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Maybe it is easy beating Green?
Grew up watching boxing w/my father in 70s, 80s so just can't call this fight of the century. Maybe 5yrs ago it would have been but not now
For those asking about JR Smith's suspension: He can only appeal to recoup lost wages. He cannot appeal to get the games reduced.
Meyers Leonard has already doubled his Game 3 playing time. No Kaman so far tonight.
O.J. Mayo on the United Center crowd chanting "O.J. sucks." "There's 22,000 fans in this place. If I can't hear that, I'm deaf.''
Beno stays cookin Steve Blake
Kuznetsov on Halak: "I understand this is a good goalie, but Holtby played better in this series. Holtby better. That’s why we have Holtby.”
Steve Blake: still yet to make a field goal in the series.
Jimmy Butler: "They played harder than we did."
Giannis after Game 5 win: "We're not going to quit. They've got to make us quit."
Im past the point of being more worried abt inconvenience or calm when unarmed people get killed needlessly and mercilessly every wk. Sorry.
Leading scorers in this playoff tilt are Meyers Leonard and Beno Udrih.
LaMarcus Aldridge: 4 pts, 3 rbs, 2-8 from field.
It's not ideal for neighborhoods to get burned down. But it's also not ideal to see/read abt folks get gunned down or bodyslammed needlessly
Meyers Leonard is playing for every guy who got the shaft from his coach somewhere
So many tweets of Meyers Leonard and how he has "endeared" himself to the Memphis fans
Jimmy Butler said he just thought the Bucks played harder than the Bulls did.
Reminder: Meyers Leonard had a 50/40/90 season. (Nevermind your statistical minimums. Small sample size is a myth.)
Leonard is 7-8 from 3 this series. Tony Allen hasn't hit 7 threes in, I dunno, his life? DON'T DO IT TONY
Meyers Leonard: 11 pts, 4, rbs, 1 asts, 4-4 from field, 3-3 from deep, in 9 mins.
Meyers Leonard is the difference right now for POR. Back-to-back 3’s. He’s got 11p on 4-4 shooting (3-3 from 3) in 8 min off the bench.
And finally, from Coach Budenholzer after Game 3: "It's going to be a series." Now it IS a series and the Nets have shocked the NBA.
Swear, every time Meyers Leonard touches the ball, there's a buzz in here before he shoots.
The Meyers Leonard Game
If it works….Meyers for three…Again.
Meyers Leonard carrying the Blazers.
Meyers Leonard really might challenge Wesley Matthews in that mayoral race after all.
West and I spoke regularly about Jax situation. You only know what u you were told by house men and house leaks.
Meyers Leonard is real.
Mike Budenholzer:"We go into the game w/ a lot of respect for D.Williams," he continued."A lot of respect for Deron & what he's capable of."
I always knew Deron Williams and Austin Rivers would turn it around.
Some of you said the Nets championship parade should go down 4th avenue. Interesting idea, but I’d be worried about a 2-lane road
Blazers hit 15 shots in the paint in all of Game 3; they've already hit 7 this game.
Downside of playing Meyers Leonard: Memphis can hide Jeff Green on him instead of LaMarcus Aldridge in small lineup.
Welcome back, Tim Lincecum!
Blazers didn't have a single second-chance point in Game 3. Have nine after first quarter tonight.
35 points for Deron Williams is the most he’s scored in a game since March 8, 2013.
That said… LaMarcus Aldridge did not play that quarter like he meant it.
Some really great ball movement from the Nets tonight. Bud opened up every damn page of that crunch-time playbook. D-Will -- WOW. Monster.
Boj.Bogdanovic: "I want to thank the fans that stayed behind us, supporting us, and I hope that next game they're going to be the same way."
The most Eastern Conference thing ever would be for Chicago, a game from facing a wounded Cavs team, dropping 4 straight to the .500 Bucks.
Meyers Leonard is definitely a thing that's happening here. 5-6 from 3 this series, 3/3/1 in his limited minutes already.
27-22 after 1. Dame with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists. Marc Gasol with 8 points for Memphis. Meyers and CJ with great energy off bench.
Blazers outscored Memphis by nine (17-8) after Leonard and McCollum checked in.
Barry Trotz's full response on the fan support for the Capitals: http://t.co/X0Tm86FvpB
Hollins on DW: "The kid has overcome a lot of adversity. He had a lot of adversity with the injuries & w/ the negativity around his name."
Blazers heart rate was finally high. Good finish to the quarter. Up 27-22.
27-22 Blazers after Q1. This is more like it.
End 1Q: Blazers 27, Grizzlies 22
Robin Lopez with a post seal (and tackle) leading to a Lillard lay up. Blazers lead 27-22 after 1.
Joba with that 2014 second half hangar right there to Suzuki.
Meyers Leonard is like the new People's Champ. Goodness.
Great shift by Leonard so far. Solid 1-on-1 D on Gasol, big rebound and kick out for a three to CJ and then a three of his own.
Wrestling's truly seminal, foundational figures make up a very small club. Verne Gagne, from NCAA to AWA, is absolutely in it. RIP
Man, if only there was someone out there who wrote that Meyers Leonard should be playing more...
Meyers Leonard: 3 points, 3 boards, 1 assist in 4 minutes.
Dame died on the screen even though nobody moved
"I was running through the Blazers with BENO"-- Dave Joerger, probably.
Beno The Blazer Killer is back.
Deron Williams on Lionel Hollins defending his play between Games 3 & 4: http://t.co/bOM1Zpi44f
Kyle Korver on DWill: "He played great. I played with Deron in Utah for a few years and that's the Deron I remember."
Meyers Leonard is my favorite Winklevii.
Another sign: "Stay LA"
Check that: 13-2 run by Portland. They now lead, 17-14.
Meyers Leonard's 5 minutes in Game 3 get more mysterious every second.
By the description of that surgery, sounds like a possible "blowout" fracture. That was the one that kept Larry Sanders out 6 weeks.
7-0 Blazers run since Meyers Leonard and C.J. McCollum entered. The kids are alright?
Meyers Leonard playing decent post defense and getting a rebound ... then an offensive board kick out assist.
Blazers with their first lead, 15-14.
It's almost like Meyers Leonard is athletic.
Beno Udrih is in. You've been warned.
Zach Randolph looks very reluctant to shoot. Have a feeling Grizzlies will need him to score in this one
I omitted the Wes Matthews injury from my Portland analysis They are no longer the Western Conference version of the Toronto Raptors
Henson might be the only Buck who's played better this series vs. reg season. Now averaging 9.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg. Big presence in 4th.
Confident Grizzlies advance from this series. But Mike Conley's facial injuries cause a huge deficit in next round. No pick-and-roll game.
Marc having lively discussion with Calathes.
Trotz mentioned a new era in Washington sports, praising the Wizards and Nationals. "And we'll get that football team straightened out."
Thibs sounds like a guy that wants to say so much more about what's really going on.
Rip City is into it.
Beno Udrih and Jeff Green in for Memphis. Meyers Leonard and CJ McCollum in for Portland.
Show-and-go from Dame.
First of 3 trains to get home to Little Jarrod http://t.co/mOGU8cQpRt
Meyers Leonard first big guy off the bench, heading to the scorers table now.
You give the fans t-shirts and they don't even wear them
Choo = .098.
Kid on the big screen holding a sign: "With LA."
What are the odds Monty Williams and Dwane Casey are free agents by the weekend?
Meanwhile, at the ballpark, Shin-Shoo Choo with a chance to go below .100.
The Trailblazers are the Western Conference version of the Toronto Raptors
Parents used to encourage their kids to grow up to be police officers. Given state of things now, would you want your child to become a cop?
I don't think I've seen a coach show less personality than Jason Kidd. But he's getting it done. Shows a lot of maturity for young coach.
Sucks Mike Conley won't be available for the start/most/all of the 2nd round against GS.
It's not the 1-for-9 start the Blazers had in Game 3 ... but 2-for-8 isn't great either.
It may well change, but Portland doesn't look like it wants this one.
Grizz open the game on a 12-4 run. Timeout, Portland.
How about those ZBo shoes, I got to get me some of those for the collection http://t.co/431i5FSgx1
J Kidd brought out best in teammates & is doing it again as a second year coach. Without a name assistant. A firing offense, in Lacob's mind
JKidd on belief level that they can win this series: “We got Game 6 (next)”, quite confidently
Nick hits 2 consecutive 3s DRINK
.... It has. Allow softness, play soft. This team is cotton candy right now.
What's happening in Baltimore disgusts me. A lot of blame to go around but there is no excuse for what I'm seeing. Heartbreaking.
With Lillard and Conley on floor at same time this year - regular season and playoffs - Blazers are -96. With Conley off Lillard on +14
Thibs has been warning his players and front office the entire regular season that the country club attitude would catch up with them....
The general mood in the United Center right now: Disbelief.
I billed last game as "The Nick Calathes Game." Guess I was a game early.
Trotz starts with a rare opening statement thanking the Islanders for a good series.
Why does Portland introduce Lillard as "wearing the letter O"?
Holtby, on only facing 11 shots: "It's not exactly a fun one to be in. Mentally, it's tough. I don't think I handled it very well."
Zombies can be fun sometimes.
Conference Semifinals will begin Monday no matter how long the first round series take in East.
Before replacing the injured Mike Conley tonight, Nick Calathes' last start came on February 12, 2014.
Big statement game from MCW. 22 pts on 15 shots, 9 ast, 8 reb, 3 blk and completely outplayed DRose. Biggest game of his life? I'd say so.
If you fall down on purpose on a jumper and don't get the call you have to sit in the floor until the possession is over.
So in 30 minutes the "Bulls about to pounce on the Cavs" twitter scenario becomes "Do the Bulls even get out of first round?" Funny.
Crowd brought it during pre game. Let's see if Portland can keep Memphis' brooms in the closet.
And Maxwell does it again!
For those asking, regardless of how long Bucks/Bulls go, Game 1 of semifinals is set for Monday
Bulls shot 7-30 in the fourth quarter tonight. Wow
Check that: Bulls shot 7-for-30 in the 4th quarter.
Resisting the urge to go eat my feelings.
Zach Randolph told me during warmups of Game 4, “I”m going back to Memphis after this, but you’re not.”
And footnote: I've been told Love's medicals had nothing to do with NBA's decision/timing on suspensions. Apologies for earlier speculation
A round of Fog Twilight at the presidio http://t.co/qhiuOg753V
With Milwaukee forcing a game 6, a potential G6 for Mavs vs Rockets would be Thurs. at 7p at AAC. G5 to stay alive, tomorrow at 7 on TXA21
We see you Nick, now get this done tonight Grizz so we all can rest a few days!
Bucks only forced 13 turnovers, but rotations were the crispest we've seen all series. Bulls missed shots, but not many open looks either.
There should be a rule that if you don't get 10ppg you can't talk to the officials.
First round growing on me
Henson 14 boards, Pachulia 10. Huge.
The Bulls shot 4-for-22 from beyond the arc. Rose was 0-for-7.
Legggggo win this game
MCW 22 and 9 on 10/15 shooting in the playoffs. Sixers fans at home waiting for their 2021 championship team http://t.co/Fde1Kc2yyN
Bucks ratcheted up tough D and simply made more shots. Regression to mean was coming.
Blazers may be mailing it in. Same anthem singer as Game 3.
Bulls shot 7-for-30 in the second half.
In comparison, Rose and Butler combine for 33 pts on 10 of 41 FGs.
Bulls shot 34.4 percent from the field. They had 13 turnovers. Bucks just wanted this game more.
Hawks and Bulls lost tonight yet idle Cavs biggest loser.
Championship caliber teams don't play like this in closeout games -- especially at home.
Toiugh, tough loss for the Bulls...Bucks held Rose and Butler 10-41 Bulls 34%fg Bucks 46pts in the paint 94-88 final
Carter-Williams and Middleton combine for 43 pts on 18 of 31 FGs.
Having watched Bulls all year, I really shouldn't be surprised by result. But to see them play this poorly in this spot is still stunning.
"What He's Capable Of…": The Deron Williams Story
Fun Facts: 1) Giannis blocked three shots in final six and a half minutes. 2) Bulls made three field goals in final six and a half minutes.
Bucks just bought the Cavs more time off. EC semis start Monday...
Possibility of Jason Kidd facing Nets in ECF still alive.
Nick Calathes starting at PG. Beno Udrih waits on the bench.
The amount of people who thought MCW was a chump was high. He's not.
That is some big time staving from the Bucks
Judging by Joerger's comments, he considers Calathes a better defensive player, Udrih a better offensive player.
Bucks win their 2nd straight, this one 94-88 at United Center and send series back home for Game 6 with Bulls now leading just 3-2
Gritty Bucks win 94-88. Now down 3-2 in series.
Bucks surprise Bulls (and the rest of the basketball-loving universe) in Chicago in Game 5, 94-88. Cavs to open East semis Monday.
Down 6 the Bulls shot a 2 not once but twice. Could you imagine if Randy Whitman did that?
Bucks win 94-88. Bulls lead series 3-2. Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.
MCW - 22 points on 10-for-15, 9 assts, 8 rebs Helped hold Derrick Rose to 13 points. Not a bad night.
Seems like the pointless quick 2 is favored by the worse coaches
This series is such good experience for this young Bucks squad. This team will be scary good in a few years.
I can't believe the Bulls played with such lack of urgency..Orrrrr, Thibs needs to stop playing his starters 40 min a night in December
G6, Bucks-Bulls on Thursday. ECF Finals, Cavs vs. ???, start Monday. MIL 94, CHI 88. Bucks halfway to becoming 1st to claw back fr 0-3.
Bucks show some fight. Deron with a throwback 35. This dull first round needed a night like tonight
Bucks win 94-88.
Sad part for Bulls is that they seemed to have more of a homecourt advantage in Milwaukee. This crowd was just dead most of the night.
Bulls lose at home for first time since March 9, ending a nine-game home win streak. Game 6 is Thursday in Milwaukee.
... and there should be a long line behind him....
This is just a great win for the Bucks. For the Bulls I'll let you pick your own adjective to describe the loss
No. 1 needs to look in the mirror.
Hello, Marriott. Yeah, I need another room in Milwaukee. Yeah, I don't believe it either ...
It was all there for you, Bulls.
Gasol screaming at Joey Crawford to review that play. Joey says no.
Tonight's Bucks-Bulls result means that Cavaliers' next series won't start until next Monday.
WHAT WAS THAT?
Calathes by no means some green player. He played in some very high-level EuroLeague playoff games and won a championship.
Bucks deserve all the credit tonight. They've played tough to the end -- again. Bulls just didn't have answers and got tight late.
Win or lose, Bucks defense and poise tonight (and MCW) have been tremendous. And this is why I voted Kidd my Coach of the Year
Jeff Teague on what happened in the 4th quarter: “Deron Williams made some shots. I’d talk to him.”
Calathes got a haircut since Game 3. I guess he knew he was going to get more run so he had to get cleaned up.
27 sec...left Bucks 94-88
Jeff Teague gives credit to Nets fans, says "the home crowd did a great job tonight."
Bucks up 94-88 on 2 Middleton FTs with 27.3 left. Bulls timeout.
Once again, game ball makes its way through the stands. Do they know where that thing has been?
Hush in UC.
Horford on Korver at the end of the game: "It’s not meant to be. If Kyle gets three shots, I’ll take him any day. That’s my guy."
I haven't been this nervous for a Bucks game in more than a decade ...
Bucks have 17 on shot clock and 29.6 left with 4-point lead.
Game 6 would be Thursday, I should have said.
Appears Nick Calathes will start at PG for Grizzlies. Udrih is dressed and warming up, though.
Whats more impressive how hard the Bucks wanted this win or how much the Bulls seemed to coast?
Giannis another huge block on Rose as he drove to hoop. Two huge blocks by Greek Freak down stretch. Bucks lead by 4 with 29.6 left.
Milwaukee 92-88 Bucks ball 29 sec -17 sec on the clock.
Game 6 in Milwaukee would be a 6 p.m. start, by the way.
It starts with poor point guard play ... the dominos then fall from there.
I think OJ Mayo actually wanted to take that shot.... time and score, my dude, time and score
So the Cavs look at the rest of the East . . . and smile?
Grizzlies gonna keep us up laaaate, so hope they go ahead and end this... http://t.co/hZifIuAD3W
HUGE block by Giannis on Rose’s drive. Danger time 92-88, 29.6 seconds left
Rose messed up...had Gasol free and clear on the roll
I like how ppl say "u bet not come to my [their hometown]"...like I'm doing club appearances & showdates! Or are yall stalking the airport?
If NBA playoffs were NCAA bracket, I'm still alive for 8-0 first round. But next round could be really rocky.
Gasol hammered again. Amazingly, a foul is called.
O.J. sucks call goes up again as he fouls Gasol and makes sure he doesn't get layup.
Noah’s begging to come in this defensive possession. Runs to scorer’s table
O.J.'s gotta be O.J.
Chatted w/ DeMarre Carroll postgame. Said bench needs to be better, too many sloppy turnovers & limit Nets' pace. Nets playing faster, key.
Nick Calathes starting at point guard for the Grizzlies. Udrih was listed as the starter on monitor/scoreboard all pregame.
One of the Bulls' problems is that Gasol is better than Boozer. So Thibodeau doesn't take him off the floor as much for defensive purposes.
Not only are the Griz shorthanded tonight, I left my reading glasses in the hotel.
Deron: "It's definitely gratifying to have a game like this at this moment in time."
John Henson coming up big down stretch.
If Bulls have to resort to 3FGAs to catch up, they're 4/20 from out there. Even if they don't, they are.
Deron said his teammates having his back "definitely fueled me tonight."
Pau complaining about the chair pull might have been Peak Muppet Pau
Restricted Area Shooting Regular Season: 59.4% Playoffs: 60.3% Paint (Non-RA) Reg Season: 38.9% Playoffs: 41%
In game 1, Rose got MVP chants. In game 2, it was Butler. Would be nice if one of them stepped up now, right? That’s what “House MVP’s” do
As much as it's been great seeing Rose attack on offense, his defense...