It's the 2nd day of the highly anticipated NBA 2008 playoffs and guess what, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled-off a surprising victory over playoffs main-stay, Detroit Pistons.
It was a stunning 90-86 victory for the sixers. They did it with defense, limiting the Pistons to only 16 points in the final quarter. This was their lowest output in the 4 quarters. Andre Miller had 20 points and 6 assists, and 4 other Sixers scored at least 10 points. Rasheed Wallace headed the home team with 24 points and 9 boards.
Now, I believe that the 76ers can in fact steal the series from Detroit. It's defense that will propel them over the Pistons. Billups, Prince, and Hamilton can definitely shoot the lights out on any given night and so the Sixers' defense must always be tight on the shooters of Detroit. Winning one over the home team is a fantastic start but it never spells the outcome of the series.
Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the number one team, LA Lakers proved the worth of its major player movement during the regular season. Gasol, a 27-year-old forward/center acquired from Memphis last February 1 had a scorching game scoring 36 points on 14/20 shooting and 16 rebounds. Add to that is Bryant's 30 points. Damn! this Lakers squad is for real! I believe they'll definitely make it to the Finals this season. I can't wait for Andrew Bynum to get back on the playing court. The Celtics has their triple threat in Garnett-Pierce-Allen but the Lakers can have a quadruple threat in Gasol-Bynum-Odom-Bryant. How about that?! I'm really not a Bryant fanatic but I must admit, number 24 has definitely proven his stands as a player, a team player at that.
How I wish I could watch every single game of the playoffs! gggrrr!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 , Posted by dAVe at 7:13 PM