May 10, 2013
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There's nothing like having four NBA conference semifinals tied at a game apiece heading into a crucial weekend for all four series.
Where the first round may have lacked for drama, the second round has already made up for it in spades.
We've had a double-overtime thriller, brilliant individual performances a chippy and technical-foul-ridden contest, one of the great dunks you'll see and a subsequent 30-2 run.
Man, it has been fun and I doubt you will want to miss any of it this weekend. No worries, my friends as below, I've compiled your playoff schedule for the weekend so you won't have to miss a thing.
|Friday, May 10||Miami at Chicago||8 p.m. ET||3 (tied 1-1)||ESPN|
|Friday, May 10 ||San Antonio at Golden State||10:30 p.m. ET||3 (tied 1-1)||ESPN|
|Saturday, May 11||Oklahoma City at Memphis||5 p.m. ET||3 (tied 1-1)||ESPN|
|Saturday, May 11||New York at Indiana||8 p.m. ET||3 (tied 1-1)||ABC|
|Sunday, May 12||San Antonio at Golden State||3:30 p.m. ET||4 (tied 1-1)||ABC|
We'll start with the San Antonio Spurs taking on the Golden State Warriors, easily the most intriguing first-round series.
Really, this series should be 2-0 in favor of the Warriors, as Golden State gave up a 16 point-lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 and lost in double overtime.
The Spurs have had no answer for the Warriors' backcourt, as Steph Curry scored 44 points and added 11 assists in Game 1, while Klay Thompson went for career highs in points (34) and also added 14 rebounds in Game 2.
With homecourt advantage now in favor of the Warriors and the series swinging back to California, an upset looks like it could be brewing.
The Miami Heat meet the Chicago Bulls for Game 3 of the "Talent versus Technical" series. It's obvious the Heat are the superior team, but with a gritty defense and more than a few hard fouls, the Bulls managed to steal homecourt advantage.
For now, at least—it's hard to imagine the Heat losing another game in this series. Even if, you know, that Derrick Rose guy comes back. Has anyone been talking about that?
The Oklahoma City Thunder probably saw their title hopes go down the drain when Russell Westbrook got hurt, but don't tell Kevin Durant that. All he's doing is averaging 33.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in the postseason.
However, it was the Memphis Grizzlies who won Game 2 of their series with the Thunder, 99-93, scoring 29 points off of turnovers and outscoring the Thunder, 48-30, in the paint. It was a classic win for the Grizzlies, who want to win with defense and behind big performances from Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
The Grizzlies are really tough at home, so don't be surprised when they grind out a Game 3 win.
Finally, we turn to the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers. After the Pacers won Game 1, the Knicks were inspired by an Iman Shumpert dunk and went on a 30-2 second-half run to win Game 2, 105-79.
With this series turning back to Indiana, however, the gritty Pacers are sure to steal at least one win.
Game 3: Heat over Bulls, 108-90
Game 3: Warriors over Spurs, 114-107
Game 3: Grizzlies over Thunder, 95-94
Game 3: Pacers over Knicks, 100-97
Game 4: Spurs over Warriors, 106-103
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