Warriors stop Doncic with dirty trick
“Golden State” finished with “Dallas” in the first match, “Boston” lost to “Miami”.
Golden State defeated Dallas – 112:87
For the 13th straight season, Golden State started the playoff series with a home win. Today, the Warriors were better than the opponent on all fronts. They defended well, moved the ball beautifully, won the rebound and took an easy victory even though the leaders did not show any outstanding performance. Stephen Curry led the way with just 21 points. But Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green were backed up by Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney. But there was no one to insure Luka Doncic, who “didn’t fly” today. In general, Golden State took an easy victory – 112:87.
Miami defeated Boston – 118:107
Before the first match of the series, the Celtics suffered serious personnel losses: the meeting was missed by Marcus Smart, who injured his foot, and Al Horford, who was on the coronavirus protocol. In the first half, it seemed that Boston was doing well without the two most experienced players – for the long break, the team left the leader, leading by +8 in the score. But the third quarter wards Ime Udoki started with a missed spurt 2:22. The Heat began to control the three-second zone, preventing the opponent from hitting from behind the arc, and the Boston attack fell. The Celtics were never able to return to the game. As a result – away defeat 107:118.
Wiggins scratches Doncic’s face
Today Mavericks defenseman Luka Doncic left the court with a “combat wound” – a scratch under his eye. He earned it in the heat of a fight with Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins. When in the first quarter the Slovenian tried to pass Wiggins, he decided to stop the opponent at all costs and hit him in the face with his palm.
“Things are good. I look like a tough guy with her,” Doncic commented after the match.
Everything would be fine, but something still prevented Luka from realizing his shots – for the first time in his career, he has more losses (7) than hits from the field (6 out of 18). He lost more balls than in his fifth, sixth, and seventh games with Phoenix combined. And for the sake of fairness, the whole team experienced problems with the implementation today. Of the 48 long-range attempts, only 11 (22.9%) were successful for Dallas.
“With so many shots, you have to hit something. But we didn’t succeed,” said head coach Jason Kidd.
Curry hit his 18th double-double in the playoffs
Steph Curry is the main threat to the opponent’s ring
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The outcome of the first meeting between Golden State and Dallas was actually decided already in the third quarter. Of course, not without the help of Steph Curry. Today, he not only became the top scorer of the game with 21 points, but also grabbed the most rebounds of all – 12. He has not had so many rebounds in a playoff game since 2019. This despite the fact that Stephen spent only 30 minutes on the site and did not take part in the fourth quarter.
Thus, he scored his 18th double-double in his career.
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The Incredible Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler scores 40+ points in playoffs for the fifth time in his career
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Jimmy Butler became the hero of the first meeting between Miami and Boston. The forward recorded 41 points (12 of 19 from the field, 0 of 2 from behind the arc), 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 interceptions. He became the eighth player in league history to go 40+5+5+4 in a single playoff game, joining LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Paul Pierce, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Larry Bird.
This is Butler’s fifth game for Miami in which he scored over 40 points. And all five times it was playoff matches.
Now Jimmy is also the best player in the postseason in terms of “plus or minus”: “+143”.
“I’ll say it again: Jimmy Butler is the best player left in the playoffs. And today he was the best player on the court,” wrote Skip Bayless.