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NBA Playoffs, Coin Flips, Notes

Wolves get a victory over the Knicks, while actual basketball continues.

NBA: Playoffs-Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Three games last night:

The Raptors evened their series with the Bucks at one apiece with a 106-100 win that turned out closer than it looked like it was going to be. The Bucks answered every run and were right there with under a minute to play, but some Kyle Lowry heroics allowed Toronto to escape. It was quite a three-point shooting display by both teams: They combined for 25 makes and 48 percent from beyond the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to a 9-24 night, something the Bucks probably can’t afford. This is shaping up as a fun series, though since last night was broadcast on NBAtv, who could tell?

The Bulls took their second in a row over the Celtics in Boston 111-97. A nightmare for the Celtics, who were rocked by the death of Isaiah Thomas’ sister just prior to the series, and now find themselves in serious trouble against a team that is just relentlessly pounding them on the glass. Last night, turnovers led to several run-stopping easy baskets for the Bulls, who took control in the first quarter and really never looked back. This match up just looks bad for the Celtics, who will have to find their footing on the road in game three if they want to make anything of this series.

The Clippers answered the Jazz win in game one with a 99-91 win in game two. I admit I didn’t make it past halftime of this one, but the Clips were getting easy ones at the rim early with Rudy Gobert out, and wound up shooting 52 percent from the field for the game. Their three stars—Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan—led the way with a combined 63 points. The Jazz stayed in it with some good three point shooting, but their offense was pretty stagnant. Odd stat of the game: The Clippers took only eight free throws! In a home playoff game. Amazing.

Three more games tonight, on which more later in the day.

As we reported, the Wolves won their coin flip (which was not actually a coin flip) with the Knicks yesterday, meaning that if neither team moves up in the lottery, the Wolves will draft one spot ahead of the Knicks. Right now, the Wolves are slotted for the sixth spot and the Knicks seventh. We’ll be starting our look at the potential draftees soon, but this seems like a decent spot, whether the Wolves use the pick themselves or trade it.

That’s all I got right now.

Today in History

1451: Alam Shah of Delhi gives up throne.
1591: Chartes falls to King Henry IV.
1770: Captain James Cook’s first sighting of Australia.
1775: Shots fired in Lexington, first of the American Revolution.
1775: Paul Revere captured riding from Lexington to Concord.
1782: John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the U.S., his house in The Hague becomes first American embassy.
1837: Cheyney University forms as The Institute for Colored Youth.
1909: Joan of Arc is beatified.
1932: Bonnie Parker arrested in robbery attempt, but is released when an indictment fails.
1933: FDR announces the U.S. will abandon the gold standard.
1936: Great (anti-Jewish) Uprising begins in Palestine.
1948: Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China.
1971: Sierra Leone becomes a republic.
1972: Bangladesh becomes member of British Commonwealth.
1990: Truce agreed to in Nicaragua.
1993: 76 Branch Davidians die near Waco, TX after FBI siege.
1994: Rodney King awarded $3.8 million for his beating at the hands of police.
1995: Bombing of federal building in Oklahoma City kills 168.
2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI.
2011: Fidel Castro resigns from Central Committee in Cuba.

Today’s Musical Birthday

Murray Perahia, American pianist, born in 1947.