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Raptors oddly using Fields - with Nets putting Kirillenko on him, allowing great help defender to play in space since Landry can't shoot.
Having apparently not received the memo the Bulls are playing at home and favored, Wizards take 15-6 lead five minutes into Game 2
What the hell is Derozan doing? You can't pout like a 3-year-old in an NBA playoff game. Maybe something else to it, but looked like pouting
Landry Fields with some stellar D there forces Johnson into an air-ball.
It's your first playoff series ever, kiddo....get your ahh in the huddle
Wizards up 15-6 early. No way the Bulls were going to slow down Beal and Wall like Game 1. Beal already has 7 points. Wiz setting the tone.
The Bulls have NO idea how to deal with the Wizards’ wings switching assignments. NO clue. Many other teams figure it out sooner.
Wizards jump on the Bulls 15-6 614 left 1st Beal with 7pts
Vogel on PG's all-around game: "That's why he was in the MVP conversation early."
Bulls can’t get anything going offensively.
Seems like refs didn't remember that the foul discrepancy in 4th quarter of G1 came w/Raps fouling in final minute and have been making up
Vogel said playing Hill-Watson backcourt made in part to let Hill be himself but mainly to have speed to contain ball, scramble to shooters.
Last four possessions: Lowry runner; Anderson offensive foul, drawn by Lowry; Lowry 2 FT; Lowry causes Nets TO.
Clear Wizards adjustment early: Trevor Ariza is defending Jimmy Butler.
Rangers 3, Flyers 1. 2nd.
At the second intermission, the Flyers trail the Rangers, 3-1.
I think the Rangers have blocked more shots in this building tonight than the 76ers did all season.
Raptors have hit 2 of 15 attempts from 3pt-range/committed 20 turnovers (to Brooklyn's 8) and lead by 3. How? 48-26 rebounding edge helps
Say this for the officiating - both teams have been mad at them both games.
The back-and-forth of makeup calls has been dizzying, but Raps can't complain about getting a bad whistle ... yet.
Momentum officiating returns for NBA playoffs. Amazing psychological phenomenon.
Quicker look there by Hinrich to Noah rolling. Bet you’ll see Augustin also look for Jo sooner.
Vogel on Watson-G. Hill backcourt was a matter of inducing speed in the lineup
Noah already looks more active early -- on both ends. A good sign for the Bulls.
Deron complaining about not getting foul call on that drive. Looks like he did get hacked. But this game has been officiated inconsistently
The officials are on an 8-1 run right now in the Raptors game. Impressive.
Has to be Joe Johnson time after this timeout. Who guards him?
Kyle Lowry making up for the first 41 minutes in the last two.
Kyle Lowry is making all the plays.
Great job by Ariza stunting to Boozer on the nail.
Raps up 79-78 with 6:18 left. Kidd brings back Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and KG. Pierce still on bench with four fouls
That Lowry call was horrendous. But, again a makeup for the no-call on Blatche which looked like a good call to me.
Lowry bucket. Lowry draws offensive foul on clear-out by Anderson. Lowry.
That Beal corner three was a really bad sign for Chicago. Uncharacteristically sloppy D. Worried about other guys too much.
Dunleavy opens scoring for the Bulls.
Joe and Deron are coming back in.
6-0 Wizards start.
Refs might need their own security detail to escape the arena tonight... fans not digging the calls (or lack thereof).
Big moment in game. DeMar hits a J and is fouled by Anderson, misses FT, Raps rebound but DeMar called for 5th foul
bad call. His feet were in the restricted
DeRozan begs to stay in with 5th, Casey pulls him with 7 min left, in comes Lowry.
DeRozan to the bench with 5 fouls. 7:12 left, Raps up 1
John Wall silences the place seconds into Game 2 with a long jumper. Then Bradley Beal drops in a 3. It's eerily quiet here.
Dunleavy was open on that screen the screener action. Beal has to be careful. Lucky he missed.
TOR w/ 19 offensive rebounds. BKN w/ 16 defensive rebounds.
DeRozan has five fouls, which might not be such a bad thing. He asks Casey to keep him in, but Lowry in for him.
Luis Scola and Paul George to the podium for post-game interviews
DeMar DeRozan channeling his inner Paul Pierce after that made bucket!
Uh, it's time to bring the starters back in.
Shaun Livingston is one guy I would definitely pursue if I were the Utah Jazz.....definitely
BTW - Casey’s suit is a disaster.
JV bites again. Amir gets called for a block. Let Blatche have an 18-footer. It's cool.
Curious about the play-calling here in fourth. Eschewing pick-and-rolls for isos against stellar defenders?
Nets have 25 total rebounds. The Raptors have 18 offensive rebounds.
I'm with Kirilenko. Terrible call.
Raptors have committed 19 turnovers in back-to-back games for the first time in 2013-14
This Nets lineup is the weirdest.
Nets first fourth-quarter defensive foul of the series comes after 16 fourth-quarter minutes. Take it from here Twitter...
Casey thought his team would cut down on the turnovers. They already have as many (19) as they had in Game 1.
18 more turnovers. Raptors having major trouble adjusting to the playoffs. Were one of NBA’s best teams with ball in regular season.
Let's go Wizards. Do it for the guys who died to make this possible. For Jan. For Calbert. For Jahidi, for Chris Whitney. For God. FOR GIL.
The Flyers have three blocked shots this game. The Rangers have two blocked shots on this penalty kill.
Rousing national anthem from Amiya James, 10-year-old daughter of Bulls reserve Mike James.
Yikes! The Nets have 17 steals over the Raptors 1 in the entire game!
Also, Kirilenko has been terrific. Doing all the little things the Nets need him to do.
Raptors first offseason priority: lock up Lowry. Second priority: lock up Casey. Third, underrated priority: lock up Patterson
"Raptors playoff hopes hinged on Vasquez and Patterson" -- Warren Buffet couldn't have bet me a billion I'd write that on Dec. 7th.
I’m not framing it like Patterson is a franchise guy getting passed around. Guys move. Just curious if there was more to it. AK
Kirilenko has 4 steals in 12 minutes.
Tough one for the guys tonight as the Pacers take control in the second half and win 101-85. Series tied 1-1.
Nets still haven't committed a fourth quarter foul in the series. Let the conspiracy theories continue!
Hawks fall 101-85. George w/ 27/10/6/4. Scola w/ 20/7 off the bench. Millsap led ATL w/ 19/4. Teague had 14/5/4.
Greivis Vasquez leads all players in +/- with +11. Toronto's bench has a combined score of +22 while Brooklyn's is -34.
Jake Voracek wrecks shop in that fight. Somehow, after all of that, the Flyers emerge with a power play.
What is your dream scenario for this off-season? Draft Jabari Parker? Trade the pick for Kevin Love? Sign Luol Deng? Re-Sign Pau Gasol?
Raptors have to deal with the noise better. Can’t hang onto the ball because they can’t hear guys coming.
Pacers level the series at 1-1 with a 101-85 home win over the Hawks. PG had 27/10/6; Scola tallied 20.
Noah totally should've done the finger wag when Mutombo handed him the DPOY award.
Mutombo hands Noah the DPOY trophy. Fans go nuts.
Kirilenko, who didn't play in Game 1, is doing all the small things. Made a blind-side steal on a Raptors reb and then had off rebound
Dikembe Mutombo presenting Noah's DPOY award. Dikembe gives Noah a thumbs up instead of a finger wag.
OK now let’s switch to Wizards-Bulls, y’all. (Out of market, don’t get CSN).
Is it a matter of being one of those “Good enough to play, but still expendable” guys? Attitude? Just luck of the draw? AK
Joakim Noah standing at center court with his new DPOY trophy.
I know about going around the horn. Just wondering why it's always third first.
Where, oh where would the Raptors be without their bigs tonight? What a game for Valanciunas/Amir/Patterson trio
Game 1 wasn't as close as the final score indicated and this game will end similarly.
Mutombo is going to hand Noah the DPOY trophy
Serious Q for those who might know better: Why has Patrick Patterson, who can clearly play, moved around so much so early? AK
The shot of Dick Motta in the orange leisure suit gets me every time on that pregame video.
Big story for me in this game is Dwane Casey sticking with a 8-man rotation. Patterson, Vasquez and Fields only bench guys to get minutes.
Four screens for simultaneous playoff games, obviously. http://t.co/4AHsefycxA
Bench gives up the lead.
Why do catchers throw to third after a strikeout?
A couple weeks ago, Mitch Kupchak mentioned that the Lakers would take some time off before reviewing this season.
Wouldn't keep the starters on bench too long here to start the fourth if I'm Kidd.
Nets buying time for the starters to close, Raptors going all out to keep season realistically alive.
DeRozan hammered that down so hard, he nearly broke his hand.
This will be cool, Pt. 2: Mike James' 10-year-old daughter back to perform Star Spangled Banner. During regular season, she stole show.
DeRozan has to keep his man in front of him, particularly if that man is Alan Anderson.
DeMar just went VC
Demar Derozen. Get up young fella
BKN going w/ a 3-guys-who-can't-shoot lineup. Livingstin, Kirilenko, Plumlee.
Crowd: "Let's go Raptors, F--- you Brooklyn" and so on
Huge shot by Alan Anderson. Nets need a couple more baskets to give Johnson and Williams a decent blow.
Lineup to begin the fourth: Livingston, Anderson, Kirilenko, Teletovic, Plumlee. How long can this work?
4th quarter: Nets up 66-64 over Raps. Time for the young Raps to step up and come of age at home or go to Jurassic Park down 0-2
Name the Raps' ideal lineup right now. It's impossible.
Brutal Q for the Raps. Shot 33%, 0/6 from 3pt range, committing 6 turnovers. Meanwhile Nets made 9 of 17 shots, outscored Raps 27-19 in 3rd
This will be cool: Dikembe Mutombo here to present Joakim Noah his Defensive Player of Year award before tipoff.
Big 4Q ahead for Raptors, who trail Nets 66-64. They need a big effort from starting guards/wings, who continue to struggle shooting.
Dennis Schröder three-pointer in the playoffs? Dennis Schröder three-pointer in the playoffs!
Paul George's final line: 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals. That's a MVP-caliber performance.
Teams are a combined 7-for-32 from 3. Raps turnover issues have carried over.
3-man front court rotation of JV/Amir/Patterson: 13/22, 32 points. DeRozan/Lowry/Ross: 7/32, 21 points
This is exactly where the Nets want to be: two-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. We'll see if their experience wins the day again.
Now it’s the Raptors lucky to be within a bucket after three. Kingz of the fourth like in regular season, or the dogs from Saturday?
I love that Chris Copeland can't help but grin when the crowd erupts as he checks in
Pacers fans roar like the game is over as Chris Copeland heads to the scorer’s table to check in. Hoosiers love shooters...
At the end of 3, Nets 66, Raps 64. Very bad quarter for Raps, matching the Nets' very bad quarter in the second.
Crowd goes wild as Copeland checks in.
17 turnovers for Toronto. Nets have committed 5
Paul George’s night is done: 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and just one turnover...
Paul George ends his night with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 rebounds and four steals. One point shy of tying playoff single-game scoring mark
Lowry on the deck again getting Raps extra possessions.
Mirza had 11 points to end the half and gets his first one at the 1:27 mark for the Nets.
It needs to be a steady barrage of pick-and-rolls with one of the PGs for the Raps.
Giroux with a shot!
Paul George is now 1 point away from tying his all-time playoff scoring record
Johan Petro Saying Paul George dot mp3
So early at the could line Kyle Lowry was called for a disconcertion! That’s a first!
Luis Scola with 20 points and seven rebounds in 18mins, his best effort of the season off the bench. 4pts shy of a playoff career-high.
Hawks down big, but we do get PLAYOFF DENNIS
Got to love it. Fans in stands screaming at Mutombo while waving finger. He smiles back and waves the finger back at them.
Rangers' Dan Girardi scores on a slapshot from the point, beating Ray Emery over his left shoulder. Flyers trail, 3-1, in the second period.
It looks like Tyler Hansbrough's head is going to explode in these timeout huddles.
Sprint missed a big opportunity by not putting Gordon Gricek in these "framily" ads.
Paul Pierce has been limited to 19 mins & 1 pt with foul trouble, of course that just mean more Joe Johnson for Nets. Nice to have options.
The NBA’s coaches getting a rare defence tonight on their pick of Joe Johnson over Lowry for all-star game.
i miss hearing "24... 10... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HORN!"
Paul Pierce only has one point but they didn't bring him here for the first three quarters.
Mason Plumlee gave up three offensive rebounds on that possession. Joe Johnson and Deron WIlliams taking over on the other end.
So many thinkpieces coming tomorrow off of this game.
BKN has scored 26 points on only 17 3rd-quarter possessions. Can't seem to grab a rebound though.
Credit Lowry with that Nets turnover. He may not be having his normal scoring night, but he's still engaged.
A lot of costly miscommunication by the Nets on defensive rebounds in this one. Giving Toronto too many opportunities.
Raps hanging in on hard play. But they're just not getting stops or executing.
The Pacers needed this one so badly that no one should even throw shade on the fact they're overly pumped for a team beating a No. 8 seed.
Smart to go back to Amir over Valanciunas. JV/Vasquez combo means you’re dead defensively.
Joe Johnson doing a number on Raptors during this stretch. He has 12 points in the quarter. Toronto still biting on his pump fakes.
Joe is pulling out spin moves I've never seen from him before. He's showing off the full repertoire.
That's 7-time All-Star Joe Johnson.
Don't worry guys. Back-to-back 12-pointers and we'll be right back in this.
Pierce picks up his fourth with 3:36 left in third.
Moments b4 nat'l anthem, Scola spotted one of his young sons and they fist-pumped at each for about 10 secs. Clearly, this worked.
Joe Johnson is a problem. 12 of his 16 in the 3rdQ
Coach Bud probably won’t stick with his bench as long in Game 3. Not that it would have mattered much tonight.
If you're not using "Biscuits" as Greivis Vasquez's nickname by now, well, that's too bad.
Welp. Welp. Welp. Welp. Welp.
I'm pretty sure Dick Stockton was in Noah's arc doing play-by-play
Pierce with his fourth foul. Just over 3:30 left in the third. Of course that means three-point man Teletovic back in.
That's 4 fouls on Pierce. He'll sit for remainder of the 3rd
Great rotation from Scola there. This 2nd half has just been impressive.
Nets have been called for 16 fouls to Raptors 12; Raps should be at 11 after that JV block; Pierce picks up 4th
Offensive foul. Millsap just laughing now.
Why does Plumlee autocorrect to Plumless?
Another tough game for the refs tonight. Inconsistency.
Raps going crazy at every call. They're getting throughly outplayed.
Yikes, now Valanciunas cleanly blocks Plumless and gets hit with a foul.
Valanciunas has 11 turnovers in 60 playoff minutes (1 per 5.5 mins). He had 136 in 2282 reg season minutes (1 per 16.8 mins)
Joe Johnson is dominating.
Raptors lead the NBA in people of Asian descent inside the arena per game.
Tough sequence for Raptors. Plumlee was clearly holding Patterson on screen that led to Johnson bucket and JV travels at other end.
Tonight's officials for game two between Wizards and Bulls. Joe Crawford Bennie Adams Bill Spooner.
Pacers in the midst of a 34-8 run, lead the Hawks 89-67. They’re getting stops defensively then attacking…
Hawks need offense. Better put in Dominique.
Live-ball turnovers: TOR 10, BKN 1.
Scola is scorching.
Nets starters have been so much better than the bench these two games -- wonder if Kidd will ride them out.
Lou breaks the 19-0 Indy run and the Hawks 0-for-12 shooting slump.
For the first time since I can't remember when, Hibbert standing and cheering on Pacers bench.
Raptors looking frazzled to begin the 3rdQ, haven't gotten much from Lowry/Ross duo (combined 2/15 FG, 6 points). Nets up 3
Air Canada Centre is playing the 1812 overture. I kinda feel like that's not their song to play, if you know what I mean.
BKN had scored on 8 of 9 possessions before Pierce missed 3. 17-6 run to take a 3-point lead.
It shouldn't take too much longer for JV to realize he can't put ball on floor in post anywhere around Paul Pierce.
19-0 Indiana run right now.
Valanciunas not pleased with his fourth turnover. Felt he was hacked on hand. Shaking hand to show two refs.
Really smart and stand up defense by Mahinmi this quarter. Once Scola dropped out of pic, Ian was there to stop Millsap at the rim
Wait, foul on Millsap.
The Pacers defense is absolutely FLYING around right now. This is impressive.
Nets up 56-53 with 6:09 left in the third quarter. Brooklyn's first lead vs. Raptors since midway through the first quarter.
Pacers open up a 20-point lead on two free throws from George Hill. 10:06 left in this one.
This isn't about Kobe, but another great athlete achieving a historical mark: Pujolis hits 500th HR -- only 26 others have done that
The Raptors are teetering right now. Ross giving them little.
Lausanne tennis advances to regionals with last match win over St. George's. Grit grind, indeed.
George Hill hasn’t looked to score this much since January.
DeRozan unimpressed with help he received on Johnson in the post.
Lowry's first FG comes with 7:23 left in the 3rd quarter after missing his first six shots
This is getting ugly.
Lowry with his first bucket, a sweet slashing layup.
Korver still can't get his shot right.
Pierce and Garnett both have three fouls now. The Nets, though, are right in this despite cold shooting earlier, down 51-49
Do what it takes to find your swag, but this is what a team full of players who've NEVER been the man before goes through...peaks/valleys
Valanciunas with another double-double -- 10 points, 11 boards early in the third quarter.
And here come the Nets. Just too much at the same time.
Young man Garnett!
Amir utilizing size and strength advantage vs Pierce in the post. He's been much better tonight
Pierce picks up his third foul too.
DeRozan is just too hesitant. Dribble, shoot or pass. Don't hold.
Indiana was moving on a string, rotating out on shooters, and turned some defense into offense.
All tied up at 49 on a Garnett slam.
Pacers defense in that quarter was the most engaged it's looked in the series (maybe weeks). Like the defense from the 1st half of the year.
Funny how it got to where we congratulate someone by yelling at them and shoving them in the chest.
That’s the dominant 3rd Qs the Pacers turned in early in the season… Outscored the Hawks 31-13, held them to 5-of-20 shooting.