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Playoff Roundup | There Was Probably A Push
Dion Waiters definitely pushed Manu Ginobili in the final seconds in San Antonio, as he tried to pass the ball in.
First off, it was the most Dion Waiters-ish play ever, besides maybe heaving a contested 3-pointer with 20 seconds left on the shot clock.
So yeah, Waiters pushed Ginobili. But did it matter, after all, he threw the ball away and Ginobili actually had what seemed to be an open look to give the Spurs a one-point lead.
It does matter, because Gregg Popovich is one of the best last-second play callers in the league. He would have been able to get the Spurs a clean look, not so much a rushed look.
Then again, Ginobili looked like he was over the line and Kawhi Leonard wasn’t not holding Westbrook.
There was a lot of illegal stuff going on.
Manu on the line, Waiters shoving, Russ out of bounds. The Adams/fan arm grab, Ibaka wrestling Spurs. What a play. pic.twitter.com/SwLuw4ED2S
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 3, 2016
For NBA fans, this was a good win. It ties the series up at 1-1 going to Oklahoma City and after Game 1, it didn’t seem like the Thunder would be able to win at all. Westbrook scored 29 and Kevin Durant scored 28, but the team’s MVP might have been Steven Adams. Adams finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds while shooting 5-for-6 from the field.
LaMarcus Aldridge seems to be finding his groove, as the former Blazer finished with 41 points and eight rebounds. The rest of the starting lineup? Just 32 points on 14-for-45 shooting.
That’s not good.
See you in Oklahoma City.
The Cavs shot 15-for-31 (48.4 percent) from the 3-point line in Monday night’s 104-93 win over the Hawks. When a team scores 45 of its points from deep on such a high clip, you don’t really have a chance.
LeBron James finished with 25 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals. The most important number, though, is that James was 2-for-4 from the 3-point line. If James is hitting shots, you don’t really have a chance.
In sad news, Matthew Dellavedova only had one point.
Dennis Schroder led the bench with 27 points, but had five of his team’s 12 turnovers.
We’ve got another busy night tonight as the Heat open up Game 1 of the second round in Toronto, and the Blazers try to steal Game 2 in Golden State.