NBA Playoffs Capsule Recaps: Semifinals Day Two

In last night’s playoff action, one team evened the score, while another went up 2-0 with both series getting a change of scenery for the next two games.

Game Two: (4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Arena

  • okc_logoFinal Score: Thunder 111, Grizzlies 102
  • Oklahoma City couldn’t risk losing another game to the Grizzlies at home and turned the tables on the Grizzlies by stepping up their defensive efforts especially in the low post. If the Thunder were surprised in game one, they are certainly ready now.
  • Thunder: Russell Westbrook 24 points, six assists, 3 steals.
  • Grizzlies: Mike Conley 24 points, eight assists.
  • Key Stats: After scoring 34 points in game one, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was limited to just 15 points on 2-of-13 from the field.
  • “They were just more aggressive, they came out and attacked us and just didn’t have enough fight in us,” Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said.
  • “We came out and competed,” Kendrick Perkins said. “Guys understand it’s the playoffs. It’s not about your numbers, it’s not about your stats. It’s about competing.”
  • The series is tied at one game apiece and moves to Memphis. Game three will be on Saturday at 5 p.m. EST.

Game Two: (2) Miami Heat vs. (3) Boston Celtics, American Airlines Arena

  • heat_logoFinal Score: Heat 102, Celtics 91.
  • The Heat big three outplayed Boston’s big four and took care of business on their home court going up 2-0, while the Celtics continue to look for answers on guarding LeBron James.
  • Heat: James 35 points, seven rebounds, one block.
  • Celtics: Rajon Rondo 20 points, 12 assists.
  • Key Stats: After scoring 25 points and sinking five three-pointers in game one, Ray Allen scored just seven points in 34 minutes for the Celtics.
  • “Feel good about it,” James said. “Series is far – far, far, far – away from over. It’s really just beginning for us.”
  • “Being down 2-0 doesn’t scare any of us, doesn’t make us nervous,” Allen said. “It’s just an opportunity to come out shining.”
  • Miami leads the series 2-0. Game three is in Boston at 8 p.m. EST.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.