NBA Tipoff: Celtics, Blazers aim to protect home court after road wins

06 May, 2019, 03:41 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Blazers aren't worried Nuggets aren't satisfied

So there might be an opportunity for Rodney Hood, who scored seven points in the fourth OT, or one of Portland's big men to get a little more time Sunday.

But a foul by Mason Plumlee gifted two free throws to Hood, who coolly drained both attempts to take the Blazers 97-90 clear with 17 seconds remaining.

There's always a bold line in heckling that fans should never cross, yet at least one person one did at Pepsi Center in Denver during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets. Lillard's floater with 31 seconds left gave Portland a 102-100 lead, before Barton's layup tied it. Al-Farouq Aminu missed a 3-pointer for Portland with 6.7 seconds to go.In the first overtime, McCollum's layup tied it at 109 with 8.7 seconds left and Jokic missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Blazers' 140-137 victory in the Moda Center marked the first time since 1953 that an NBA Playoffs game went into four overtimes.

Milwaukee's 40 third-quarter points were the most scored by either team in a single period in the series. Forget about parsing offensive rebounds, turnovers, and 3-point shooting numbers.

Kanter was questionable to play to start the series after suffering the injury late in Portland's first-round win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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"If you think about the four losses we've had in the postseason, we're shooting 32% from three in our losses", Malone stated. Paul Millsap finished with 14 points. "We're at our best when he's on the floor, making plays for himself and for his teammates". After Jokic put up 37 points in Game 1 against Portland, the Trail Blazers elected to send double teams his way all night in order to force the ball out of his hands. We just have to keep shooting them, and those are going to fall next game.

Denver know the importance of defending homecourt heading into Game 3 in Portland, but the Trail Blazers will be aiming to cause an upset tonight. Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Blazers vs. Nuggets spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that's up more than $3,100 on its top-rated National Basketball Association picks.

The Blazers, in the conference semifinals since 2016, have won the last two games after second-seeded Denver's victory in Game 1.

With Jokic taking - and missing - just one shot in the first quarter and scoring six points in the first half, the Nuggets trailed 50-35 at halftime after the franchise's worst quarter ever at home in the playoffs, one in which they made just 5 of 23 shots and missed all 10 of their 3-pointers.

"Our defense was great", Malone said. Harkless did not return, but Craig came back in the second half.

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