Injuries have dominated the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs so far.
Both teams participating in the 2021 finals will miss star players for the remainder of the first round of the playoffs.
The Suns will face the Pelicans in Game 4 in New Orleans, which does not have star Devin Booker, who is ruled out with a hamstring injury. The Bucks were in the same boat with Khris Middleton, who missed Game 4 against the Bulls in Chicago due to a sprain in the MCL. Despite Middleton missing, the Bucks beat the Bulls 119-95 on Sunday.
The Golden State Warriors were leading the way after Steph Curry returned to the lineup, but were unable to complete the Denver Nuggets’ series sweep. No team has ever crossed a 3–0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.
Sunday’s action is completed by Game 4 between the Hawks and the Heat in Atlanta, which is likely to be without Kyle Lowry following a hamstring injury. Miami leads 2-1.
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Stephen A. Smith reprimands Ben Simmons
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith lashed out at Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons after the team dropped him for Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on Monday.
“I feel bad for anyone who was his teammate,” Smith said of Simmons’ situation during halftime of the Golden State-Denver game on Sunday. “He left at LSU. He left at the Philadelphia 76ers. And now, he’s not showing for the Brooklyn Nets. We can tell all excuses, all the logic behind it all we want. I remember him not playing. Despite this, he still filed a complaint to collect $20 million that he had not earned.”
It was 46 seconds of fire from Smith.
There was talk that Simmons was targeting Game 4 for the start of his season, but that’s not happening. Boston dominated the series and took a 3–0 lead in the series.
Heat half to command series lead
Miami’s Jimmy Butler held on with 13 points in the second quarter, and a 15-0 run late in the second quarter helped the Heat to 55-41 at halftime against Atlanta. The Heat are looking to take a 3-1 lead in the series without the injured Kyle Lowry. Butler has 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, two stalls and one block. DeAndre Hunter led the Hawks with 11 points, and Trae Young had six points on a 2-for-7 shooting.
Avoid the Nuggets Sweep Vs Warriors
Denver’s Nikola Jokic may or may not win his second consecutive MVP. He is awesome either way. Jokic had 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists and helped the Nuggets avoid a sweep in Game 4 with a 126–121 win over Golden State. The Warriors can kick off the series at home on Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET, TNT).
Will Barton hit a huge corner 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds to put the Nuggets ahead 126-121.
Jokic had also helped: Monte Morris scored 24 points, including a forward floater, Aaron Gordon had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists, and rookie Bones Highland had 15 points off the bench.
Golden State’s Steph Curry had an odd game with XX points as well. He was 10-for-23 off the field, just 3-for-11 on 3s, missed four free throws in a game for the first time in his NBA career, but had 15 points in the fourth quarter when the Warriors needed his offense. Was.
Klay Thompson had 32 points on 12-for-20 shooting, including 3-s at 3-for-11.
Overall, the Warriors shot the ball well at 50% off the field, 35.3% on 3s and 71.9% from the foul line – not quite as good as Denver’s 56.2%, 48.4% and 80.6%.
Game 4. I have no lullaby for the heat
Miami guard Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) was listed in the official injury report as a suspect for Game 4 against Atlanta on Sunday, and just before tip-off, the Heat ruled him out. The Heat have a 2–1 series lead but lost Game 3 where Lowry was out of the game late in the third quarter and did not return.
Nuggets trying to avoid elimination
Denver All-Star Nikola Jokic scored 22 points and seven rebounds in the first half against Golden State to help the Nuggets take a 63-52 halftime lead with their season on the line. Down 3–0 in the series, Denver had its best half of the series. Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland each had 11 points for the Nuggets who shot 48.7% off the field and 41.2% at 3-pointers.
One oddity: Steph Curry – just 1-for-6 on 3s – missed consecutive free throws late in the second quarter. Andrew Wiggins had 14 points for the Warriors, who scored 15 runs for 4 for 3 in the opening half. Klay Thompson (10 points) of Golden State picked up his fourth foul with .5 seconds in the half.
Nets. for no simmons in game 4
There was some talk that Brooklyn’s Ben Simmons would start the season in Game 4 against Boston. However, the Nets, who trailed the Celtics 3–0 in the first-round series, pulled them out of Monday’s game with a backache/return to competition. The way the Nets are playing (not well), it doesn’t make sense for them to put Simmons on the line with his season in that position. It’s a lot of pressure for a player who hasn’t played the entire season.
VanVleet Game 5 . suspect of
Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, a key part of its success, is doubtful for Game 5 against Philadelphia on Monday (8 p.m., NBA TV). VanVleet sustained a strained left hip in the second quarter of the Raptors’ 110-102 Game 4 win on Saturday. The Raptors, down 3-1 in the series, have been battered by health issues throughout the series.
Quick conclusion from Bucks Game 4 win
One team has Giannis Antetokounmpo and the other team does not. The Bucks star had 32 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, leading Milwaukee to a 119–95 victory over Chicago in Game 4. The Bucks have a 3-1 series lead and the Bulls could finish Wednesday in Milwaukee.
The Bucks used 3-pointers – primarily from Grayson Allen (playoff career-high 27 points) and Jure Holiday (26 points). Allen made 10-for-12 shots from the field, including 6-for-7 at 3. , and Holiday made a 5-for-8 on 3. With Khris Middleton injured, Allen has stepped up. He had 22 points in Game 3 and is the first Bucks player to score at least five 3-pointers in consecutive playoff games.
Milwaukee is a solid defensive team so credit goes to it, but the Bulls made just 38.9% of their shots and just 25% on 3s. In three losses in the series, the Bulls did not reach 90 in two and 100 in the third.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points and 13 assists, and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and Patrick Williams added 20 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan missed all five of his three-point attempts.
Bulls Caruso out for rest of game
The team stated that Chicago fired guard Alex Caruso for the remainder of Game 4. The Bulls stated that Caruso suffered a facial injury, and ESPN reported that Caruso is undergoing examination for a concussion. Alex Caruso did not start the second half and was not on the bench with the team. Caruso did not score in the first half but had four assists, four rebounds and one steal.
It’s Official: Embiid Has a Torn Ligament in His Thumb
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers confirmed Sunday that center Joel Embiid has a torn ligament in his right thumb, but the star will play through it until the Sixers’ post season is over. It is likely that Embiid will require surgery after the season.
It is clear that the thumb bothers him. “Obviously, he’s going to struggle with it a little bit,” Rivers said on Saturday. “He’s also going to have to get used to it. He never played with it. I think we’re both going to learn a lot – what he can and can’t do.”
Game 4. in charge Rs.
Even without the injured Khris Middleton, Milwaukee is trying to make quick work of Chicago in their first-round series. Up 2-1, the Bucks took a 56-41 lead at halftime in Game 4. Bobby Portis (11 points, five rebounds) and Grayson Allen (16 points, three steals) led the Bucks in the first half. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Allen continued to make 3-pointers – he was 4-for 5 on 3, and the Bucks scored 47.4% on nine med 3s in the first half.
Zach LaVine had 12 points and Nik Vucevic had 11 for the Bulls, who were just 29.4% on 3s and didn’t shoot free throws in the opening two quarters.
‘Third Splash Brother’ Jordan Poole has a long history as a playoff breakout star
This isn’t the first time Poole has decided that post season will be his breakout party.
That’s the shot everyone remembers—his buzzer-beater 3-pointer that propelled the Michigan Wolverines to the Houston Cougars in the second round of the 2018 men’s NCAA Tournament. Poole, then a freshman, came off the bench with Duncan Robinson, the team leading up to the championship game.
But Poole’s playoff status actually traces its origin story to his freshman year of high school, long before his performance through three games of the 2022 NBA playoffs led the Golden State Warriors to a 3-0 series win over the Denver Nuggets. Helped to take the lead.
As a teenager in Rufus King—a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, public school powerhouse—Poole buried a shot from inside the logo, sending the game to overtime. Rufus King won and advanced to the state tournament.
“He’s a winner,” then-coach Jim Goose told USA Today Sports from Denver, after Goose watched as the Warriors penalized the Nuggets for the third straight game. The pool had 27 points to complement Games 1 and 2 of 30 and 29 respectively. “Everywhere he has gone, he has lived.”
— Chris Bambaka