OKC-Memphis, Game 3
MIJ (Martin, Ibaka, Jackson) Trio: 3.7 + 7.5 + 12.5 = 23.7
The trio needs to hit 30 for OKC to have a legitimate chance. Kevin Durant got help from Reggie Jackson and nobody else.
Game 1-3: 19.0, 0.4, 3.7
Serge is shooting 12 of 39 from the field. In last year’s playoffs, Ibaka shot 52.8%. Post-Westbrook, Ibaka isn’t getting his comfortable looks. And it’s looking uncomfortable.
16 points and 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Reggie did his part.
The reserves gave them just enough punch to keep the lead when needed most. Jerryd Bayless and Quincy Pondexter have hit big shots throughout the playoffs, but Darrell Arthur and former-Celtics Keyon Dooling provided 9 points to lift the reserve unit. On a night where Zach Randolph and Mike Conley struggled, the role players stepped up.
Durant can win one more game by himself, but this series belongs to Memphis and their grind-it-out, wear-you-down style. Memphis will take this series in 6. And a Memphis-San Antonio rematch will be very intriguing.
New York-Indiana, Game 3
Roy Hibbert is a force to be reckoned with. I love the clip of Hibbert warming up with that left-handed baby hook before the game (which he missed a few times in the clip), and then the clips of Hibbert hitting three of those tough left-handed post-ups against former defensive player of the year-Chandler. Hibbert not only dominated the paint defensively, but collected 8 offensive rebounds and scored a playoff-personal-best 24 points.
Ray “I did NOT make my presence” Felt-on, almost single-handedly lost this game for the Knicks. Felton knows he can’t finish when Hibbert is swarming the lane, and with a cold J.R. Smith, the Knicks offense is looking mighty miserable.
Hibbert-George Defensive Dominance
Paul George and Roy Hibbert are the best defensive one-two punch in the NBA today. Though Indiana is not much fun to watch, you have to appreciate their effort, their cohesion, and their hustle. The Pacers are a testament to the philosophy that a defense is only as good as its weakest link. And they have no weak links.
Pacers in 6 is looking mighty accurate.