAC lead 1-0]
Summary: The Portland Trailblazers fought inch by inch to make it to the post season behind their undisputed leader, Damian Lillard. They now face a staunch opponent in the Los Angeles Clippers in their first round matchup. The Clippers win the first game against the blazers in convincing fashion behind Chris Paul’s 28 points and 11 assists. Lillard led the way for the visiting team scoring 21 points, hitting exactly half of his attempts from the field. However, the highlight of the game was when Blake Griffin threw down a vicious left handed dunk on Blazer center Mason Plumlee. See video below for more details. The two teams are scheduled to battle for game 2 on April, 20, 2016.
by Eman-Reza Kazemi
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Eman-Reza Kazemi is an extroverted introvert. 2 time scholar exchange student to Japan. Passionate baller, Asian lover & cultural wonder. He is currently taking up Applied corporate management and political science in De La Salle University-Manila.