I am COMPLETELY in awe of Ja Morant's performance last night. He completely took over the game in the last 5 minutes and finished with 47. Just unstoppable driving to the hoop and knocked in some three's as well. It seemed the Warriors knew what was coming but were completely helpless to stop him. Grizzlies' game plan at the end: "Jump on Ja's back!!"
Oh well, by the skin of their teeth in game 1, the Warriors accomplished what you're supposed to accomplish against a very good team like Memphis: Split on the road. I could not for the life of me miss one minute of this series!! Saturday cannot get here soon enough for me.
Oh let me add: Dylan Brooks' flagrant II on Gary Payton II Monday night was the most dangerous foul I've seen in a long, long time. Complete disregard for Payton's safety. This just in: Payton has a fractured elbow.
Hell of a win by the Bucks last night. I was starting to worry they wouldn't overcome the loss of Middleton since he's typically been their closer. But Jrue stepped up, out-defended the DPOY in a pretty epic comeback. Giannis even nailed a 3. Win or lose, it's been a great series so far.
Happy birthday Johnny Bucyk - watta guy - from Shore and Schmidt to Bucyk, Bourque & Bergeron - I mean these names have almost always been on the B's roster since their 1928 inception
but it doesn't matter now
he'll be in the house tonight - of course Johnny was the longtime radio guy too - but for sure, best known as a player - up there in most of the team & league career stats -
the boys will be ready to burn the house down for the Chief tonight - all he & everyone else want to see is the 7th game - let's go Broonz
Indeed it has been PorkchopBob - less the coughup last night - that's a toughie - we had the game, but Mil is great and has played well w/out Mdltn, jus as we have w/out RW III
RIP Bob Lanier - a Very Good center w/Pistons & Bucks - greats like Randy Breuer & Paul Mokeski backed him up in Mil
They & their crowd will be ready to burn if they have a videotron tribute to Lanier tmrw nite
but so will we -
can't say I envision a 7th game in Boston, not after last night, that one is lingering - but as you say, win or lose, a great series & let's go Celts
I think everyone thought the Grizzlies - Warriors series was over.............until last night's complete disaster for the Warriors. A 39 point loss and at one point Golden State actually trailed by 55 points. And to think, Ja Morant didn't even play.
Warriors were out-hustled, out-rebounded, out-shot...........just out-played in EVERY facet of the game. And the turnovers were just ridiculous and embarrassing. Memphis Coach Taylor Jenkins exposed GS by playing two 7 footers together, Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson. GS just does not have anyone to contend with that. And speaking of Jaren Jackson..........this 22 year old has it goin' ON!! And I mean at BOTH ends of the court. Led the NBA in blocked shots this year.
Warriors better wrap it Friday night in San Francisco. After last night, the thought of a game 7 in Memphis is downright scary. In fact, after last night, the thought of ANY Grizzlies game is scary!
Wow, James Harden. Has there ever been a player that has a worse talent:albatross ratio than him? Even if he wasn't playing for his team's season, he should have at least been playing for his next contract. Bizarre. I wouldn't want him on my team's roster.
Meanwhile, this is kind of funny. I like Jason Tatum, but it's kind of funny seeing him repeatedly and purposefully land on his butt.
@porkchopbob: Harden 0-2 in the second half of an elimination game? Question is, why didn't Doc Rivers do something to address this? I'd be really surprised if Rivers is coaching Philly next year. But I thought it was a mistake when they hired him. Maybe the most overrated Coach ever despite his massive history. I'd also be really surprised if they keep Harden around.
Both game 7's on Sunday are massive, Milwaukee-Boston and Dallas-Phoenix. SOOO glad my Warriors don't have to go back to Memphis!
@robslob Sounds like Embiid doesn't want Harden around either. After over a decade in the league, I can't imagine a GM that wants to win throwing money at him.
I don't like Milwaukee on the road in Game 7, I was really hoping they could close out at home. The Bucks aren't a 3-pt team, so when the C's get hot from outside it's tough to keep up without Middleton as a scoring option down the stretch. Last night Tatum had the hot hand.
Well, not surprised the Bucks couldn't get it done on the road. Seemed to run out of miracles. I'm more surprised they took the C's 7 games without Middleton. If they had him healthy they probably would have won the series. But if a chicken had lips it could whistle.
Glad I didn't duck out of the Brewers game I was at to watch it. After the Brewers game, a bar at Marlins stadium kept the game and the taps on so a few of us could catch the bitter end (a few curious Miami fans stuck around to see who they'd be facing as well).
Fun series, Bucks are definitely a team that I won't easily count out of a game. I'm just glad they're competitive again. After George Karl dismantled the stellar 2001 squad, they'd been the face of mediocrity. Never doing really well, never fully bottoming out for a lottery pick. I'd started to refer to the 8th seed as the Bucksth seed. Gifting key players to championship squads along the way (Bogut, Stephen Jackson, Ray Allen). Look forward to next season, it's a fun team to watch.
Meanwhile, who would have guessed the Suns would set so early in the postseason? Hats off to Doncic, the Mavs made Booker and Paul disappear. GS-Dallas rematch should be a good one. Another Dallas-Miami finals rematch is a real possibility.
@porkchopbob: Pretty in awe of Doncic right here. I think he has to be in a class with Jokic right now for best two players in the league. That was simply a dominating performance by Doncic yesterday vs Phoenix but he certainly had help, Dinwiddie had 30 and Brunson 24. If Doncic gets help from his supporting cast like he did yesterday, Mavs - Warriors will be mighty fun to watch for sure! Could go 7. My prediction? Warriors in 6.