On Monday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys break down the NBA Playoffs busy first weekend — LMA dominating, Beverley’s injury, whether the Pacers should bench Hibbert, the Spurs’ comeback, Paul Pierce, Nene, shot clocks, Big Al, and LeBron. All that, plus Bones, a tearful goodbye to Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, and a quick preview of tonight’s two Game 2s — #THUNDERGRIZZLIES and Warriors/Clips.
Shoutout: LaMarcus Aldridge went for a Blazers-record 46 points and 18 rebounds in their overtime victory over the Rockets in Houston in Game 1 of their first round series, stealing home court advantage like it was a really nice Wilson Jet Evolution basketball and it was the last day of his senior year of high school. Aldridge also hit two threes after making three all of the regular season, so maybe we should change his name to LOLaMarcus Aldridge.
Not so much: The Mavericks held the Spurs to 90 points and 3-17 shooting from three-point range, but still lost because Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis put up matching 4-14 for 11 points lines as Dallas dropped a really winnable game that they needed if there was any chance of an upset. Bad timing for two stinkers from your best players.
Biggen: Here’s Nene being huge, both metaphorically and literally.
24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, probably 10 other great passes that eventually led to scores, two steals and a block for the series’ x-factor. No surprise then, that Washington also took home court advantage with a win in Chicago, though it was definitely a surprise that they won considering John Wall and Brad Beal went 7-25 from the field.