Wow, what a weekend of basketball.
Saturday afternoon an evening saw the top-seeded Pacers pull off a home win over the upset-minded Atlanta Hawks in what was ultimately a 92-80 victory. The Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a sluggish defensive first quarter to dominate the middle portion of the game and win their Game 7 match-up with Memphis, 120-109.
The final game of the night saw the Los Angeles Clippers go back to their Lob City ways down the stretch in an exciting victory over Golden State. L.A. effectively used the alley-oop lob to propel Doc Rivers‘ squad past the three-point shooting of Mark Jackson‘s bunch.
It was the most entertaining game of the day, and the final score of 126-121 reflected as much. It was fast-paced, high-scoring and high-flying, and there were a total of 22 made three-pointers in the contest.
Now we’re set up for today’s pair of Game 7s, first with the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors tipping off at 12:00 p.m. CT, followed by a 2:30 p.m. Mavericks and Spurs match-up.
This weekend has been a treat, and today’s games shouldn’t disappoint. And get ready for Round 2, as the conference semifinals get underway tomorrow night with the Wizards visiting the Pacers and the Clippers in Oklahoma City.
This is the time of year when the playoff basketball comes fast and furious. And as Wolves fans, we have the sideshow of the head coaching search, as well as the looming NBA draft. But don’t miss out on the exciting playoff action. The 2014 first round has arguably been the best round of playoff basketball in history, and the Saturday/Sunday packed full of five Game 7s has been the icing on the cake.j
We’ll have some more Wolves-specific shots later in the day and into tomorrow as the coaching search begins to ramp up. Look for a Golden State announcement regarding the future of head coach Mark Jackson soon as well, although he is unlikely to factor in the Wolves’ coaching search. Still something to keep an eye on, however.