As the Rockets take on the mighty Warriors and unexpected results from Game 1 and Game 2 of the Celtics vs Cavaliers, this year’s postseason might tell another tale. Here’s a recap of what happened in Game 1 of the Rockets vs Warriors and Game 2 of the Celtics vs Cavaliers.
Celtics vs Cavaliers
The Boston Celtics now have a 2-0 lead over LeBron and the Cavaliers after closing another dominating game. Led by Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Al Horford, the Celtics had enough firepower to take down the dominating Cavs.
James had an explosive first quarter run against the Celtics, scoring 21 points, including four beyond the arc. James had to get off the floor in the second quarter after taking a shoulder to the side of his head but returned to the game minutes before the first half ended.
The Celtics slowly made a comeback in the second half of the game with the help of a handful of Cleveland turnovers. They made the most out of this opening and took the lead in the third quarter.
Despite LeBron finishing with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, the Celtics’ defense continues to stand their ground against one of the most dominating players in the NBA. On the other hand, Marcus Smart clocked in a total of 30 minutes on the floor, contributing 11 points with five rebounds and nine assists. While his numbers are no match to LeBron’s in this game, he managed to make a sizable contribution on the defensive side of things. Brown and Rozier had 23 and 18 points, respectively. Once again, the Celtics displayed a balanced attack.
Rockets vs Warriors
The Rockets have spent the entire pre-season hunting down the Warriors. However, the Warriors being the Warriors, it doesn’t matter who they face in the playoffs. Last year’s NBA Champions will surely not disappoint the fans. True enough, they reminded the Rockets of their dominance by taking Game 1.
Kevin Durant took the limelight after scoring 37 points. This was followed by Klay Thompson’s 28-point contribution and Stephen Curry adding another 18 to the scoreboard.
While the Warriors were cruising to a win, James Harden tried was trying to force his way in. But, his 41-point game barely closed down the scoreline. Chris Paul was able to put in 23 points while Eric Gordon had 15.
To prevent this series from ending up one-sided, Harden has to maintain the form he’s in and be as good as he was in Game 1. At the same time, he has to find ways to up the game of his teammates since the rest of the Rockets only scored 42 points combined on an unsatisfactory 39 percent shooting. More than that, they have to take advantage of Game 2 as they face the Golden Sate crowd on games 2 and 3.
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