5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Clippers Blowout Warriors, Grizzlies Stun Thunder

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zach randolphAnother unpredictable day in the NBA Playoffs.

A road team became the latest to stun a higher-seed in one of the most wild and exhilarating games of the entire 2013-14 season. In the second outing of the double-header, a home team avenged a Game 1 loss by running their opponent out of the building in a display of unquestioned superiority.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

VIDEO: Will the Referees Let the Clippers and Warriors play?

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whistleThrough two days of NBA playoff games, we have seen some horrendous officiating.

Blake Griffin basically got benched by the refs in Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers series. Dwight Howard picked up his 6th foul late in last night’s Blazers-Rockets game on an egregiously bad call. Four players ended up with DQs in that game, which lasted a ghastly 3:21, featured 65 fouls and made quite a few East Coast viewers a little less productive today at their jobs.

Is this what we should expect for the remainder of the playoffs? Or will tonight, with Thunder-Grizzlies and Clippers-Warriors making up the postseason doubleheader, auger in a new level of tolerance?

Of the eight games played over the weekend, five featured at least 49 fouls called. And in the Clippers-Warriors game, there was no foul called on Draymond Green when he raked Chris Paul across the arms with 18.9 seconds left, causing a turnover that denied the Clippers a chance to go for the lead. That non-call was so unsettling that the NBA issued a statement Sunday admitting its error.

The hope here is that the refs calm down and let the players decide the game. Now that we are in the era of video replay, and with the refs heavily reliant on going to the videotape in the final 2 minutes of games, there is a severe lack of flow that I find highly problematic.

That was one topic of discussion in this interview with Noah Coslov of CineSport.




5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Home Teams Continue to Struggle, Blazers-Rockets Goes to OT

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LaMarcusAldridgeSH1Day one of the 2014 NBA Playoffs wasn’t a mirage. This truly is one of the strangest beginnings to the postseason in recent history.

Easter Sunday didn’t spare anyone from scares.

On Sunday, April 20, two more home teams fell to lower-seeded teams. The two squads that survived both trailed against the underdogs relatively late in their respective games before securing close victories.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Home Teams Struggle as an 8 Upsets a 1

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395px-Paul_pierce_netsThe 2014 NBA Playoffs are officially underway! After just one day, predictions are being questioned and changed.

No one saw this coming.

In what can only be described as one of the most bizarre opening days in recent postseason history, the higher seeds struggled against their respective competitors. A No. 1 seed lost to a No. 8 seed, a clash between budding rivals was marred by excessive foul calls and another No. 8 came back from 25 points down to nearly stun another No. 1.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

VIDEO: Here is why Sheridan Voted LeBron James 2nd Team All-NBA

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lebronbaldWow, you sure can catch a lot of grief when you tell folks you voted LeBron James to 2nd Team All-NBA. I put that word out on Twitter at midweek, and I have been fending off venom ever since.

Hey folks: Here’s the explanation. Try to read through it and watch the entire video before tweeting your disgust, OK?

Actually, I find the selection quite reasonable.

First of all, the All-NBA ballot must include a center, two forwards and two guards on each of the three All-NBA teams. Second, I voted Kevin Durant first and Blake Griffin second on my MVP ballot. And since both are forwards, there was no room at the inn for LeBron.

Hey, that’s the way it is in a crowded house.