Turns out we hadn’t seen everything yet. The Rockets played nearly perfect basketball in a record 45-point first quarter and held on to stay alive in the West. In a postseason memorable mostly for injuries, it sure looked as if Stephen Curry $10400 was the latest victim after a terrifying fall.
The NBA Conference Finals tip off tonight. DraftKings fantasy contests close at 9:00 Eastern but will not be decided until tomorrow night.
On your mark, get set, go! Track meet, drag race, whatever analogy you like, the Western Conference finals between the top-seeded Golden State Warriors and second-seeded Houston Rockets should be played at a breakneck pace by a pair of teams who are attempting to change the paradigm of NBA offenses. During the regular season, the Warriors led the league in points per game, overall shooting and 3-point shooting. They were second in threes made and scored at least 110 points 40 times,
We’re down to the NBA version of the Final Four. “Daily” Fantasy Sports becomes a two-day event the rest of the way; DraftKings has set salaries for contests that close at 9:00 Eastern on Tuesday and conclude with Wednesday night’s game.
The Bulls are out, but Houston staged an incredible fourth-quarter comeback in L.A. to stay alive, with a good chance to become one of the rare teams to win an NBA playoff series after trailing 3-1. Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Corey Brewer were simply amazing down the stretch.
Sunday went almost as expected, though it wasn’t the greatest basketball. The Cavaliers won ugly (86-84) to regain home-court advantage, then the Rockets made a mockery of their game by sending DeAndre Jordan to the foul line 34 times. It looks good on Kevin McHale that they lost by 33.
Monday night began with a mild surprise — the Bulls won in Cleveland as Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler were superb.
Many of you are very much alive in “daily” contests that closed at 8:00 on Friday and conclude tonight.