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Weekend NBA Playoff Recap

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In a recap of the weekend NBA playoffs:

Utah Jazz eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night behind the 38 points from Donovan Mitchell and the 13 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. The big question now that the Thunder’s season is over is if Carmelo Anthony will stay with the team. Anthony was traded to the Thunder last September. He could potentially opt out of his contract worth $28 million, but many feel he’ll stay with the team. He said, “I’m not sacrificing no bench role. That’s out the question. … I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damn near everything — family, moving here by myself. Sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice any and everything in order for this situation to work out.”

On Sunday, the Jazz played the first game of the West semi-finals against the Houston Rockets. With the Rockets’ James Harden’s 41 points, the game was never close and the Jazz are down 0-1.

The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night and will now match up against their historic rival, the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Monday night.

A Curry-less Golden State Warriors easily cruised through their first game of the West semi-finals against the New Orleans Pelicans. With Kevin Durant’s 26 points and Draymond Green’s triple-double, the game wasn’t close. The most exciting part of the game was the courtside appearance of Beyonce and Jay-Z. Coach Steve Kerr said Steph Curry will be back for game 2 on Tuesday night.

LeBron James came through again with a huge game 7 and series win over the Indiana Pacers. LeBron kept the Cavaliers series alive with 45 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals, all while suffering leg cramps.

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76ers Win Historic 15 Straight, Donovan Mitchell Trolls Simmons, 32-Year Old Ingram Shines In NBA Debut

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The Philadelphia 76er continue their historic streak. With a 121-116 victory on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks, the 76ers secure their 15th straight win (the longest continuous streak in franchise history). If the Sixers beat the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night, they will secure the #3 seed, but if the Cleveland Cavs win and the Sixers lose, the Cavs grab the #3 seed.

Before the Warriors game, Utah Jazz Donovan Mitchell wore a sweatshirt with the definition of a rookie “an athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team” implying the Sixers Ben Simmons (who was drafted in 2016 but didn’t play because of injuries), isn’t technically a rookie. Both are vying for rookie of the year and both are on fire.

It only took 10 years, but Andre Ingram got his wish to play in the NBA. At 32 years old, Ingram spent 10 years in the NBA G League (the developmental league for the NBA) and every year held out hope he’d make it to the show. With injuries to some of the Los Angeles Lakers players, Magic Johnson invited Ingram to play in the Lakers’ last two games of the season. As befitting any feel-good story, Ingram not only made his first shot but ended the game with 19 points and received the game ball from coach Luke Walton.

Wednesday is the last day of the NBA regular season, and the playoff seeds are on the line. For more on potential playoff matchups, click here.

 

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