Yesterday’s action finished with the following results:
which is a nice positive step in the right direction.
Overall, after Day 12:
Hopefully the news gets even better today.
Thu Apr 30 2009
Game 1 – 7/BULLS vs 2/Celtics
If at all possible, the Celtics would prefer to end this series to night, rather than facing another Game 7 … only this time without Kevin Garnett, James Posey, PJ Brown and Leon Powe … against a team like the Baby Bulls with nothing to lose. This should be another hum-dinger decided in the final minute.
Call: Boston [2 units]
Game 2 – 5/ROCKETS vs 4/Blazers
Expect both of these two teams to be playing desperate basketball tonight, not just the Blazers who are facing elimination for the first time. Houston has been down this road before … and consistently come up empty. With Dikembe Mutombo in their line-up tonight, the Rockets would win this specific game by open lengths. Deke isn’t there, however, behind Yao Ming … and the Rockets two young PG’s [i.e. Aaron Brooks & Kyle Lowry] are the ones who will need to make the plays necessary to advance to the 2nd Round of the playoffs. Can they do it, when the pressure is on? It is going to be interesting to see; that’s for sure. Increasing the PT for Rudy Fernandez; shifting Travis Outlaw down to the SF position; and focusing the Blazers’ offense around LaMarcus Aldridge, are all solid strategic moves made by Nate McMillan to keep their team afloat in this series … none of which will do them any good this evening, if Brandon Roy fails to perform in the clutch like a superstar player. If Portland is going to survive tonight, it will be because Roy makes the plays they need to win this game.
Call: Portland [2 units]
Game 3 – 6/76ERS vs 3/Magic
Dwight Howard is suspended for this game. Courtney Lee is out with a sinus fracture, courtesy of D12. Facing elimination … the 76rers are going to win tonight; it’s only a question of by how many points.
Call: PHILADELPHIA [2 units]