Playoff Summaries - April 17th Games. Spurs and Lakers lose! Ha ha! Hee hee!

Let's look at what they're saying around the rest of SB Nation about the early NBA playoff action, on those blogs fortunate enough to have teams in the playoffs this year. Since the Suns aren't in it, seeing our rivals lose is the next best thing, right?

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs, Game 1 (best of 7 series)


1 2 3 4 Total
MEM 27 18 25 31 101
SA 22 21 31 24 98

Leaders
Points: Z. Randolph ( MEM) 25, T. Parker (SA) 20
Rebounds: Z. Randolph (MEM) 14, T. Duncan (SA) 13
Assists: M. Conley (MEM) 10, T. Parker (SA) 5

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 49 points as Memphis upset the top seed in the West, who were missing the injured Manu Ginobili. Shane Battier made a clutch 3-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 3 point lead with 23.9 seconds remaining. Richard Jefferson then missed an open 3 as time expired to seal the deal. How come Jefferson never misses open 3s down the stretch when he plays the Suns?

Spurs fans at Pounding the Rock don't seem overly concerned. "Spurs Lose to Grizzlies, and All is Well"

Grizzlies fans are, uh, wildly celebrating into the night? "Photo Finish: Grizzlies 101, Spurs 98"

Jump it for the rest of the summaries.

New Orleans Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers, Game 1 (best of 7 series)


1 2 3 4 Total
NOH
26 29
18
36 109
LAL
24 23 25
28
100

Leaders
Points: C. Paul (NOH) 33, K. Bryant (LAL) 34
Rebounds: C. Paul (NOH) 7, R. Artest (LAL) 11
Assists: C. Paul (NOH) 14, P. Gasol (LAL) 6

Chris Paul beasted for 33 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds. Wow! Jarrett Jack and Aaron Gray combined to chip in 27 points off the bench as the Hornets took game 1 from the defending champs. Pau Gasol was held to 8 points on 2-8 shooting from the field, and Kobe's 34 points were not enough to prevent the upset.

Lakers fans over at Silver Screen and Roll are crossing their arms and pouting. "We Are Not Amused."

Hornets fans are ready to erect a Chris Paul statue in the French Quarter. "The Chris Paul Show."

 

New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, Game 1 (best of 7 series)


1 2 3 4 Total
BOS
24 15
20
28
87
NYK
23 28
13
21
85

Leaders
Points: R. Allen (BOS) 24, A. Stoudemire (NYK) 28
Rebounds: K. Garnett (BOS) 13, A. Stoudemire (NYK) 11
Assists: R. Rondo (BOS) 9, C. Billups, C. Anthony (NYK) 4

Ray Allen hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left. The Knicks gave Carmelo Anthony the ball to try to tie or win down by 2, and Melo chucked up an ill-advised, contested, long-distance 3-point attempt that missed as the Celtics held serve in game 1. It was bittersweet to see Amare Stoudemire go for 28 and 11. Can't help but think of what he could've done on a team where the point guard is assisting him more than the 4 Billups provided. Steve Nash gets 4 assists in his sleep.

Celtics fans are hoping to avoid a heart attack. Game 1, Round 1: Where This is Gonna be Fun.

Knicks fans are left wondering about the trade for Melo, and bitching about the refs. Postgame Thread: Celtics 87, Knicks 85

 

Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 1 (best of 7 series)


1 2 3 4 Total
OKC
24 35
27
21
107
DEN
33
27 22
21
103

Leaders
Points: K. Durant (OKC) 41, Nene (DEN) 22
Rebounds: K. Durant (OKC) 9, Nene, Wilson Chandler (DEN) 8
Assists: R. Westbrook (OKC) 7, R. Felton (DEN) 8

Kevin Durant showed that he is one of the league's best players by scoring 41 points and pulling down 9 rebounds to beat a formidable Nuggets team. The Nuggets were ready to go, and Nene had an active, impressive game, but Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 72 points, and I'm not sure how that can be beaten.

Thunder fans at Loud City are not loud at all. "Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder, NBA Quarter-Finals Game One GAME THREAD"

The take at Denver Stiffs: "Nuggets at Thunder Recap: Free Throws, Strategy Doom Denver"

Overall, a fun day of action! The Lakers and Spurs played all year for their home-court advantage, and now it's gone.


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