Despite Kobe Bryant’s 42 points, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of their series on Monday night, ending the Lakers’ season and setting up a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. If you didn’t catch Monday’s game, here’s five things you missed.
After splitting a couple ofone-point games to open their series with the 76ers, the Boston Celtics emphatically won Game 3 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night by shooting 52 percent from the field while holding the Sixers to just 41 percent shooting. Since there was a mini Storage Wars marathon on A&E on Wednesday night, your plan was probably to watch that for a little bit before checking out the second half. But because the game was pretty much over at halftime, chances are you immediately flipped back to A&E for the remainder of the night. And when you woke up this morning, I’m guessing you regretted your decision and have spent all day wondering what happened with last night’s game. Well, luckily for you, I watched the entire thing and made notes on everything you missed. Here are my four observations.
Following the most successful regular season in the history of the franchise, the Clippers won a playoff series for just the second time ever by beating the Grizzlies in Game 7 on Sunday. This series was already the most exciting first-round series in this year’s playoffs even before it went to Game 7, so I’m guessing that many of you had plans to catch the game. But with Sunday being Mother's Day, there’s a good chance that you ended up missing it because finding a store that had flowers and cards for your mom at the last minute wasn’t as easy as you thought it would be.
Well, don’t worry if that was you, because I watched the game for you and made sure to document all of the important things you missed.
On Monday night, I took one for the team and watched the Pacers-Magic game while all of you watched the Heat take a two-game series lead on the Knicks. The next day, I filled you in on what you missed in what I described as the least-interesting first-round series in this year’s playoffs. Since I apparently upset somebody at Grantland headquarters, I was asked to do a similar thing with Wednesday night’s games. More specifically, I was asked to watch Game 2 of the Spurs-Jazz series — which I considered to be the second-least-interesting first-round series — and update those of you who instead watched Season 37 of American Idol.
Well, after watching Game 2 on Wednesday, I have to say that I was way off in claiming that the San Antonio–Utah series is the second-least-interesting series in the first round. That’s because after the Spurs ballooned their lead to as many as 38 points in the fourth quarter, the Jazz, in one of the most probable endings in NBA playoff history, came storming back to cut the lead to 31 before the final buzzer sounded. So yeah, the game was painfully boring and at halftime I seriously considered switching it over to Fox so I could watch Randy Jackson, that chick who wears too much makeup, and Jennifer Lopez try to pretend that the people singing in front of them are going to be relevant in five years.
But alas, I stuck with the game until the end. Here were four things I noticed that didn’t completely bore me.
Absent from that list of moments are just two first-round series — Spurs-Jazz and Pacers-Magic. And while the Utah–San Antonio series features a guy whose nickname is “The Big Fundamental” and a team from a place where liquor laws basically make it almost impossible for residents to get drunk, the fact that Indiana and Orlando have zero combined NBA championships and zero combined household names on their playoff rosters is why it is likely the first-round series that NBA fans care about the least.
Because the Pacers-Magic series doesn’t exactly demand your attention and because they played Monday night at the same time as the Heat and Knicks (and they played on NBA TV no less), my guess is that only 12 people watched Game 2 between Indiana and Orlando.
Luckily for you, I was one of those 12, and I’m here to give you an idea of what you missed by pointing out seven things I noticed while watching.