A triple-bouncing Kevin Durant three and an errant Carlos Delfino attempt of the same was the difference between a frightening potentially long series for OKC and the 3-0 lead they now comfortable enjoy. It was a fantastic game to watch, but a tough loss for us at the sportsgeek.com as either bounce would have given us the win. As great as that game was, it didn’t even come CLOSE to being the best game of the day…
The Bulls and Nets played just the eighth triple overtime game in NBA Playoff history, thanks to 5’9’’ Nate Robinson’s fourth quarter heroics. The backup point guard turned in a vintage performance on a Reggie Miller-Michael Jordan like playoff dramatic level, turning in 23 points in the fourth quarter alone to help the Bulls overcome a 13-point deficit and surge to a 3-1 series lead.
Today’s games likely won’t feature the same dramatics, but with both the Celtics and Lakers facing elimination, perhaps there is a little magic lurking out there somewhere…
Miami Heat -8.5 at Milwaukee Bucks
This series is over. But perhaps it was over before it even started. Despite Brandon Jennings’ prediction of the Bucks in Six, it appears the Heat might just pull it out…
Obviously, I jest – but it is still worth tuning in and seeing if the Heat come out focused (I’d be surprised if they blow them out early), or if the Bucks have ANY interest in the pride-factor of winning at least one game, or if they are ready to just call it a season. I am leaning towards the latter.
Miami’s Dwyane Wade remains a game time decision (you know the series is on ice when you are toying with the idea of “resting” star players DURING the series), but I imagine he will play. Even if he doesn’t, Miami has shown this year they are deep enough and talented enough to win regardless of the lineup. They’ve won every game in this series by double digits, and I like them to do the same today. Once they lock up this win, they’ll have plenty of time for rest while the wait for the Bulls/Nets winner.
Free Pick: Miami Heat -8.5
Denver Nuggets -2 at Golden State Warriors (Total: 212)
This series has easily been the most entertaining and competitive, and somewhat surprisingly after the injury to David Lee, the Nuggets desperately need to win Game Four on the road to have a legit shot at winning this series. If they are going to pull out the win, they are going to have to do a better job of containing breakout star Steph Curry. He has easily vaulted to the top of the “best player to have never made an All-Star Game” list (though I don’t think that omission will continue much longer).
Curry has averaged 26 points in the series, but that isn’t even close to the extent of his impact. His 11 assists per game (and over five rebounds) is becoming one of the best overall playoff point guard performances in recent memory. Defense isn’t the Nuggets forte; getting out and running and scoring a ton of point is – and so far the Warriors are beating them at their own game.
I am surprised they are two point underdogs at home in front of their frenzied crowd. Denver had a fantastic record, but their road record was under .500 by a LOT. I like Golden State today to take a commanding 3-1 lead (though this series is FAR from over… a word of caution)
Free Pick: Golden State Warriors +2