Monday, April 21, 2008

Recap of April 20th Playoff Action

Raptors - Magic

Dwight Howard totally pawned Rasho. No surprises here. Rashard Lewis playing good defence? That's a stunner. Rashard made Bosh earns his points from the free throw line and Bosh only managed 4-11 FG. Orlando looked unbeatable at the start, hitting its first seven shots and going 9-of-11 on 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Best Player - Dwight Howard. Totally dominating in the paint. Scored 25 points while grabbing 22 rebounds.
Worst player - A.Bargnani. Only 5 points from 28 min of action.

Celtics - Hawks

All Celtics starters were in double digit but none of them higher than 20 points. Celtics shared the ball and they shared the ball well. Garnett doubled teamed? kick out to Ray Allen. Ray Allen marked? Paul Peirce at the wing.Celtics were on a comfortable lead throughout the game and Hawks were simply out-classed and out-played.

Best Player - Kevin Garnett. 16 points and 10 Rb might not seem impressive but his presence were very much felt.
Worst player - Mike Bibby. Managed only 1 assist and 5 points. So much for veteran help.

Lakers - Nuggets

This game proved how important the Gasol trade was. If Kobe were shooting as bad as tonight in pre-gasol days, the game is pretty much half-lost. But not tonight, Kobe shot a woeful 9-26 shots but Gasol was big with 36 points. He played consistently well throughout the 4 quarters.

Nuggets had a bad start even before the game.Their team bus broke down. Iverson's ejection at the 4th quarter basically sums up their frustration. They didnt managed to score consistently and their offensive came in short spurts. Everytime they attempt a mini-comeback, Lakers would kill them off with their well-organised defence.

Best player : Pau Gasol. Had a career night in playoff with 36 point and 6 assists
Worst player : Kenyon Martin. Didnt contribute much to the game with only 5 points

Sixers - Pistons

Sixers springed a stunner of all stunners on Pistons. Pistons always had the knack of being too over-confident when met with lesser opponents.Tonight they let slipped a 13 point lead to let Sixers come from behind. Andre Miller had 20 points. While Igoudala might had struggled with his shots, he made several key plays to boost the Sixers.

Rasheed Wallace had a fine game , flirting with a triple double with 20pts, 9Rbs and 7 blocks. Billups scored 14, Richard Hamilton had 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting, Maxiell contributed 12 points and a career playoff-high 11 rebounds and Prince added 12.

Best Player: Andre Miller. Scoring when the team needed him the most. Outstanding leadership
Worst Player: Richard Hamilton. Not his typical shooting night. 5-17 FG

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