NBA Playoffs -- Checkin’ In on Game 5’s Plus Nats-O’s Too

THE NBA PLAYOFF UPDATE -- NOT EVERYTHING’S A SERIES SWEEP AS WIZARDS-CELTICS & ROCKETS-SPURS ARE ALL KNOTTED UP HEADING TOWARDS A PAIR OF GAME 5 TILTS …

THE BASEBALL REPORT: CHECKING OUT O’S-NATS

Don’t know if you’ve heard about or read about the stat regarding these second-round NBA Playoff games but now hear this …

In the first 15 games played in these Conference Semifinal round, 14 of ‘em have been decided by twin-figure margins … really!

Save for Sunday’s result North of the Border – see Cleveland 109, Toronto 102 to ensure the Cavaliers’ second consecutive series sweep this post-season – all of the other games have been decided by 10-or-more points and that’s forcing the NBA die-hard fans to merely beg for more competitive action in the immediate days ahead.

The NBA’s defending champion and aforementioned Cavaliers, meanwhile, are sure making a habit of sweeping playoff rounds this year (bested Indiana in four straight back in Round I, remember) but there’s building drama as a pair of series unfolds as the Boston Celtics versus Washington Wizards go back to Beantown tied at two games apiece and ditto for the San Antonio Spurs versus Houston Rockets’ set as that Texas two-step series returns to the Alamo City on Tuesday night.

Plenty to say about those upcoming Game 5’s in both of these series but first this very important hoops and hardball reminder:

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EASTERN CONFERENCE

On Wednesday night, it’s …

WASHINGTON at BOSTON – Series tied 2-2; Game 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

You probably didn’t believe what you were seeing in the third quarter of Washington’s 121-102 runaway win/cover against 5-point underdog Boston on Sunday evening … a resounding 26-0 scoring run that freaked out the folks at the “Phone Booth” in D.C. as John Wall (27 points and 12 assists) made a mockery of what had been a close game. The Wizards went from down 53-48 to up 74-53 faster than you could say Elvin Hayes (google ‘em, youngsters!) and if truth be told the Wiz kids have been the superior team thus far in this best-of-seven series and really should be up three games-to-one if not for some major overtime breakdowns way back in Game 2.

But that’s water under the proverbial bridge now and what you might want to look for here in Game 5 is Boston’s ability to get to the rim and get some whistles – G Isaiah Thomas was moaning after Game 4 that he didn’t attempt a single free throw in the span of 31 minutes but maybe Brad Stevens’ crew needs to connect on some wide-open triple tries as F Kelly Olynyk was a bust in this area.

(Note all home teams are in CAPS below:)

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

4-30        BOSTON         - 4.5                        Washington  123-111

5-2          BOSTON         - 5     (ot)        Washington  129-119

5-4          WASHGTON  - 5.5                Boston           116-89

5-7          WASHGTON  - 5                  Boston           121-102

WESTERN CONFERENCE

On Tuesday, it’s …

HOUSTON at SAN ANTONIO – Series tied 2-2; Game 5 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Even Rockets’ head coach Mike D’Antoni was stumped by the question following Sunday night’s rollicking 1235-101 win/cover against the 5-point road underdog San Ant Spurs:

How come after a regular season in which Rockets-Spurs were extremely tightly-contested matchups has this playoff round been blowout-after-blowout?

The Rockets’ two wins against the Spurs were by 27 and 21 points (see Game 1 and Game 4); the San Antonio wins in this playoff round came by 25 and 11 points and – if you happen to believe we are all “due” for a wire job or maybe even an overtime affair, note that the above-mentioned D’Antoni says it will all come down to making or missing shots … duh!

The Spurs didn’t do a terrible job shooting in Sunday’s loss (see 44-of-89 FGs including a 17-point showing by reserve G Jonathon Simmons (this cat’s good!) but it was the flip side of the equation that mattered as Houston canned 50-of-95 FG tries with D’Antoni’s decision to start reserve G Eric Gordon (22 points) at the start of the second half a major key ‘cause he found his own shots and opened up the floor for James Harden (28 points) and mates.

If Houston is now gonna “steal” Game 5 in San Antonio, then Gordon and fellow assassin Lou Williams must be stat-sheet stuffers while SA head coach Gregg Popovich needs someone to lighten the heavy load on All-Star Kawhi Leonard (note the Spurs were a minus 15 points with Leonard on the floor in Game 4).

DATE    WINNER     SPREAD      LOSER         SCORE

5-1             Houston                      + 6             SAN ANT           126-99

5-3             SAN ANT                     - 5.5           Houston            121-96

5-5             San Antonio              + 5.5          HOUSTON         103-92

5-7          HOUSTON             - 5           San Antonio  125-104

THE BASEBALL REPORT

Some quick-hitter comments in the world of MLB:

No doubt this has been a truly messy season so far for the New York Mets but the suspension of RHP Matt Harvey figures to send a signal that he’s “for sale” in the coming weeks. Okay, so the Mets are not gonna give away Harvey even though he’s been proven to be a major pain in the rump, but don’t be entirely surprised if there’s a “name pitcher” for “name pitcher” deal on the horizon (okay, maybe some added trinkets tossed into the mix from both sides) with Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann a possible trade lure for Harvey …

And, finally, lots of fun series early in this May week and we’re checking out the interleague beltway bash between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles – the back-to-back two games home-and-away set is gonna be great fun with the Nats going with RHPs Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the middle two games. Will Orioles 3B Manny Macahado take his sweet time rounding the bases after a dinger against either one of these folks? Doubt it!

NOTE: More NBA Playoff coverage in the next Jim Sez plus get our MLB and NFL Notes too.

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