The Cavaliers are 8-1 all time when leading a series 3-2, with the only loss coming in the 2006 conference semifinals against the Pistons — James’ second postseason series. Including his time in Miami, James’ teams are 9-1 when up 3-2 in a series. The Pacers, meanwhile, are just 1-12 in a series when trailing 3-2, with the only win coming in the 2014 first round against the Hawks.
There’s a small flicker of light for the Thunder behind a 14-2 run. With no Rudy Gobert on the floor, and Derrick Favors joining him in foul trouble, OKC has made a push to cut the lead to 13.
Mike Piazza Youth Jersey Quin Snyder took a big gamble going back to Rudy Gobert as the Jazz started to slip, and it backfired as Gobert picks up his fifth foul with 3:50 left in the third. And the Thunder are into single-digits.
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But this grade is based on the fact that Allen is likely to be a big-armed bust. The QB wasn’t worth the trade, especially at the cost of two second-rounders. The Bills drafted like a team set to return to the playoffs; their glaring weaknesses on the offensive line and at wide receiver should have been addressed earlier. QB desperation is never a good way to draft, and it led to a chain reaction that gave Allen and AJ McCarron little support.
As the Celtics continue to deal with a slew of injuries, most recently to star point guard Kyrie Irving, many pundits wonder if Giannis Antetokounmpo can carry the Bucks into the second round. The key will be just how many people Celtics coach Brad Stevens will end up running at Antetokounmpo. Will Al Horford, who figures to get plenty of time squared up against the Greek Freak, still have enough gas left to help carry the depleted Celtics offensively? If Horford can at least slow down Antetokounmpo, it will fall on Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe to pick up the slack.
Despite a frustrating up-and-down regular season, the late March return of John Wall makes the Wizards a dangerous team in a rather wide-open East. Washington is exactly the sort of low-seed opponent that no top squad wants to draw. The Wizards have a lot of talent but also a core with Womens Tony Phillips Jersey plenty of playoff experience. The question is whether Washington can pull itself from the general malaise it operated under for much of the regular season.