Nets at Sixers
7:00 pm CDT
The Nets were impressive in their game one road win against a Sixers team that looked a bit of a mess. Several key players, notably Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick and Tobias Harris really struggled in game one. Jimmy Butler dominated the ball and took 22 shots, which is probably not how the Sixers are at their best. They need to get everyone rolling, and they have plenty of talent. Putting it together remains the question. In any case, they are unlikely to go 3-25 from three again.
The Nets meanwhile used their depth, with six players in double figures in game one and 10 players in double figure minutes. The Nets’ impressive season continues. I don’t expect them to win this series, but they are showing what depth and good coaching can accomplish, even in the absence of stars.
Clippers at Warriors
9:30 pm CDT
Not much to say about this one. Hard to imagine the Clippers taking even a game in this series, though of course they could steal one along the way. The Warriors did what they do in game one, scoring 69 points in the first half and cruising to an easy win.
They have so many options that a guy like Klay Thompson can have an off game (5-14, 12 points) and you barely notice because Steph Curry is on fire and oh yeah, that’s Kevin Durant over there. The Clippers have no hope of matching this level of talent when they are locked in. They competed admirably, and got monster games off the bench from Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams, but it wasn’t close to enough, and almost certainly won’t be tonight either.
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