But really they don’t start until Sunday. At least for the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
The official schedule:
Game 1 @ MIA – Sun 4/21 6pm
Game 2 @ MIA – Tue 4/23 6:30pm
Game 3 @ MIL – Thu 4/25 6pm
Game 4 @ MIL – Sun 4/28 2:30pm
I’d go further, but … come on.
Anyway, the Bucks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on the last day of the NBA’s regular season. Monta Ellis played 11 minutes. Brandon Jennings played 23 minutes and chipped in 17 points. Larry Sanders didn’t play, neither did Ersan Ilyasova.
Kevin Durant didn’t play. Russ Westbrook played seven minutes for the sake of a consecutive games streak. Serge Ibaka played eight minutes, Thabo Sefolosha seven.
It was something of a rookie showcase. John Henson continued his season stat surge thanks to 44 minutes. He scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. For the Thunder, Perry Jones played a season high 39 minutes an scored 14 points. Jeremy Lamb, owner of a piece of my heart, scored 13 points on a rough 6-for-21 shooting night in 41 minutes.
It was nice for the Bucks to get a win I’m sure, even though they were stuck in Oklahoma overnight. Losing six in a row heading into the playoffs doesn’t seem ideal, though I’m not sure there is much difference between losing six in a row and what the Bucks have just done.
But hey, goal was to make the playoffs, not alter the face of the league. Sure, the Bucks seemed to shut it down the very second they hit their goal, but still, goals.