A particularly notable jump came in the scoring column, as McCollum averaged just 6.8 points per game during the 2014-15 season, so he was the obvious choice for NBA’s Most Improved Player this year. To go along with his 20.8 points per game, McCollum added 4.3 assists per game and 3.9 rebounds per game to help lead the Trail Blazers to the fifth seed in the Western Conference. Those concerns were valid, too – Walker shot just 30.5 percent from behind the 3-point line in 2015, and attempted about 4.5 per game on top of it. After beating the Blazers by at least 20 points in the first two games of the series and with the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder looking at possibly quick four- to five-game series, the Clippers talked about taking care of business when they had the opportunity coming into Game 3.
While third-seeded Oklahoma City holds a scoring advantage of 66 points through the first three games, sixth-seeded Dallas earned Monday’s 85-84 win in Game 2 after Steven Adams’ buzzer beater was waved off. Durant finished with 21 points and seven turnovers, making only 7 of 33 shots.
“You never say that you’ve been through everything, but we have been through a lot”, Griffin said after Game 2. I’m a big believer in if you put your time in, you stick with it you going to get results.
“His leadership for them really set the tone”, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said of Lillard.
Mason Plumlee carved the Clippers up from the center position, contributing nine assists – a number more impactful than his 21 rebounds. I think tonight, we took it up a level.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – After the Charlotte Hornets dropped the first two games of their first-round series against the Miami Heat, team owner Michael Jordan and assistant coach Patrick Ewing approached coach Steve Clifford with a suggestion: Post up rookie 7-footer Frank Kaminsky more.
But the fact is that since 2008, 53 of the last 55 teams to win the first two games of an National Basketball Association playoff series have ultimately prevailed. The previous year he averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. “I thought he had a very good Game Two in LA, but he was all over the place”.
The 44-38 Blazers had little margin for error this season, and they were a better offensively and defensively with McCollum on the court.
Outcome shined on Portland in Game 3, as they knocked off the Clippers 96-88.
“They had their two home games and they handled their business, and now we’re going to have two home games”, Lillard said.
“He was a monster”, Lillard said of Plumlee.
“With the attention that me and CJ get, we’ve got to trust him in the middle to score the ball and make the right play”, Lillard said. At the end of three quarters, the Blazers led by only three points. They made one of 10 three-pointers in the first half and Redick and Crawford combined to make three of 14 shots.
Deadpanned Clippers Coach Doc Rivers: “Tonight we made some really interesting plays”. When you have a team down and we had a four-point lead against a team we had 2-0. “That’s what we’re going to continue to do”. He has been through our system and sees the game through a different lens than most players. We didn’t make them feel us enough.
As you examine the numbers more closely, the striking contrast between what’s happening now compared to how Boston fared in the regular season is pretty shocking.