The first round of the playoffs has been intriguing with the Rockets pinching a thriller from the Golden State Warriors, who were expected to sweep the series. The Cavaliers easily progressed through to round two by clinching their best of seven series against Detroit 4-0.
The big talking point right now is about injuries … and not just the great Steph Curry’s two week knee injury he sustained after slipping on some sweat against Houston. The LA Clippers are in disarray since learning Chris Paul will miss four to six weeks with a fractured hand, while Blake Griffin’s season is over after aggravating his quad injury.
Those blows for LA come at a crucial stage as well. Their series with Portland is tied at a game apiece and punters have left them high and dry, backing the Trailblazers to end the Clippers’ season.
The San Antonio Spurs have booked themselves a date with Oklahoma City after sweeping the Grizzlies 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs. The Thunder was forced to play an extra game against the Dallas Mavericks but did win their way through to round two with a 4-1 series win.
The Atlanta Hawks require just one more win over the Celtics to book their second round date, but they may do it tough with Boston holding the home court advantage in game six.
Thursday, April 28, 12:30pm (AEST) @ ORACLE Arena, California
Saturday, April 30, 12:30pm (AEST) @ AT&T Center, San Antonio