Lakers Head Up 2-1, Heat on Brink of Elimination in Nightly Playoff Recap
Chris Paul must be the unluckiest superstar in the NBA.
He is clearly unhealthy and the Phoenix Suns are paying for it in a big way as they could not hang with the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Based on the level of play, this series could have looked completely different if Paul was healthy, but alas, this has turned into the Anthony Davis series, as the Lakers star big man has absolutely dominated the last two games handing the Lakers the 2-1 series lead.
Over in South Beach, the first round series between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks seems to be coming to a very quick end as the Bucks blew the hinges off Miami’s doors for a second straight game.
Down 3-0, the Heat look lifeless while the Bucks look like a completely different basketball team and one that should be feared in later rounds.
On Friday night, six Bucks players finished the game in double-figures, while Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points and grabbed 17 boards. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton had big nights of their own as the Bucks took a big lead early and refused to take their foot off the pedal for the entire duration of the game.
They will now look to finish the series in four on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the MVP was cooking up in Portland.
Nikola Jokic was absolutely unbelievable, putting up 36 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists as the Denver Nuggets squeaked past the Portland Trail Blazers by a score of 120-115. Austin Rivers came up big for the Nuggets with 21 points while Michael Porter Jr. added 15 points in the win.
Damian Lillard led the way for the Blazers with 37 points of his own, but it was not enough as a balanced Nuggets squad claimed the 2-1 series lead.
There are three more playoff games on the docket tonight as the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks will look to draw a series lead, while the Brooklyn Nets will try to push the Boston Celtics to the brink of elimination. In the night cap, the Dallas Mavericks will look to add even more pressure on the Los Angeles Clippers.
The NBA Playoffs roll on!