Archive for April 22nd, 2011


The NBA playoffs keep on rolling on.

First up, it was the much anticipated Game 3 between the Indiana Pacers and the #1 seed Chicago Bulls. The Pacers have been giving the Bulls fits the past 2 games.  However, the Bulls still nabbed both Game 1 and 2.  Thus, everybody thought the Pacers would be READY for Chicago when they played in front of their own home crowd.  The Pacers Danny Granger had a nice evening with 21 points, but Derrick Rose got some serious help last night from Luol Deng.  Deng finished the night with 21 points of his own.  At the end, down 2, Danny Granger had a chance to win the game.  He launched a long-range, off-balance 3-pointer, but it clanged off the rim, Chicago grabbed the rebound, and went on to win Game 3. That’s a 3-0 lead for the Bulls.  Chicago 88, Indiana 84.

Next up, it was Game 3 between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers.  Dwayne Wade and LeBron have pretty much had their way with the Sixers, but the series was back in Philly, and you can bet they would come to play.  The Sixers actually kept the game close, even took a big lead at the half.  But, at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Sixers were only up 2, and that’s simply not enough when you’re playing against 2 of the absolute best players in the NBA.  Wade had a spectacular night with 32 points and 10 rebounds, the Heat just pulled away in the 4th quarter.  Philly isn’t strong enough to keep up with Miami, and the Heat should cruise into a second round battle with either Boston or New York.  Miami 100, Philadelphia 94.

Finally, it was the Dallas Mavericks heading to Portland to take on a now-furious TrailBlazers team.  Portland has a reputation for being one of the toughest places to play in the league.  Their fans simply go CRAZY!  The Mavs were prepared to stop LaMarcus Aldridge and even Gerald Wallace, but they never saw amazing nights from Wes Matthews and Brandon Roy coming.  Roy had 16 points for the Blazers OFF THE BENCH!  And Matthews had a surprising 25-point outing.  On top of all of that, the Blazers defense was able to stop a red-hot Mavericks attack.  It seemed like they really studied Game tape of the first two games.  Dallas now leads the series 2-1.  Portland 97, Dallas 92.

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