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.
Schedule for May 4, 2016:
Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors CSFG1: 8AM NBA Premium TV
(also covered by ABS CBN Sports + Action at 8:30 AM)
Portland Trailblazers @ Golden State Warriors CSFG2: 10:30AM NBA Premium TV
Cleveland Cavaliers 104-93 Atlanta Hawks [Cavs Lead 1-0]
San Antonio Spurs 97-98 Oklahoma City Thunder [Series tied 1-1]
Looking to extend the series 2-0, the San Antonio Spurs got off to a cold shooting start forcing Greg Popovich to recall all his starters back to the bench except for LaMarcus Aldrige, who finished the 1 half with 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting for the Spurs. The Thunder on the other hand got strong contributions from athletic center Steven Adams who spent a good time of his minutes in the air scoring 12 points and pulling down 17 big rebounds. OKC started the 2 half with a 3 point lead but the game grew a lot fiercer as it came down to the final 2 minutes. Shortly after Durant blew by Borris Diaw to slam home a transition Jam, Danny Green hit a couple of timely 3-pointers to keep the Spurs close. Durant later answered with a floater with just a little less than a minute remaining in the game to cushion OKC’s lead which forces the Spurs to call a time out. The inbounds play coach Popovich called during the huddle was worked to perfection as LaMarcus Aldrige got fouled on a 3 point attempt by Serge Ibaka with only 13.5 seconds left in the game. Aldrige hits all 3 free throws and brings the spurs to just 1 point. The Thunder then call time out and attempt to inbound the ball. Dion Waiters appears to shove Spurs guard Manu Ginobili from the out-of-bounds line which should have been an offensive foul, but was left uncalled. A mad scramble then ensued as the final seconds of the game ticked away. In spite of the controversy, the Thunder did pull off the gutsy 1-point win with the help of Westbrook’s 29 points and 10 assists. As well as Kevin Durant’s 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting. The Thunder receive home court advantage in game 3 of the conference semi-finals match up against the Spurs on May 5, 2016.