First round exits

The Atlanta Hawks have knocked off the Brooklyn Nets in six games, behind NBA Coach of the Year winner Mike Budenholzer who has effortlessly led these Hawks, who has heard of DeMarre Carroll and Mike Scott and Dennis Schroder, to a winning record. The Chicago Bulls have outlasted these feisty and long-armed Milwaukee Bucks with their size and half court offense with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. The Bulls have gotten under the Bucks’ skin late in Game 6, and I would expect a rematch between these two teams in the future. The Golden State Warriors dispatch of the New Orleans Pelicans was no contest. The Warriors will host the Memphis Grizzlies who got rid of the Portland Trail Blazers in five games. The Clippers outlasted the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 as they win 111-109 and will face the Houston Rockets in the second round, Kevin McHale’s squad playing outstanding with the play of James Harden and Dwight Howard were too much for the older, aging Dirk Nowitzki and these Dallas Mavericks.

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The Indiana Pacers force a Game 7 as do OKC against Memphis and Golden State. Exciting basketball to watch, but it’s not pretty basketball. Pacers guard George Hill and Hawks forward Mike Scott got into a scuffle last night, despite the Pacers winning it in Game 6. Now it’s winner-takes-all in Game 7 in Indiana. OKC doesn’t leave out everything on the floor against Memphis, because Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince are trying to deny Kevin Durant scoring baskets. OKC is resisting the Grizzlies’ defensive tactics. The Warriors have the heart to win Game 6 against the L.A. Clippers, but what about Game 7?