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Tuesday, May 5
(All times Eastern)
(5) WASHINGTON WIZARDS (1-0) AT (1) ATLANTA HAWKS (0-1), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks will try to even up their Eastern
Conference semifinals series with the Washington Wizards when Game 2 commences
Tuesday night at Philips Arena.
The top-seeded Hawks, just two days after eliminating the Brooklyn Nets in the
opening round, fell at home to the No. 5 Wizards, who had off a whole week
after sweeping the Toronto Raptors, 104-98, Sunday.
Bradley Beal and John Wall overcame injury scares to lead Washington to the
victory. Beal (right ankle sprain) and Wall (left wrist sprain) battled to
score 28 and 18 points, respectively, for Washington on Sunday. Wall also had
13 assists and three blocks.
The talented, young backcourt both proclaimed themselves ready for Tuesday.
"I did a lot of treatment last night," Wall told the Washington Post on
Monday. "Just trying to get it as best as we can get it before the game
Wall didn't practice, but Beal's ankle improved so dramatically, he was a full
participant on Monday.
"I've sprained this ankle 30 times," Beal told the paper. "The swelling's
never gone away. It wasn't that bad. I got to thank my training staff. I feel
a lot better today than yesterday."
Paul Pierce ended with 19 points for the Wizards and Marcin Gortat tallied 12
points and 12 rebounds.
The Wizards became the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s
on the road.
"Last year, like I think I told you guys, we were just happy to be in the
playoffs, we were happy to move on, and we didn't really have any high goals
after the first round," said Beal. "But this year we expect more of ourselves,
we expect to get past the second round, we have that same desperation we had
in the previous round."
DeMarre Carroll scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half for the Hawks. Al
Horford recorded 17 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists, while Jeff Teague
played through a right ankle sprain and finished with 11 points and seven
Trailing 83-81, the Wizards scored the first eight points of the fourth
quarter. Beal tallied four points during the stretch before landing on
Horford's foot. Beal went to the locker room and returned to the court later
in the frame.
Kyle Korver's 3-pointer and Teague's layup had the Hawks within 91-90, but the
Wizards responded with a 7-1 spurt. Otto Porter Jr. capped the flurry with a
3-pointer to make it 98-91 with 3:17 to play.
Atlanta pulled within 98-96 following Paul Millsap's three-point play and
slam. The Hawks had a possession in between where they missed six straight
shots after pounding the offensive glass.
But Porter and Gortat scored around Korver's missed 3-pointer to put the game
"I think they made more plays in the second half than we did," said Hawks
coach Mike Budenholzer. "I think defensively we just had a couple lags, a
couple of lulls, that allowed them to get back in it and get a little
Game 3 will be Saturday night in Washington.
(5) MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (0-1) AT (1) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (1-0), 10:30 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Steph Curry has his MVP award and will try to lead his
Golden State Warriors to a 2-0 series lead Tuesday night when they host the
Memphis Grizzlies for Game 2 at Oracle Arena.
Curry was named league MVP Monday afternoon.
"Obviously, we're in the middle of a playoff run and that is the most
important thing, but today is a celebration, for sure," Curry said. "I want to
be able to take the time to really appreciate what this means, and that's why
Curry led his Warriors, the top seed in the Western Conference, to a 101-86
thrashing of the Grizzlies in Sunday's Game 1. Curry finished with 22 points,
seven assists and four steals in the victory.
The Warriors went 39-2 at Oracle Arena during the regular season and have won
the last 21 games in their building -- including three postseason games. They
haven't lost at home since Jan. 27, when the Chicago Bulls beat them 113-111
Courtney Lee's 3-pointer 21 seconds into the game was the only time Golden
The Warriors hadn't played since finishing off a sweep of the New Orleans
Pelicans last Saturday.
"A little tricky because of all the time off, but the effort and intensity was
where we needed it," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.
Klay Thompson posted 18 points and six assists and Draymond Green added 16
points for the top-seeded Warriors, who finished with the best regular-season
record in franchise history at 67-15.
The Warriors led by as many as 16 in a blistering first half where they shot
61.5 percent (24-of-39), tallied 17 assists on 24 made field goals, and
knocked down 8-of-16 from beyond the arc.
They were up by nine at the break, quickly built the cushion back to 16 in the
first few minutes of the second half and cruised from there.
Golden State finished at 50.6 percent (39-of-77) from the floor and nailed 13-
of-28 from long distance.
"They got too many easy baskets," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said.
Marc Gasol supplied 21 points and nine rebounds, while Zach Randolph managed
20 points and nine boards for fifth-seeded Memphis, which is in the conference
semifinals for the third time in five years.
There's still no timetable for Memphis guard Mike Conley's return from a
facial fracture, but he traveled with the team and watched on from the bench.
His left eye was still visibly swollen. He suffered the injury in Game 3 of
the Portland series and missed the final two games of the set after undergoing
surgery for the fractures.
Conley hopes to play Game 2, but it has not be determined.
"There are things you have to balance, but if he wants to be out there and
he's medically capable to compete, then he should have that opportunity,"
Joerger told the San Jose Mercury News.
Game 3 will be Saturday night in Memphis.
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