5 Things for May 2nd: Pacers, Warriors, and Thunder Force Game 7’s
1. The Thunder and Pacers are high seeds in each of their respective conferences, but found themselves facing 3-2 deficits heading into last night's games. Both of them were able to force game 7's, but looked very different in doing so.
OKC looked very strong in a 104-84 romping of Memphis. Kevin Durant responded to some criticism with a terrific game. He was 11-23 from the field and 14-15 from the free throw line for 36 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 points as well.
Indiana, on the other hand, barely escaped. They trailed by five points with around three minutes to go. David West rattled off six points in the final few minutes to give the Pacers the lead. West, Paul George, and Lance Stephenson all scored over 20 points. Roy Hibbert put up a goose egg in just over 12 minutes of play, and Indiana needs to get him going if they want to have a long playoff run.
The Warriors were able to force a game seven on their home floor by beating the Clippers 100-99. Steph Curry led all Warriors with 24 ponits.
2. I thought the Bruins would pound the Canadiens, but Montreal got off to a great start in game one. They took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but Boston made a comeback. They got goals from Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to tie the game at two. Both teams traded goals late in the game, and they went to overtime.
One overtime wasn't enough, but P.K. Subban's blast in the 2nd OT gave Montreal a surprising game one victory:
Carey Price is a world-class goalie, and played like it yesterday. He stopped 48 of the 51 shots sent his way.
3. The Tigers start a weekend series against the Royals tonight. Rick Porcello will pitch against James Shields, who is having a great start to the season. Shields has a 2.03 ERA and a WHIP of 0.95. He also has a K/BB ratio of 41/9.
4. According to Jon Rothstein of Cbssports.com, 7'0" USF transfer John Egbunu is considering Michigan State. Egbunu will be a sophomore next season, and will be eligible to play next season. He will also visit Florida, Georgetown, and Arizona.
5. Days after being banned for life from the NBA, Clippers owner Donald Sterling announced that he has been fighting prostate cancer
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