Chris Paul treats, Phoenix and Miami take off

The results of the night in the NBA

Sixers @ the heat : 103-119
@Mavs suns : 109-129

Miami Heat – Philadelphia Sixers: 2-0

As things stand, the Sixers are in no position to worry about the heat. We got confirmation of this last night, with Game 2 in which Eric Spoelstra players control head and shoulders. Absence Joel Embiid It’s clear he’s still throwing his weight on his team’s ability to be dangerous, but Miami looks collectively superior anyway.

The Floridians quietly won Match 2 at home, without giving the impression that they would have to or rely on their resources. Cale Laurie had not yet been activated but his companions quietly continued to offer him healing. Pam Adebayo (23 points), Jimmy Butler (22 points, 12 assists) and the substitute are side by side. Victor Oladipo (19 points) Tyler Hero He (18 points) did the job, providing the effort needed in the fourth quarter to nip any attempt at rebellion in the bud.

For the second time in a row, we’ve been waiting to see if James Harden will be able to be more aggressive in attack and enter MVP mode 2018 while waiting for Embiid to return. We are still waiting.

Harden definitely finished with 20 points and 9 assists on the clock, but at 6/15 and a departure Therese Maxi He tries to save his team from drowning. The sophomore was still level and finished his game with 34 points on 12/22, aided by Tobias Harris, a regular in attack since the start of playoffs, failing to make an impact on the other side of the field.

Statistics don’t argue in favor of Philadelphia for a turnaround. 18 times the Heat have led 2-0 in an NBA playoff series in their history, they have qualified for the sequel. 19 times the Sixers fell 2-0 in an NBA playoff, but they failed to turn the tide.

Joel Embiid, thank you, but no thank you

Phoenix Suns – Dallas Mavericks: 2-0

Jason Kidd tried to tickle all his players who weren’t named Luka DoncicAt the end of match 1. He risks doing the same after the second match against Phoenix, during which the Slovenian looked a bit lonely. It has to be said that there has been a real difference on the team level since the beginning of this series. The Suns put in their best performance in a few weeks during this second round, no matter what the Mavs can deliver.

For half a year, the Texans did better than withstand the shock, and even returned to the locker room with a short advantage and the impression there was a bullet to play. The second half, and especially the fourth quarter, the half in which the Sun’s team generally obliterated their NBA opponents, had an entirely different tone.

We’ll start running out of superlatives for Chris Paul, who’s just about to celebrate her 37th birthday but was still wild after the rest, especially in the latter period when we’ll end up calling CP3 time because he’s king there. If this game becomes one-sided and the scoreboard shows such a gap, it is because the Suns rule decided and acted accordingly.

Chris Paul scored 14 of 28 points in the fourth quarter, with six consecutive baskets that inspired Devin Booker (30 piasters) and his companions. CP3 finished the match with 28 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds on 11/16. This clinical game positively polluted the entire team, with Phoenix firing 64.5% (52% at 3 points), which is clearly insurmountable, regardless of the opponent.

As said in the preamble, Luka Doncic is still doing his best. After 45 points in the first game, the Dallas star had 35 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds at 11/22. Suns’ defensive talent led him to incur 7 ball losses and not get chances to change the deal when the gap started to climb.

It will take the Mavs to display something other than goodwill and Luka Doncic on the starting line in the next two home games. Otherwise, this chain is in danger of being accelerated.

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