In this town of Boston there is a certain tendency to think that playoff hockey is the end all be all, and no one seems to care about playoff basketball around here.
Well, those people don't know what they're missing. And to fill you in a bit, here is what happened last night.
Pacers vs Hawks - Game 3
Really, all you need to know about this game can be summed up right here:
Oh, also here:
Yes, that is what you call the "I accidentally hit the shoot button in NBA2k14 and it actually went in" move.
In case you hadn't guessed, the Hawks ended up winning this one 98-85. They now lead the series 2-1. Teague ended up with 22 points and 10 assists.
What makes this even more hilarious is the fact that the Hawks came into the playoffs as the eighth seed with an under .500 record, 38-44. The Pacers meanwhile are obviously the number 1 seed in the East. Ladies and gentleman, your Eastern Conference.
Now, onto the West.
Thunder vs Grizzlies - Game 3
This was a good one. The Grizzlies really dominated this game, leading by as many as 17 at one point. Then Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant happened. This game ended up going into overtime after some heroics from those two, but Mike Conley (20 points) and the Grizzlies were able to hold off the Thunder's rally after regulation and ended up with a Memphis 98-95 victory as they took a 2-1 series lead over second seeded OKC.
Anyway, you don't have to take my word for it. Watch the crazy ending to this game for yourself below, courtesy of the NBA. See, the NBA is smart and wants to spread the word about exciting things happening with their product by putting official highlights out on youtube. ARE YOU LISTENING NFL?!
Durant and Westbook each had monster games, both scoring 30 points. Westbrook also added 13 assists for a double double.
The key to the victory for Memphis? Probably this:
Another look at @MConley11's wooden hat via @BrandWills, which naturally came in a matching wooden box: pic.twitter.com/jQ92o7RUj5
— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) April 24, 2014
Clippers vs Warriors - Game 3
So, that Blake Griffin was the story in this one. Amazing what happens to a talented player when he has a good coach.
Griffin led the game with his 32 points and really filled out the stat sheet: eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
This was looking like another blowout by the Clippers at one point, with LA leading by as much as 18 in the third quarter. Golden State just didn't seem to have an answer for Griffin, and they couldn't make their trademark threes (they were 6 of 31). They did have a late rally though and this game came down to the final shot. Curry looked to take a three pointer to win it, and it looked like he was fouled by Chris Paul. The call wasn't made though, and the Clippers won 98-96 and have the 2-1 series lead.
Stephen Curry was held largely in check, only scoring 16 points. However, he did have 15 assists. So there's that, Warriors fans. Mike Saver 4/25/2014 10:16:00 AM Tweet