The Playoffs have lived up to the billing thus far, with upsets and controversies galore. Five out of the eight home teams lost their opening games, which hopefully means most of the seven-game series are going to go down to the wire. Here we take a look at some of the biggest talking points the first couple of games had to offer.
Blake Griffin Throws Water On a Fan
Fans can be annoying, and some of them regularly cross the line. As Blake Griffin fouled out of the LA Clippers’ first meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter, a home court game which they subsequently lost, he was obviously dismayed by the ejection. As Griffin threw up his arms in protest, the water in the cup he was holding “accidently” spilled onto a Warrior’s fan behind him. Whatever the fan said, he definitely got Blake’s attention.
Griffin and the Clippers came out in Game 2 with a vengeance, destroying the Warriors 98 – 138. Griffin managed to stay on the court for the entire game, and racked up an angry 35 points. Check out the highlights of that game here:
Toronto Raptors GM, Masai Ujiri: “F*** Brooklyn”
Yes, you did read that heading right. In an attempt to rile up the Canadian support before Toronto’s Game 1 with the Nets, GM Ujiri didn’t really think about the consequences of what he was about to say.
The Raptors ended up losing the first game, with many of their stars failing to show up. Veteran Paul Pierce looked a step quicker than he had all season, and closed the game for Brooklyn, scoring 9 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Luckily for the Raptors, star man DeMar DeRozan arrived to the playoffs in Game 2 with 30 points, helping the Raptors win a tight game, 95 – 100. His performance included this vicious slam, which got the home crowd riled up in a big way.
Former Celtics’ star, and current Nets’ star, Kevin Garnett had a pretty good point about Masai Ujiri’s outburst, asking if you can really say f*** Brooklyn and then, you know, go to Brooklyn.
Paul George vs. the Hawks
If anyone has seen Roy Hibbert, I’m sure the Indiana Pacers would appreciate his return. The Pacers lost their first game to the Atlanta Hawks, they were outplayed, out-thought and downright terrible. The majority of their key players have yet to even show a hint that they realise it’s ‘you lose, you go home’ time. The only glimmer of hope is Paul George seemingly returning to stardom.
Indiana won Game 2, with Hibbert still playing horrendously. Paul George had 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks in Game 1. He improved this with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 1 block in the Pacers 85 – 101 win in Game 2. He’s looking every bit a superstar once again. He may want to inform his teammates the regular season ended though.
Kevin Durant Does Kevin Durant-like Things
The Oklahoma City Thunder won their opening game against the Memphis Grizzlies, thanks to the double act of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The latter has been displaying just why he’s this year’s MVP. He scored 33 point, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in Game 1.
The Grizzlies bounced back by winning Game 2, despite Durant’s ridiculous efforts in saving the game. He put up 36 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, including an insane 4 point play. With seconds left on the clock and the Thunder trailing by 5 points, Durant nailed a three from the corner while being fouled, and he converted the free throw to bring the Thunder within 1 point with 13.3 seconds remaining. His efforts pushed the teams into overtime.
With games being played every night, the action is non-stop. The Miami Heat won their first game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks, the Portland Trailblazers won against the Houston Rockets in Houston, and the Washington Wizards have won the first two games against the Chicago Bulls, in Chicago. Expect plenty more to happen over the coming days. We’ll leave you with this slam from the Thunder’s Caron Butler.
Joseph Carroll, Pundit Arena.
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