NBA Round Two Update - All Knotted Up 1-1

NBA Playoffs 2-0 Wednesday as Heat demolish Bulls and Warriors upset Spurs! Baseball 2-1, winning with Giants and White Sox

THE NBA PLAYOFFS UPDATE

  • THE HEAT GETS MAD AND THAN GETS EVEN IN ROUGH SERIES WITH THE BULLS

  • WHILE WARRIORS KNOT UP THEIR BEST-OF-7 SET WITH THE SPURS ...

  • PLUS WE CHECK IN ON PACERS-KNICKS & THUNDER-GRIZZLIES AS THEY GET EXTENDED BREAKS TILL SATURDAY

By Jim Hurley:

Just call the defending NBA champion Miami Heat "fightin' mad".

Last night's lay-down-the-law 115-78 walloping of the frisky Chicago Bulls by the all-business Heat not only turned out to be Miami's largest margin of victory in a playoff win - and the largest loss in Chicago's rich post-season history - but it painted a real-life picture of what NBA life can be like when LeBron James and Company are not in the mood to mess around.

Heck, last night's Game 2 tilt was barely moments old when Miami G Dwyane Wade fired the ball in anger at a rather startled Marco Belinelli after a hard foul and so the Heat proceeded to get mad and than get even - thanks in large part to six technical fouls rung up on Chicago (including the ejections of Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson) to go along with the three "T's" called on Miami.

Gotta a feeling that tomorrow's game at the United Center will be closely watched by the NBA big-wigs (including Commissioner David Stern)?

So, as the NBA takes an evening off tonight in this post-season following 53 playoff games in the past 19 days/nights, we're staring at four different conference semifinal round series that are tied at a game apiece - but it's that Miami vs. Chicago set that has folks wondering if this one's gonna blow the top off with some real bad blood basketball.

You'll stay tuned, won't you?

One pointspread note here:

As we take this one-night sabbatical from the NBA, it's worth noting that NBA Playoff Favorites and Underdogs remain practically dead-even with chalk sides at 27-26 ATS (against the spread) after the duly-noted 53 playoff games - that's a modest .509 winning rate for the faves and note we'll have our NBA Playoffs Pointspread Chart coming at you in the next couple of days right here at Jim Sez, so don't miss out!

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 MIAMI 115, #5 CHICAGO 78 - Series tied 1-1

Two quickie follow-up notes on this 37-point win by Miami (remember the Heat actually led at one point by 46 points!):

The aforementioned James only attempted 12 FG tries in the blowout Game 2 win and have to believe he'll be firing away up to 30 shots in Game 3 as he loves to answer the bell in hostile road buildings plus keep in mind that - yes, we've heard it all before - the rumor mill is cranking out more talk that Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (knee) will see his first action this whole season. Hey, that's what TNT's tag-team announcing duo of Marv Albert and Steve Kerr spent so much broadcast time on Wednesday night.

If Rose plays even a handful-plus minutes here, it could be a major emotional charge for Tom Thibodeau's team that shot a not-so-robust 27-of-76 (that's 35.5 percent) from the floor in Game 2.

Here's how the Bulls-Heat series has gone so far (note home teams are in CAPS):

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
5-6 Chicago + 13 MIAMI 93-86
5-8 MIAMI - 12.5 Chicago 115-78


In the other Eastern Conference Series, it's ...

#2 NEW YORK vs. #3 INDIANA - Series tied 1-1; Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

Hey, you didn't think Knicks scoring star Carmelo Anthony was gonna stop shooting now ... did you?

The NBA's regular-season scoring champ was getting verbally blasted from all ends in recent days after a succession of lousy shooting games (even Knicks part-time studio analyst Bernard King weighed in and said Melo was hogging the ball!) but went out and hoisted up a Game 2-high 26 field-goal attempts (making 13 of 'em) en route to a snazzy 32-point, 9-rebound performance that evened this best-of-seven set at a game apiece this past Tuesday night.

Now - thanks to the NBA geniuses and TV folks - we must wait till Saturday night for Game 3 in Indiana and so you wonder if that will give Knicks' guard J.R. Smith (3-of-15 FG shooting in Game 2) enough time to iron out his many shooting woes and if the Pacers can figure out what went horribly wrong in Game 2.

Remember that Indiana went from up two points to down 26 points in a proverbial New York minute (yes, a 30-2 Knicks scoring run). Indiana committed 21 turnovers in Game 2's 105-79 loss and the starting backcourt of George Hill and Lance Stephenson managed to connect on just 8-of-24 shots from the field.

Here's how the Knicks-Pacers series has gone so far (note home teams are in CAPS)

DATE

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

5-5

Indiana

+ 5.5

NEW YORK

102-95

5-7

NEW YORK

- 6

Indiana

105-79

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WESTERN CONFERENCE

#6 GOLDEN STATE 100, #2 SAN ANTONIO 91 - Series tied 1-1

Memo to the four-time champion San Antonio Spurs: You are getting old right before our very eyes.

Last night's stunner - now who really though the G-State Warriors were gonna have this type of bounce-back game after blowing a 16-point lead with four-plus minutes in regulation this past Monday night en route to a twin-OT setback? - proved that Mark Jackson's athletic team can pretty much do as it pleases against a Spurs bunch that was always one step too slow to react and never nearly quick enough to come out and defend the triple.

The stunning first-half display by Golden State guard Klay Thompson who drained 6-of-7 trifectas in the game's first 24 minutes en route to a 29-point half was mesmerizing stuff - the TNT studio crew was flipping out and Kenny Smith even proclaimed the first half to be the best pure shooting game he's seen in years! - and Thompson wound up his evening in the Alamo City with a game-high 34 points while backcourt mate Stephen Curry scored a somewhat quiet 22 points and nailed just two treys as San Ant paid a bit more attention to him in the early going.

Heck, even when the Spurs staged a couple of mini-rallies in the second half, shots by the likes of Jarrett Jack and/or Harrison Barnes seemed to suck the life from Gregg Popovich's squad that that shot 39.3 from the floor (that's 35-of-89 made FGs) and G Tony Parker failed to finish so many drives to the rim late that you got the distinct feeling he was gassed ... and that's not something these totally-in-shape Warriors can identify with these days.

They go now to the Bay Area for tomorrow night's Game 3 and - save for that late fourth-quarter meltdown in Game 1 - the Warriors have been much-the-better team this series. Right?

Here's how the Warriors-Spurs series has gone so far (note home teams are in CAPS):

DATE WINNER SPREAD LOSER SCORE
5-6 SAN ANTONIO - 9 Golden State 129-127 (2ot)
5-8 Golden State + 7.5 SAN ANTONIO 100-91


In the other Western Conference series, it's ...

#1 OKLAHOMA CITY vs. #5 MEMPHIS - Series tied 1-1; Game 4 is Saturday at 5 p.m. ET

Here's the $64,000 question when it comes to this best-of-seven set: Will the extra "down time" help one-man gang Kevin Durant get up enough energy so he can make those late-game shots that he canned in Game 1 but missed in Game 2 of this series?

Durant - who registered a whopping 36 points in that 99-93 home loss to the Grizzlies back on Tuesday night - simply didn't have the lift in his spindly legs late while Memphis PG Michael Conley had plenty of burst en route to his stat-sheet stuffing 26-point, 10-rebound, 9-assists game a couple of nights ago but the three calendar days between Game 2 and this Game 3 bash in Tennessee could be a major boon for Durant.

Let's also figure that Okie City head coach Scott Brooks - albeit operating these days without star PG Russell Westbrook (knee) has to get some inside scoring here in this next game as the combo of Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins managed just 15 total points and so there was plenty of reason for TNT's Charles Barkley to scream that the Thunder must establish itself under the rim or even a 40-plus point game by Durant won't be enough. Now, we'll see if Brooks was listening!

Here's how the Thunder-Grizzlies series has gone so far (note home teams are in CAPS):

DATE

WINNER

SPREAD

LOSER

SCORE

5-5

OKLAHOMA CITY

- 3.5

Memphis

93-91

5-7

Memphis

+ 3

OKLAHOMA CITY

99-93

NOTE: More NBA Playoff News & Notes in the next Jim Sez!

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