The Stack is here today with nothing but playoff basketball to talk about today so it's going to be a little shorter, but let's get right to it and see what's in "the stack" for today, Tuesday, April 23:
Bulls even series with Nets
In large part thanks to Joakim Noah who was playing through a painful foot injury, the Chicago Bulls evened their series with the Brooklyn Nets 1-1 following a 90-82 win. The series now shifts to Chicago and the Bulls have to have a great deal of confidence. Noah had a double-double as did Loul Deng and Carlos Boozer, but it was Noah's hustle and ability to affect play on the other end of the court that really helped the Bulls. What also helped the Bulls was the Nets having one of the worst third quarters in a playoff game we've seen. They trailed by one at halftime, but scored a paltry eleven points in the third quarter while the Bulls doubled that total. With the way the Bulls were playing defense, the Nets would need a miracle to win the game. Unfortunately, it did not come. What also doesn't help is when you shoot 35 percent from the floor and go just 4 for 21 from three. The game could have been much more out of hand had the Bulls not missed ten free throws. That is something that they have to improve on. Maybe it was just one bad game for the Nets. No need to panic yet. They can definitely steal one in Chicago. Game 3 is Thursday in Chicago.
Clippers win at the buzzer, take 2-0 series lead
Mike Conley was playing great on the offensive end for the Memphis Grizzlies, making life very difficult for Chris Paul. Paul knew he needed to make a play late and he did, driving in and making and off-balance shot to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 93-91 win over the Grizzlies to take a 2-0 series lead. The Grizzlies certainly brought it in game two after getting blown out in game one. They played much better defense and were far more efficient on offense, but what killed them was their free throw shooting. They went 23 for 34 from the charity stripe and unlike the Bulls, it cost them the game. Neither team made more than two threes in the game so for the Grizzlies, it's clear that their poor free throw shooting was a major culprit for them losing. As disappointed as the Grizzlies are, if they play like they did in game two at home for games three and four, this series may get tied up. Paul played great on the offensive end for the Clippers, scoring 24 points and adding nine assists. This Clippers team is fun to watch. Game 3 is Thursday in Memphis.
Three games on the NBA playoff schedule tonight.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Miami Heat 7:30 PM ET NBA TV (Miami leads series 1-0)
Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks 8 PM ET TNT (New York leads series 1-0)
Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets 10:30 PM ET TNT (Denver leads series 1-0)
Pushing thoughts on the NFL schedule to tomorrow and will have facts about each team's schedules starting next week.
Coming up tomorrow: NBA playoffs thoughts and NFL schedule thoughts