Cleaning up last night’s playoff action in the Association…
Top DOG of the Night: LeBron James (25 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds)
Quick Recap: Despite Dennis Schröder’s playoff career-high 27 points, Cleveland pulled out a tight Game 1 victory at the Q. Atlanta hung tough all night long but failed to execute with under 3 minutes to go in the fourth.
LeBron was in top form – he scored a team-high 25 points & converted a difficult, hanging and-1 to put the Cavs up 7 with just over 2 minutes left (which was basically gg).
Takeaway: The main takeaway from Game 1 is Atlanta’s fearlessness and toughness facing Cleveland, with a lot of familiarity coming from their ECF matchup a year ago. Execution HAS to be better, however, as the Hawks did generate a single point on three straight possessions when the game was tied up at 88.
CLE leads series, 1-0.
Top DOG of the Night: Russell Westbrook (29 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds)
Before we dive into the recap, check out the final sequence of last night’s game:
Butttttt Ginobili appeared to step over the inbounds line as well, which should have been called a technical foul.
Crazyyyyy finish but in the end, KD, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have evened things up at 1 apiece.
After the 30+ point drubbing in Game 1, you knew Game 2 would be a dog fight. Credit to OKC’s defense & execution for the majority of the night.
The formula for beating San Antonio was laid out yesterday (KD got into a very nice rhythm and found his looks with relative ease, Russ was charged up and role players like Steven Adams – 17 boards – did their part) and with three games off (Game 3 is on Friday), OKC is in excellent position to grab a commanding 2-1 lead.
Series tied, 1-1.