Clips get swept in Round 2; game effort tonight but CP3 had a couple of clutch time miscues and Blake forgot how to rebound.
San Antonio still undefeated in playoffs; win 18th straight.
Thunder take game 4 in LA to go up 3-1; Durant hits three pointer for the win.
Sixers take game 4 in Philadelphia to tie the series; Celts remain very uneven.
Miami evens the series at 2-2; LeBron and Wade combine for 70 points and 27 rebounds. Let’s talk about that statline for a moment. When’s the last time a due combined for 70 and 27 in the playoffs? I’m asking here. I don’t know. Did Kobe and Shaq ever pull that off? I could see Shaq going 30 points and 20 boards and Kobe putting up 40 and grabbing 7 bounds. I’d be surprised if Jordan and Pippen ever did it. Too many rebounds for perimeter players to pile up – in fact, they didn’t even do it in the regular season when Jordan scored 69 and grabbed 18 rebounds by himself. Who else could have done it? Hakeem and Clyde or Horry in 1995 maybe? That’s a lot of points for one of them to score in support of Dream. Duncan and Robinson probably got the combined rebounds a couple times, but I doubt they ever had 70 combined points in the playoffs. We might have to go all the way back to the ’60s. I’m sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Wilt and some teammate did it at some point. Hell, it’s possible Wilt did it by himself.
What’s interesting is that this is the type of game that shows why people gave LeBron such a hard time for teaming up with Wade – when you’ve got two guys capable of putting up those kind of numbers on one team, you’ve basically undermined the whole concept of team. But it also undermines that idea that LeBron in Miami is taking the easy way out. If he’s got to put up these kind of numbers to advance in the semi-finals, he might as well still be in Cleveland. I suppose you could argue that his intent was to take an easier route where he could have an off game and the team would still win thanks to Wade and Bosh, but I think educated basketball minds who saw that team being built realized he’d need to keep on being LeBron for the team to be dominant.
In fact I think this last game was really a scary indication for the Heat. With Bosh healthy, when the Heat stars went berserk, the team looked invincible. When Wade and James went off today, the team still looked beatable. Without Chris they seem to have lost that 6th gear that other teams couldn’t hope to match. They might not need all that to fight their way out of the East, but come the Finals, the Spurs for Thunder (sorry Lakers fans), are going to be very tough if it takes 70 points from James and Wade just to get to 100 points total.
EDIT: Also here’s a table showing all the 40 point, 15 rebound, 5 assist playoff games players have had that are currently uploaded in the BBR database.