WATERCOOLER CHAT: THREE NBA PLAYOFF GAMES LAST NIGHT

The playoffs continue in the NBA, with 3 games in action last night.

First up, it was LeBron and the Cavs hosting the Detroit Pistons.  The Pistons looked to bounce back, but the Cavs are just too much this season — especially at home.  Detroit’s Richard Hamilton did what he could, putting up 17 points, but the Pistons look like a team that has to do some major rebuilding next year.  Meanwhile, LeBron had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and just took a seat in the 4th quarter, put (back) on his warm-up pants, and watched his team continue to dismantle the Pistons.  The Pistons are hoping that they will get some advantage going back to Detroit, but most expect this series to be a sweep.  Cleveland 94, Detroit 82.  Cleveland leads series 2-0.

Next up, it was the Blazers hosting the Rockets.  The Rockets shocked them in Game 1, and looked to be much better than most believed.  However, with a burgeoning superstar in Brandon Roy, the Blazers planned on knotting this series at a game a piece.  It was a neck and neck battle, and point guard Aaron Brooks suddenly got hot for the Rockets, scoring 23 points, but the hero of this game… yep, you guessed it, Brandon Roy.  He exploded for 42 points and put his mark on the league.  This guy is ready for the post-season, and more importantly, prepared to lead his team when it counts.  Portland 107, Houston 103.  Series tied 1-1.

Finally, it was time for Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to get back in action.  This is another series people expect to be four and done.  Even Utah Jazz head coach has publicly admitted that he doesn’t really believe the Jazz can beat the Lakers (via subtext of course).  The Jazz got off to a slow start, and Lakers pretty much held an average of 10-12 point lead the entire game.  Jazz point-guard Deron Williams did his thing, putting up an electric 35 points and 9 assists.  Kobe had 26 points and 9 assists, but he also had help, as Pau Gasol contributed 22 points to the bottom line as well, and the rest of the starters also scored in double-digits.

And even though the Celtics didn’t even play last night, they still got some bad news.  One of their key reserves, Leon Powe, is now out for the playoffs with a torn ACL.  This just makes an already Garnett-less Celtics even more thin.  Currently, they’re trying to fight of a ferocious Bulls team, and losing clutch bench guys won’t make this uphill task any easier.  Unfortunately, even if they do get past Chicago, they might make an early exit in Round 2.

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