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NBA Playoffs Day Five: Nets-Hawks, Blazers-Grizzlies, Spurs-Clippers

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Three more game twos in the NBA playoffs tonight

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Nets at Hawks
6:00 pm CDT
NBA TV

The Nets hung around in game one of their series with the East's number one seed, but were unable to overcome the Hawks clear edge in talent. The Hawks didn't shoot the three particularly well in game one, but still made 10 (of 30) to the Nets 5 (of 20) which should continue to be a real advantage for them going forward.  I expect the Hawks defense to do a better job taking things away from the Nets as the series continues, and it wouldn't surprise me if game one--a seven point Hawks win--turns out to be the most competitive game in the series.  Or I'm wrong and Brooklyn gets the upset win tonight. Who knows?

Blazers at Grizzlies
7:00 CDT 
TNT

Game one featured total domination by the Grizzlies, and the 14 point final margin does not do the game justice, as the Grizz were in control throughout, and led by more than 20 for most of the 2nd half.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 31 in game one, but it took an ungodly 34 shots to get there, and the Grizz more or less took everything else away while having a strong offensive game themselves.  They only turned it over 8 times and got a huge performance from Beno Udrih (20 points) off then bench to go along with Conley, Gasol, and Randolph combining for 47.  The Grizzlies have beaten the Blazers all five times they have met this season, and while I expect the series to be much more competitive than game one was, the Grizz are probably just too big and physical for a short handed Blazers squad.

Spurs at Clippers
9:30 pm CDT
TNT

The Big One. Game two of Spurs Clippers with the Spurs needing a win to avoid going down 0-2 in the series. The Clippers were really locked in defensively in game one, usually not their forte, rotating beautifully and not overcommitting, which is what the Spurs feast on. The Spurs will have to figure out a way to guard Chris Paul, who scored an easy 32 on 20 shots in game one and got wherever he wanted to go on the court. They completely dominated, shooting 51% while holding the Spurs to 37%, something we rarely see from a Spurs squad in the playoffs. I'm going to try to stay up to watch this one, though we'll see how that goes.

Enjoy the games tonight and chat about them here.