NBA Playoffs: 2nd Round and Mid-Conference Finals Review

Sports Commentary By: Cameron McElwaney

2nd Round: West/East Semi-Finals

San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: This was a great series from the start. The Spurs got off to a great start with a 124-92 win in Game 1. The Thunder then won 98-97 to even the series at 1-1. The Thunder then rattled off three wins in four games against the Spurs. The Spurs had lost one game at home all season. The Thunder beat them twice in San Antonio in the same week. The Thunder won the series in six games.

Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers: The Warriors started off the series without Stephen Curry, but it didn’t phase them. Jumping off to a fast 2-1 series lead, they got their superstar back for Game 4. He was off for the whole game until overtime. He scored 19 points in overtime and ended with 40 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. They headed back to Oakland for Game 5. The Warriors won 125-121 and sealed a spot in the Western Conference Finals for a second straight year.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks: The Cavs dominated this series from the opening tip-off. They made the Hawks look stagnant in Game 2. They won that game 123-98 and moved onto the Eastern Conference Finals for a second straight season after sweeping the Hawks.

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat: The Heat and Raptors were very evenly matched throughout this series. The series was tied 3-3 going to Toronto for a crucial Game 7. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan took over Game 7 after having a sup-par series. They lead the Raptors to a Game 7 win, while Bismack Biyombo added 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Conference Finals: East/West (Mid-Series Review)

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors: The Thunder have been dominant in this series. They have jumped out to a 3-1 series lead and look to win the series Thursday night at Golden State’s Oracle Arena. The two stars on the Thunder have been the two best players in this series. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been absolutely dominant throughout the series. They have found scoring off the bench in Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters, and Randy Foye.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have been very shaky throughout the first four games of this series. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have not been themselves and it is showing. They had not lost back-to-back games all season until Game 3 and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors defense has been very shaky in the first four games of the series. They have allowed 72 points in the first half of the last two games.

The series heads back to Oakland on Thursday as the Warriors try to keep their season alive and the Thunder look to move on to the Finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Toronto Raptors: The Cavs jumped out to a dominate 2-0 series lead. Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love all had great games in the first two games. The series headed back to Toronto with the Cavs looking for the sweep.

The Raptors had very different plans. The duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan came to play in Game 3. They scored 52 out of the 99 Raptors points. Game 4 was controlled by the Raptors from the tip-off. Yet again, the Raptors backcourt showed up in Game 4.

Kyle Lowry, who was absent in Games 1 and 2, shined in front of the Toronto faithful. He scored 35 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and had 5 assists. Bismack Biyombo has really shined in the series. He has had key blocks and rebounds in the series.

The series shifted back a Cleveland lead on Wednesday after Game 5. The Raptors look to even the series count this Friday, when the series heads back to Toronto for Game 6.