The 2018 NBA Conference Semifinals is underway and starting to build momentum after finishing all of Game 1 matchups. We now go over the last three games of the playoffs and analyze some of the key moments of the matches.
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Celtics vs 76ers
After closing Round 1 in seemingly comfortable fashion, the 76ers were expected to defeat a Boston team coming out of a 7-game slugfest against the Milwaukee Bucks. However, this wasn’t the case after injury-plagued Boston faced the 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Surprisingly, it was all Bostin this time. Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum scored 29 and 28 points, respectively. The 76ers, on the other hand, didn’t display what was expected of the team who had just won 20 of their previous 21 games. Philadelphia looked messy on the defensive end, which is shocking to see as they are currently one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Celtics comfortably ended the match to win 117-101.
Raptors vs Cavaliers
LeBron James recorded another triple-double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to claim their first win against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.The 2016 NBA Champions managed to take Game 1 after the Raptors missed a number of opportunities to take the lead back during overtime.It was almost impossible to believe that the Cavaliers were able to get out of this rut with the performance they displayed, let alone the fact that the four-time MVP was having a quiet night. After trailing almost the entire game, the Cavaliers took advantage of a bad run by the Raptors and bagged a 113-112 overtime victory.
Warriors vs Pelicans
After being out for almost six weeks, Stephen Curry exploded off the bench to lead the Warriors to a 121-116 victory over the Pelicans in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. A sprained MCL kept Curry out of the picture for a while, but this didn’t hold him back. He scored 28 points on 15 shot attempts in front of his come crowd. More than that, he was able to make a significant contribution to the team in just 27 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant led the scoreboard with 29 points, while Draymond Green recorded 20 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. The Warriors now take a 2-0 series advantage heading to their first road game against the Pelicans in this series.