NBA Playoff Recap: May 8th, 2010

2nd-seed Orlando Magic vs. 3rd-seed Atlanta Hawks (105-75)

After 2 games, I thought the Hawks were really looking forward to adjusting. But, they end up with another horrible setback. Now, they’re on the verge of getting swept once again. The 1st Quarter ended with a 10-point lead for the Magic. But, Dwight Howard was in foul trouble during the 1st and they should’ve put this to their advantage. Instead, Rashard Lewis was given open-looks and he drained many of those, shooting for 15 points through 2 Quarters, he ended with 22 points. And when Dwight Howard went back, he did some work and he just had a monster night. He had 21 points and 16 rebounds. (Talk about manhandling.) The Hawks, uhmmm? Jamal Crawford with 22 points and Josh Smith with 15. Joe Johnson, who hasn’t been playing great ball recently, finished with 8 points. Man, the Magic are getting those brooms ready.

This series is basically the worst in this year’s playoffs. And yeah, this is a 2nd-3rd seed duel which I thought should’ve went to 6 games or maybe even a maximum 7 games. This wasn’t really a contest. We saw the Magic clicking on all cylinders tonight, and the Magic were playing excellent on offense. The Hawks‘ high-energy was never seen at home. CONDOLENCES to the Hawks (again!)

1st-seed Los Angeles Lakers vs. 5th-seed Utah Jazz (111-110)

The Jazz started great, jumping to a 22-17 lead in the 1st. During the 2nd Quarter, Andrei Kirilenko made some quick key contributions after being injured for how many weeks. These contributions with 6 points and 6 rebounds. The Jazz finished the 1st half with a 4 point lead. Kobe finished with 20 1st-half points.

We saw Kyle Korver and Ron Artest in the 2nd half traded three after three. Korver ended with 23, shooting a perfect 5/5 from long distance while Ron finished with 20 points, shooting 4/7 behind the arc. Both were criticized by their respective coaches to slack off from threes. But, everything’s forgiven when they drop. So, the 4th Quarter comes to an end. Now, Kobe shoots a much-needed three, to tie the game at 106 with 54 seconds left in the game. Deron Williams fights back with a jumper to get a deuce. Speaking of Deron, he finished with 28 points and 9 assists. Derek Fisher kills the Jazz crowd with a cold-blooded three. Now, it all comes to one possesion where the Jazz can win it like last year’s Game 3. Deron tries a jumper, misses it. Pau Gasol, who ended 14 points and 17 boards, forgot to box out which paved the way for a Wesley Matthews‘ tip-in. Sadly, it misses. Game over Utah. Broom service is waiting for you.

PHOTO CREDITS:

1 & 2) Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

3) Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

4) Jonathan Ferrey/NBAE via Getty Images

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