May 7, 2017, 10:11 pm
There were three games in the Association on Sunday with the Cavs, Celtics and Spurs all looking to either wrap things up or take a stranglehold in their respective series. The early game was up in the Six where the undermanned Raptors tried to stave off elimination and hand the Cavs their first postseason loss. In D.C the Wizards, minus Kelly Oubre, looked to fight off the Celtics and take the series back to Boston squared up at two apiece. While deep in the heart of Texas the Spurs and Rockets continued their seesaw battle with the Rockets looking to even up the series at two. With Drake playing in the background, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
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CAVS 109, RAPTORS 102 (GAME 4)
No Kyle Lowry, no killer instinct and no offensive adjustments meant no chance for the Raptors as they were promptly swept by the Cavs on Sunday in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final matchup and big changes could be coming as a result for the Raps.
What hasn’t been said about LeBron James in this series? He’s toyed with the Raptors from the onset and was the key difference in this series. P.J Tucker, Norman Powell, DeMarre Carroll nor Serge Ibaka could contain the King and as a result he advances to his seventh consecutive Eastern Conference Final. As for the game, James ended Game 4 with 35 points on 11-of-22 from the field to go with nine rebounds, six assists, five triples and one block in 46 minutes of action. The Celtics or Wizards will certainly have their hands full in the next round but at this point it really doesn’t seem to matter as the Cavs looked poised to cakewalk into the NBA Finals.
This game was actually close mid-way through the fourth quarter and that’s when Kyrie Irving took over. Irving outscored the Raptors 11-2 in about a three-minute span and the Cavs never looked back. Irving finished the afternoon with 27 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals, two triples and one block on 10-of-24 from the field. With Irving and James accounting for scoring or assisting on 92 of the 109 points scored by the Cavs the Raptors never had a realistic chance in this series.
Kyle Korver continued his hot shooting off the bench scoring 18 points on 6-of-8 from the field. Korver connected on 4-of-6 from downtown and added five rebounds, one assist and one block. Korver seemed to struggle initially after his trade from the Hawks but seemed to really show his worth in this series. He is just another weapon that the King now has at his disposal, and that’s very frightening.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Raptors in the Game 4 loss. DeRozan tried his best to keep the Raptors afloat, but with others missing open shots consistently, it was hard. DeRozan shot 8-of-18 from the field and added eight assists and four rebounds. Games 3 and 4 brought out the vintage DeRozan that Raptors’ fans were accustomed to seeing but it was difficult to forget the Game 2 debacle which ultimately stressed the difference between the Cavs and Raptors.
Cory Joseph played well in another start scoring 20 points and adding 12 dimes in the loss. He added six rebounds, one steal and one triple in 40 minutes of action.
Serge Ibaka, in what could have been his final game in Raptors’ uniform, scored a team-high 23 points but only grabbed two rebounds and did not have a block to his name.
Kevin Love was quiet in this one shooting only 2-of-7 from the field for five points. He added five rebounds, two assists and one block. He’ll get a pass here but he’ll need to step it up once the Cavs move into the Eastern Finals.
J.R. Smith connected on only 1-of-6 from the field for three points. He added one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes of action.
The Cavs’ bench outscored the Raptors’ bench 33-15.
A disappointing end for the Raptors who played the Cavs a lot tougher during last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. With Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson all potential free-agents this upcoming summer there could be huge changes coming. The Cavs meanwhile earn a well deserved extended break as they await the winner of the Celtics/Wizards matchup.
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WIZARDS 121, CELTICS 102 (GAME 4)
This series continues to get more and more interesting. The Wizards played the Celtics tough in Games 1 and 2 on the road but have completely dominated them at home in Games 3 and 4. This game was close just after the half and then the Wizards exploded on a 26-0 run and never looked back. If the Wizards are able to steal Game 5 on the road it could very well spell the end for the Celtics this season.
John Wall posted another double-double scoring 27 points to go with 12 assists. Wall only shot 8-of-25 from the field and did commit and game-high seven turnovers but still filled the stat sheet adding three rebounds, five steals, two triples and one block while also hitting a perfect 9-of-9 from the line. Wall has posted three double-doubles in this series thus far and look for him to keep up the high level of play on Wednesday night in Boston.
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 29 points on 11-of-16 from the field. Beal added four rebounds, three triples and one steal in 37 minutes of action.
Markieff Morris double-doubled scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds. He also added five assists, three steals and two triples on 5-of-12 from the field.
Otto Porter scored 18 points with eight rebounds, four steals, two assists and one triple.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 19 points on 7-of-14 from the field. He added five assists, five triples, two steals, one rebound and one block in the loss.
Terry Rozier scored 16 points off the bench on 5-of-10 from the field. He added seven rebounds, one assist and one triple in 22 minutes.
Marcin Gortat only scored six points to go with seven rebounds and three assists in the blowout win.
Brandon Jennings was scoreless off the bench for the Wizards chipping in three rebounds and three dimes in 18 minutes of action.
Amir Johnson returned to the starting lineup but only played 12 minutes for the Celtics and scored seven points with two rebounds.
This series is now tied at 2-2 and the momentum has clearly swung in the Wizards’ favour. Wednesday night should be fun back in Boston while LeBron and Co. just sit back and relax.
ROCKETS 125, SPURS 104
The Rockets once again used the 3-point shot to subdue their opponent. The Rockets connected on 19-of-43 from downtown and just like they did in Game 1 of this series completely dominated the Spurs. This series is now tied at 2-2 and it has now become a best of 3.
James Harden once again led the Rockets scoring 28 points on 10-of-18 from the field. Harden added 12 assists, five rebounds, four triples and two steals in 35 minutes of action. He uncharacteristically only hit 4-of-6 from the line but was good when he needed to be to help tie this series at two.
Patrick Beverley played with a heavy heart in this one after finding out that his grandfather had passed away earlier in the day. Beverley put up 10 points with six assists, four rebounds, two triples and one steal in 26 minutes of action. Our condolences go out to Beverley and his family.
Eric Gordon scored 22 points on 8-of-13 from the field. Gordon added six triples, three rebounds and one assist in the win.
Jonathon Simmons led the Spurs in scoring with 17 points off the bench. He shot 6-of-12 from the field and added four rebounds, one assist, two triples and two steals in the loss.
Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge each chipped in 16 points. They combined for 11 rebounds and five assists on 14-of-27 from the field.
NeNe left this one after only two minutes of action with a left groin injury. If he’s forced to miss extended time look for Clint Capela to pick up even more playing time.
Danny Green was quiet in 26 minutes of action. Green scored three points and added three rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one triple in the loss.
David Lee was quiet off the bench chipping in only two points on 1-of-5 from the field. He added four rebounds and one steal in his 17 minutes of action.
The Rockets bounced back from their Game 3 loss and held serve on home court. Game 5 goes Tuesday night in San Antonio and if the 3-pointers keep falling for the Rockets it will be tough for thr Spurs to keep up.
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