Here is a recap of the NBA playoff games that took place on Wednesday.
Bobcats vs. Heat
The Heat did what they were supposed to do by winning both of the games on their home court in their series. However, their mere four-point win on Wednesday probably was much closer than most would’ve expected. Much like the Bulls two-point loss on Tuesday, the 101-97 loss for the Bobcats has to be a heartbreaker as they now are down in the series, 2-0, when they nearly were able to tie things up at one game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the way for Charlotte with 22 points, and Al Jefferson added 18 of his own along with 13 rebounds. However, it wasn’t enough as the Big Three for Miami were able to put in 67 combined points, including 32 for LeBron James, 20 for Chris Bosh and 15 for Dwyane Wade. Along with Wade’s 15, he also had a clutch steal in the final seconds of the game, which was enough to protect the three-point lead that the Heat had at that time. The Bobcats didn’t go down without a fight though. When James mad a drive to the basketball in the final minute of the game, he was met by Josh McRoberts, when the two collided and James was sent to the floor and laid there in pain. However, he was able to get up and close the game out to keep their dominate series lead. Charlotte has certainly given the Heat struggles thus far, though things are not looking good for the future. The Bobcats have now lost 18 games in a row to the Heat, while Miami has won 11 series in a row when they go up 2-0. They’ll meet again on Saturday in Charlotte for Game Three.
Mavericks vs. Spurs
It might’ve been far fetched to think that the Spurs would sweep the Mavericks in their playoff series, so it’s not a surprise to see Dallas get a win. However, to get a dominant 21-point victory on the Spurs home court shows just how dangerous this Dallas team can be. The big story on Wednesday was the Spurs turnovers. They had 22 giveaways as a team, including three from Tony Parker and six from Manu Ginobili. Ginobili did have 27 points, though he was just one of three Spurs to score in double digits. The other two were Tim Duncan, who finished with 11, and Parker, who had 12. As for the Mavs, they showed that they don’t need a monster performance from Dirk Nowitzki, as long as he contributes. Dirk finished Wednesdays game with 16 points, but Shawn Marion added 20 and Monte Ellis had 21. Devon Harris also came off the bench with 18 points of his own. This is the way that the Mavericks will need to play if they want to win this series. The Spurs are one of the most well rounded teams in the league, but the Mavs proved that they can match that style of play. And when they did, they forced the Spurs to make silly mistakes and rack up tons of turnovers. Check back with sportspicks.com before these two teams play Game Three on Saturday, to see whether or not the Mavericks will be able to get two in a row against the top team in the West.
Trailblazers vs. Rockets
It took Portland extra time in Game One to outscore the Rockets on Houston’s home court. On Wednesday, they wouldn’t need the extra period to still rack up a ton of points to get out to the 2-0 series lead. The 112-105 loss is disastrous for Houston. They have now gone down in the series and lost both of their first two games at home, and they have made it clear that they cannot stop LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge followed up his 46-point performance from Sunday, with an equally impressive 43 points on Wednesday. Even with 32 points and 14 rebounds from Dwight Howard, the Rockets have shown they simply don’t have what it takes on the defensive end of the ball to stop the Blazers. Portland started the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, while simmering down in the second half. It took a bit for the Rockets to blast off, but they certainly did so in the second half of the season. Now, both teams sit at 54-28 but the Blazers are proving to be incredibly too much to handle for Houston. Houston still sits at 30/1 to win the NBA Championship, while the Blazers are at 40/1. However, those odds could turn around completely if the Blazers win Game Three on Friday night.