Game 2 Tuesday

2 05 2012

 

Boston 87, Atlanta 80

 

The Celtics knew to have a chance against the Hawks in Game 2, they would need Paul Pierce took go off. Well, with the Truth putting up 36 points and 14 commanding rebounds Tuesday night, that most assuredly happened. Pierce looked determined in this game with one purpose in mind: winning. He made timely shots down the stretch as he has done his entire career. C.J. Watson and John Lucas III receive attention for the job they have done backing up Derrick Rose, but there’s a certain Celtic that has done an efficient job when he steps into Rajon Rondo’s shoes. Avery Bradley¬†started at point guard and had 14 points, three assists, three steals, three blocks, and only one turnover in 42 minutes. Many thought he should be considered a bust after his lackluster rookie season, but he has blossomed into a player that the C’s will need once the original Big 3 retire. If Josh Smith‘s sprained left knee that kept him off the court the last 4:20 turns out to be serious and he misses some crucial games in Boston, this series might become much easier for Boston than first perceived.

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia 109, Chicago 92

 

The Bulls played 27 regular season games without their reigning MVP Derrick Rose. They were able to hold their own and post a 17-8 record with C.J. Watson at the helm. However, there is a huge difference between regular season basketball and playoff basketball, and that disparity couldn’t have been more apparent Tuesday night. After a first half in which Joakim Noah put the team on his back and helped bring his team a 55-47 lead, it looked as if the top-seeded Bulls just had too much talent for the mediocre Sixers to contend, with or without Rose. The Sixers had different plans in mind. After a blitz of a third quarter when they outscored Chicago 36-14, Philadelphia cruised on to the win. Jrue Holiday had the best playoff game of his young career, putting up 26 points on 11-15 shooting and dishing out six assists. Backup point guard Lou Williams had a similarly effective night, putting up 20 points on 8-13 shooting and six dimes. The Bulls interior defense that was so heavily praised during the regular season was torn apart by these speedy guards as their team collected 52 points in the paint compared to the Bulls’ 32. The Sixers now have the best point guard on the court in Holiday and the momentum going back to Wells Fargo Arena. The Bulls currently stand 0-1 without Rose in the playoffs and could possibly be 0-1 in playoff series without Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

Denver 100, Los Angeles 104

 

Even though the score ended up being a tight one, don’t be confused about where this series stands. The Lakers just have too much Kobe Bryant and too much Andrew Bynum for the small and inexperienced Nuggets to handle. Los Angeles held a 92-79 lead with 7:00 to go and a 98-91 with 2:00 to go before the Nuggets tried everything in their power to make a comeback. Bryant and Bynum would shut this thought down, scoring eight of the Lakers last 12 points. Kobe will always get his, no matter how many shots he has to take. However, when he decides to shoot above 50 percent from the field, his opponent is in trouble. Kobe did just that Tuesday as he put together his 83rd career 30-point playoff game, second all-time behind that guy named Michael Jordan (109). Bynum had 27 points and nine boards, and it just seems as though the Nuggets don’t have an answer for his size. JaVale McGee has worked at stopping the Lakers big man, but the 30 pound weight difference seems to be too much for the lanky Nugget. Along with these two all-stars’ play, if Pau Gasol continues to contribute such balance basketball (13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks) and Ramon Sessions penetrates like he has since he became a Laker, the West better watch out. This team has the pieces and the Kobe to go all the way.

 

 

 

 

 

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