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Game Day #playofftime
Game Day #playofftime
Brook Lopez outlasted early foul trouble to tally 9 points and 9 rebounds, but the Nets gave up 17 points off of 11 turnovers to Atlanta to fall behind by 10 at the break. Both teams have struggled from deep and are a combined 7-for-24 on 3-pointers. Follow live
Portland coach Terry Stotts has officially ruled Arron Afflalo out for the Blazers postseason opener against the Grizzlies tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. Afflalo strained his right shoulder on April 9 against the Warriors and has not played since.
Kyle Korver's hitting teammates with jump passes, and when the Nets do slow the Hawks, Atlanta's finding the open shooter. Nine Hawks shots have come after 4 passes, and 5 of those have been three-pointers. Follow live
The list of Cavaliers who scored 30 points in a playoff debut isn't very long, but it does have the upside of being rather current. As for Kevin Love -- he finished with 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting in the first playoff game of his 7-year career.
Atlanta has an 11-0 advantage on points off of turnovers to negate the fact that Brook Lopez has as nearly many rebounds (7) as the Hawks as a team (9). It also doesn't help the Nets that they have 0 assists as the Hawks lead by double digits heading to the 2nd quarter. Follow live
Kyrie Irving says he tried to come out aggressive in his playoff debut: "Whatever my team needed me to do -- especially on the defensive end -- I was willing to do. Offensively it was going to take care of itself, but I just wanted to throw myself into the game and live with the results."
Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 30 points and LeBron James added 20 points in his first playoff game with the Cavs in five years as Cleveland opened its postseason with a 113-100 win over Boston.
All 5 Atlanta starters have scored, and the Hawks' crowd is letting former Hawk Joe Johnson have it every time he touches the ball for the Nets. Atlanta has six points off three Brooklyn turnovers and a six-point lead in the first. Follow live
The Warriors will be missing a key piece off their bench as Lee (lower back strain) won't play Monday against the Pelicans. Lee, who averaged 7.9 ppg this season, missed Golden State's Game 1 win.
Cavaliers take Game 1 from Celtics. Kyrie Irving: 2nd Cavaliers player to score 30 points in playoff debut. Other: LeBron James