|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAWhen all of the favorites when their games at home in the playoffs, is there really even much of a story?
With the shocking losses the Spurs and Lakers experienced in Game One, it was pretty much inevitable that they would bounce back and even the series. And the Thunder's win over the Nuggets looked almost effortless.
The San Antonio Spurs welcomed back star guard Manu Ginobili, who scored 17 points in the 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies won their first ever playoff game when they upset the Spurs in the first game of this series, but the team is not expected to win very many more games before the Spurs eliminate them. It was not a pretty win for the Spurs, but at least the series is back to even.
The Los Angeles Lakers did an effective job shutting down Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, not allowing him to dominate the game as he did in the first matchup. As a result, the Lakers came out with the 87-78 win. Kobe Bryant was not present much for the Lakers offense, but he played defense on Paul as if their win depended on it – and it probably did. Paul still had 20 points and nine assists.
The blowout of the night was the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Denver Nuggets. Denver had a tough time keeping with 15-20 points of the Thunder, eventually falling 106-89. OKC now leads the series 2-0, with the next game scheduled for Saturday night in Denver. Although the Nuggets kept Game One close, last night was all Oklahoma City.
The Western Conference is beginning to play out pretty much as expected. The Lakers may be the most vulnerable team for a first-round upset at this point, but even that is an outside chance. But the top teams are making adjustments and defending their home courts, while the underdogs pulled out a few upset victories to open the playoffs. But it remains to be seen whether the stronger teams will pull off a sweep or come back home up 3-1 by this time next week.