Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

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 Reports" 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.

Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

Cleveland Cavaliers guards J.R. Smith and Jordan McRae celebrate after McRae hit the 20th three pointer of the night against the Detroit Pistons, setting a playoff record for threes in a game. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com April 20, 2016. Cleveland.

April 22, 2016 PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE:

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks Game 3: 7AM NBA Premium TV

Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers Game 3: 7:30AM bTV

NBA 2015-2016: NBA Playoffs Live: 8:30 ABS-CBN Sports+Action

Golden State Warriors @ Houston Rockets Game 3: 9:30AM NBA Premium TV

Miami Heat 115-103 Charlotte Hornets [MIA Lead 2-0]

Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade sneaks past Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Miami Heat's first-round series with the Charlotte Hornets at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Wed., April 20, 2016.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR ctrainor@miamiherald.com

The NBA was in for a treat with a vintage performance from future Hall of Famer, Dwayne Wade. Wade took charge of the game by scoring 28 points and dishing out 8 assists. His performance was complemented by Hassan Whiteside who finished with 17 points hitting all 8 attempts from the field. The Heat scored a season high 72 points in the first half. The Hornets would have had a decent chance to steal game 2 had they improved their percentages from 3-point territory. The Hornets only made 1 out of 16 three pointers throughout the game. Though some credit should be given to the Heat’s defensive game plan, Charlotte’s inability to space the floor made it difficult for the team to find any rhythm on offense. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson led the way for the visiting team with 29 and 25 points respectively. In spite of this, the 2 highest scoring players of the Hornets were held to a plus-minus of -12 (Kemba Walker) and -14 (Al Jefferson). The plus-minus statistic in basketball is used to gauge how well, or how badly, a certain player’s performance impacted their team’s success.

Injuries: Nicolas Batum suffered a left ankle sprain during the 4 quarter of game 2 against the Miami Heat and immediately checked out of the game, never to return to the court. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford says he was “Very concerned” regarding Batum’s injury. Batum averaged 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for the Hornets this season. He is also the 2 leading scorer for the team behind point guard, Kemba Walker.

Cleveland Cavaliers 107-90 Detroit Pistons [CLE Lead 2-0]

Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the hoop for two against Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris in the second half. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com April 20, 2016. Cleveland.

LeBron James is in playoff rampage mode. James soared through the air for theatrical throw downs and highlight worthy plays all game long tallying 27 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals on 66% shooting from the field. J.R Smith was also on fire, shooting 7 of 11 3-pointers in the game. Andre Drummond led the way for Detroit with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Inspite of 5 Piston players scoring in double figures, Detroit falls to a 2-0 record as they are set to host the Cavaliers at home April 23, 2016. Teams that are up 2-0 in a series go on to win that matchup 94% of the time. The Pistons have a tall mountain to conquer against LeBron’s team.

L.A Clippers 102-81 Portland Trailblazers [LAC Lead 2-0]

Hard Court Report: NBA playoffs day 5

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, center, passes the ball under pressure by Portland Trail Blazers' Gerald Henderson, right, and Maurice Harkless in the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, on Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 115-95. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The back court combo of Lillard and McCollum shot an abysmal 35.7% during game 1 and only shot it much worse here in game 2, connecting on only 30.7% of their attempts from the floor. Chris Paul and J.J Reddick on the other side of the spectrum are winning their matchup up against the “dynamic” duo of the Trailblazers. Chris Paul scored a team high 25 points while 4 other Clippers notched double figure points. The Trailblazers are set to host the visiting Clippers this April 23, 2016 in the Rose Garden Arena in Portland Oregon.

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by Eman-Reza Kazemi

 

 

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