NBA Playoffs – Day 3 YouTube Recap – 04/20/2009

What would you say if I called the Celtics – Bulls series the best 1st round series ever in the NBA playoffs? Too early to tell? Maybe, but we are really close. I don’t know if I have EVER seen a better 1st round series my favorite team wasn’t involved in (you know, the games of your favorite teams are always better than the others).

Celtics – Bulls – Game 2

118 – 115

If the NBA playoffs where a TV sitcom like ‘Friends‘ this episode would be called “The one with Ray Allen’s dagger three”. It’s not like it was a good shot or that Ray was wide open…he faded to the side, but it just looked right and I’m sure it felt right to him.

What a shot!

Ben Gordon and Ray Allen where going at it the whole 2nd half. Both are crazy good shooters and they just felt it yesterday (well, Allen started doing his thing in the 2nd half, but he had the last word so he won, I guess). Ben Gordon scored 42 points on 24 shots. Think about that for a second. 6/11 from deep. How hot was he you ask?

Bullseye!

If you are looking for the game highlights, check out the video below or head over to the NBA homepage for a better quality version:

If you missed the game, you better get the replay or something, because this one was for the ages. Ben Gordon vs Ray Allen was a good old fashioned duel – a shootout.

Oh, btw, Rajon Rondo had a pretty impressive triple double: 19 points, 16 assists, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Am I getting crazy or is it normal not to be surprised to see Rondo put up superstar numbers?

San Antonio Spurs – Dallas Mavericks – Game 2

105 – 84

The Spurs took an 11 point lead after the 1st, but this time they kept it – not like in game 1 when they just called it a day and let the Mavericks do whatever they wanted to do.

The two key differences? Defense and Tony Parker. Why defense? Well, they held all but three Mavs below double digits and Jason Terry was the only Mav to break the 15 point barrier. Yeah, you read that right.

Tony Parker? Well, 38 points on 22 shots and 8 assists for good measure. 38 points – let me put this into context for you: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd scored 34 points…combined. If we add Josh Howard’s 7 points, they scored only 3 more points than Tony Parker alone.

…and the game recap:

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