On Tuesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Kevin Durant’s first Most Valuable Player award, young Bradley Beal’s Game 1, poor Roy Hibbert, Chris Paul’s three-point barrage, and Scott Brooks’ line-up decisions. That, plus Nets/Heat and Blazers/Spurs predictions, Bones Thugs-n-Harmony, and some late-breaking coaching news.
Shoutout: Do you like three-pointers? Chris Paul does, which is why he went 8-9 from downtown — which was actually 8-8 at one point, before that gosh darn last miss — and finished with 32 points, plus 10 assists thrown in for good measure. This was all part of a Clippers beatdown that ended with a 17-point victory over the Thunder that wasn’t even that close. Home court means literally nothing in these playoffs.
Not so much: Speaking of home court advantage, Indiana lost it once again, mostly because they couldn’t handle Trevor Ariza and Drew Gooden. I mean, yeah, Brad Beal going for 25 hurts, but that will happen because he’s a future star. Gooden AND Ariza IN THE SAME GAME though? Ugh. Go away, Pacers. Cannot believe I picked you to win this series.
Proof: Maybe you don’t believe me about Chris Paul. Maybe you’re doubting that he was looking for his own shot that often. If that’s the case, just peep some of his first quarter highlights and realize I was telling the truth.
No big deal, just 5-5 from downtown in the first quarter alone. Oh, by the way, he only made five threes in an entire game three times this season, and never more than that. Awesome to watch when he’s looking to score.