Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points
Shawn Marion | DAL
(April 24, 2014 1:46 AM EDT)
Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank.
Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3
Josh McRoberts | CHA
(April 24, 2014 1:16 AM EDT)
Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.
A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
Al Jefferson | CHA
(April 24, 2014 1:12 AM EDT)
Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.
Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
James Harden | HOU
(April 24, 2014 1:09 AM EDT)
James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.
Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none.
Source:
Ben Golliver on Twitter
Dwight Howard quiet after huge first half
Dwight Howard | HOU
(April 24, 2014 1:05 AM EDT)
Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start, went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble after the break, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.
Shaquille O'Neal was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. Howard looked as good as he ever has in the first half tonight and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. He has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career.
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Eric Pincus on Twitter
Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.
Dorell Wright | POR
(April 24, 2014 12:59 AM EDT)
Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon.
Lillard, teammates win despite poor shooting
Damian Lillard | POR
(April 24, 2014 12:57 AM EDT)
Damian Lillard hit just 3-of-14 shots but still ended up with 18 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists in Wednesday's thrilling Game 2 112-105 win over the Rockets.
Nicolas Batum was 3-of-11 for six points and Wesley Matthews was 4-of-11 for nine points, but LaMarcus Aldridge (43 points, 8 rebounds) was able to carry the team. Despite the poor shooting, it can be argued that Lillard played well, and was dogged by Patrick Beverley for most of the night (14 points, 41 minutes). The Blazers are heading to Portland with a surprising 2-0 lead and will be looking for more of the same from Aldridge in Game 3, along with better shooting from Lillard, Batum and Matthews.
LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 43 in Game 2 win
LaMarcus Aldridge | POR
(April 24, 2014 12:41 AM EDT)
LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.
This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston.
Devin Harris plays well in 24 minutes
Devin Harris | DAL
(April 23, 2014 11:31 PM EDT)
Devin Harris played well in his 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs during Game 2's 113-92 win with 18 points, four boards, five assists, one steal and one block.
He shot 7-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers for a stellar 88.9 effective field goal percentage. Harris played great with 19 points in Game 1 and he's certainly earning his playing time with his ability to get to the rim. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes all season and he looks like he'll be scoring in the teens more often than not during this series.
Monta has it all: Ellis scores 21 in Game 2 W
Monta Ellis | DAL
(April 23, 2014 11:24 PM EDT)
Monta Ellis played terrific in Game 2's 113-92 win on Wednesday with 21 points, three boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.
He only had one turnover and the Mavericks turned the ball over just eight times while making 15-of-16 from the field. They basically beat the Spurs at their own game with fewer mistakes and their 13 steals certainly helped. Ellis has looked great in the playoffs and has stayed aggressive, which isn't a surprise considering he led the NBA in total points on drives this season. The Mavs head home for Game 3 on Saturday with the series at 1-1.

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