NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Dates, TV Info and Start Times for Monday's Action
Two of the most impressive teams as the playoffs began were the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers, who absolutely rolled to victories on Saturday night.
On Monday, both teams will try to replicate their Game 1 efforts, while the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies will look to make adjustments and, you know, actually make things competitive in Game 2.
Let's take a closer look at what each team in both series needs to do to win Game 2 on Monday, along with all of the schedule and television info you'll need to ensure you don't miss a shot, block or fast break.
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets, Game 2
When: Monday, April 22, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Watch: TNT; WWOR (Chicago); CSNC (Brooklyn)
Series: Nets lead, 1-0
What Nets Must Do to Take 2-0 Lead
If the Nets can shoot lights out like they did Saturday, more than a few teams are going to have trouble with Brooklyn. The team made 16 of 20 shots in the second quarter and for the game shot 55.8 percent in a 106-89 win.
The Nets need to repeat two things they did Saturday: Continue to score easy buckets in the paint (the team had 56 points in the paint in the first game) and continue to share the ball (the team had 18 assists in Game 1).
Of course, that will likely be easier said than done against a solid Bulls defense.
What Bulls Must Do to Even Series
What happened to that vaunted Chicago defense?
Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls can't afford to be beaten on the boards, outhustled or put up a lazy performance on the defensive end. All three things happened Saturday, a recipe for disaster for a Bulls team that needs to win ugly.
The Nets aren't going to shoot as well as they did on Saturday for the duration of this series, but the Bulls also can't get completely owned in the paint. The Bulls need to play like, well, the Bulls if they hope to even things up.
Prediction: Bulls win, 87-84
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers, Game 2
When: Monday, April 22, at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Watch: TNT; FSW2 (Los Angeles); FSS-M (Memphis)
Series: Clippers lead, 1-0
What Clippers Must Do to Take 2-0 Lead
Keep on crashing those boards—the Clippers held a 47-23 advantage on the glass and scored 25 second-chance points, essentially beating the Grizzlies at their own game.
The chances of that happening again are probably pretty slim, however, so Blake Griffin is going to have to play much better than he did in Game 1 (10 points and five rebounds before fouling out).
The Clippers also need to remain as balanced as they were Saturday, with seven players scoring double-digit points. Behind Chris Paul (23 points and seven assists), this team is truly dangerous when a number of players are involved in the offense.
What Grizzlies Must Do to Even Series
Aren't the Grizzlies supposed to be the team winning the battles in the paint?
For a team that allowed just 89.3 points per game (best in the NBA) and was 11th in rebounding (42.7 rebounds per game), the Grizzlies looked overmatched against the Clippers on Saturday. Los Angeles already has this matchup's best player (Paul) and far superior depth, so losing the battle in the paint is a fast way to get swept for Memphis.
Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 29 points but just six rebounds Saturday. That isn't going to cut it against the Clippers.
Prediction: Clippers win, 101-95
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