Mike Prada

Story of the game, besides Aldridge, is how there’s nowhere for Houston’s bad defenders to hide. Why I picked POR to win the series.

Mike Prada

The rest of the Rockets seemed so angry that Lin drove inside the line there.

Mike Prada

Fitting end right there.

Andrew Sharp

James Harden's playing like it's the NBA Finals :-/

Mike Prada

Rockets have to do all these funky cross-matches to hide Harden. Meanwhile, Blazers are besting on the offensive glass.

Michael Lee

James Harden might want to show up in his Anthony Davis disguise for Game 3 if he's going to keep playing like this

Mike Prada

Rockets now have Harden guarding Robin Lopez. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Mike Prada

Too much movement in these Blazers sets for Houston’s awful perimeter defenders to guard.

Mike Prada

Robin Lopez baited James Harden beautifully there. He’s done the same to many other players this year.

Mike Prada

This Blazers player’s shots have been on the LaMarcus all night.

Mike Prada

Batum’s defense really improved this season. Great job on Harden tonight.

Mike Prada

Momentary confusion between Robinson and Matthews caused that bucket. Blazers still struggling with their transition D.

Mike Prada

Terrence Jones has to provide more resistance on that closeout. Dwight shouldn’t have to hedge on pick and roll and recover to LMA.

Mike Prada

You can’t hide a bad defender on Portland. All their players can shoot and Lopez is a top-five offensive rebounder in the league.

Mike Prada

The Rockets’ defense is an embarrassment.

Mike Prada

After all that, it’s a tie game. Portland is really tough.

Mike Prada

Guessing Stotts closes small without Robin Lopez so he can play Aldridge on Dwight and stunt down.

Mike Prada

Let’s just turn this into a Dwight/Aldridge one on one game.

Mike Prada

Have to give LaMarcus Aldridge credit: He’s been willing to work for closer shots in both games this series. Doesn’t always do that.

Mike Prada

Spurs now switching pick and rolls, which is a very bad sign for them.

Mike Prada

This is amazing. Spurs can’t defend pick and roll at all, no matter how they try.

Mike Prada

Spurs never want Duncan to come up on pick and rolls, but he might need to take an extra step to contain Dallas’ ball-handlers.

Mike Prada

Really out-of-character shot by Kawhi Leonard there. Rare to see the Spurs lose their poise, but it’s happening now.

Mike Prada

Belinelli doesn’t need to sink that far off Carter. Surprised Pop has played him so much.

Mike Prada

Remember when Jose Calderon was a liability in this series?

Mike Prada

There’s the danger of going way under Monta ball screens. Kawhi sagged six feet off and Monta accelerated to the rim.

Mike Prada

Common foul on McRoberts for that? What?

Mike Prada

Why’d Mario Chalmers leave Kemba there?

Mike Prada

That’s why Manu Ginobili is great. Nothing’s working and he took over a two-minute stretch to get the Spurs back in it.

Mike Prada

Mavs were an aggressive trapping team on pick and rolls all season. Now, they’re hanging way back on pick and rolls. It’s surprising SA.

Mike Prada

Meanwhile, San Antonio’s conservative strategy defending pick and roll hurts against Dallas. Lets Monta et al build up a head of steam.

Mike Prada

These are unforced Spurs turnovers. Once you get San Antonio out of its normal rhythm, they get really out of sorts.

Mike Prada

I think the Spurs will get it together in the second half, but Dallas is doing a lot of little things to mess up their rhythm.

Mike Prada

Monta missed, but that was otherwise perfect execution of their “speed” pick and roll. youtube.com/watch?v=A7GERE…

Mike Prada

DeJuan Blair’s floater will never not make me laugh.

Mike Prada

Devin Harris is killing the Spurs. Big problem if Patty Mills can’t contain him.

Mike Prada

Another weirdly bad closeout on Monta, this time by Ginobili. No need to run him off the line.

Mike Prada

Jeff Ayers playing in a playoff game?

Mike Prada

Guessing Pop isn’t too thrilled about Kawhi’s angle on that Monta closeout.

Mike Prada

Dear Monta Ellis: the Spurs are giving you the open jump shot for a reason.

Mike Prada

I won't tell an athlete whether to play through pain, but definitely worried for Big Al.

Mike Prada

Very cool work here. Amazing that we still don’t track screens and measure their success. sbn.to/1tDql5O

Michael Lee

#wizards "don’t quit" after falling behind CHI in Game 2 - & how the 2 Trevors turned game around in 4thQ: wapo.st/RMgxbk

Michael Lee

ICYMI: Relying on Bradley Beal's scoring & Nene's guile, #wizards head home with 2-0 series lead on CHI after OT win: bit.ly/1riaJCA

Michael Lee

ICYMI: @Mike Wise marvels at how #wizards went from 19 road wins John Wall's first 3 seasons to 24 this season: wapo.st/1hk8JXl

Michael Lee

The others: Magic, Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Tony Parker, Carmelo, Kobe, Stephon Marbury, Harrison Barnes & Tracy McGrady #wizards

Michael Lee

With 26 pts in #wizards win over CHI, Bradley Beal became 10th player age 20 or younger to score at least 25 points in an NBA playoff game

Carla Peay

Barkley on the #Wiz, cont."I don’t know if they got enough experience to go deep in the playoffs, but I think they’re gonna win this series"

Carla Peay

NBA analyst Charles Barkley on the #Wizards: “This team is loaded. They’re good at every position. Nobody has to play well for them to win."

Mike Prada

(Teaser in the last tweet doesn’t really reflect the article, but still funny).

Michael Lee

John Wall won't let #wizards get complacent as series heads to DC: "It’s great to win 2 games on the road but we’re still the underdogs."

Carla Peay

It seems that Bradley Beal and John Wall have gotten over those playoffs jitters. #Wizards lead Bulls 2-0. pressboxdc.com/2014/04/23/joh…

Michael Lee

Randy Wittman has the worst winning % of the 90 coaches with at least 400 regular season games - but he's never lost a playoff game #wizards

Bradley Beal

Do the Nats play today?

Casey Philip

Check out what the Chicago papers are saying about the @WashWizards win last night. #dcrising http://t.co/lnu2rEeF2e

Mike Prada

I’m guessing Michael Smith submitted his MVP votes for Most Improved Player by accident? sbn.to/1hj2Md7 http://t.co/HYZcIoXKb3

Bradley Beal

Thank God for all of His blessings and for allowing us to see another day !!

Ted Leonsis

Study The Classics: "Slacker" dlvr.it/5T8MHf

Ted Leonsis

Really Smart Life Advice Here dlvr.it/5T8MDM

Ted Leonsis

"Tell Them To Come Out and Show Us Some Support, We are Serious Now" dlvr.it/5T8M8Q

Mike Prada

Raps-Nets was great. Amir Johnson was great. But Nets have to be encouraged that it took a huge DeRozan quarter for Toronto to barely win.

Michael Lee

Brad Beal was asked if Giordano's thin crust pizza helped him get 26: "Chicago pizza is not better than St. Louis pizza. I’ll tell you that"

Michael Lee

Randy Wittman on WAS going up 2-0 in a playoff series for first time since 1982: "I wanted them to be greedy." #wizards

Mike Prada

Here’s the Wizards blurb on today’s day-after feature. sbn.to/1pqcsIz http://t.co/JDfmX91UsD

Mike Prada

Our big NBA Playoffs day-after feature, featuring me on the WIZARDS. sbn.to/1pqcsIz http://t.co/oRvuCFUihS

Mike Prada

What happened in the NBA Playoffs last night, featuring the lead blurb from me on WIZARDS. sbn.to/1lEggjo http://t.co/ZheLze13oY

Chris Miller

Wheels down glad to be back in DC.

Mike Prada

Love this photo. Kirk looks petrified as #HouseofGuards close in on him. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports) http://t.co/Akv2tzZtFB

Kevin Seraphin

Even though I said I wouldn't post during the playoffs, that win we just got was crazy so I had to… instagram.com/p/nHzBFejTwE/

Marcin Gortat

Wiz nation!!! Come to the game on Friday and Sunday and help us win those games!

Marcin Gortat

Great win for us!!! Nene was unstoppable again!!!! I have to play better ... Glad TBook got my back!

Chris Miller

Hustle and Flow!!!!! http://t.co/15spMi4w4v

Mike Prada

Heading down to D.C. Thursday for the two home games. Never imagined the Wizards could close the Bulls out in them.

Mike Prada

To everyone: Yes, I know Ariza did great on DJ. But I think the Bulls overreacted a bit, could have gone to DJ more anyway.

Mike Prada

Really surprised Thibs didn’t give Augustin the ball much down the stretch. Was D.J. tired? And Butler was DEFINITELY tired.

Mike Prada

The Wizards’ two best players are 23 and 20, not 19 and 20. Close enough, Chuck.

Andrew Sharp

THANK YOU BRADLEY BEAL, I'M NAMING MY ALL KIDS AFTER YOU