Jimmy Butler was Playing the Long Game: NBA Playoffs Roundup

On today’s episode of the Premium Hoops Podcast, Mark & Nate come together to discuss story lines of all sorts. Week one of the NBA playoffs is under way, and the series’ are off to a hot start!

Technical fouls and foul calls in general have been at the forefront in recent days; Nate & Mark have a mostly intuitive conversation about reffing before jumping into the actual games. They also give a quick injury rundown; Gordon Hayward is out for four weeks, Kristaps Porzingis is now likely to play, and Victor Oladipo is questionable for Thursday’s game after sustaining an eye injury.

The Buck(s) stops here

Nikola Vucevic was electric and put up a dominant game against the championship hopeful Milwaukee Bucks. Gary Clark and James Ennis played really solid defense on the wings and the Magic were able to keep the Bucks off the board late. Will Milwaukee finally figure how to blow up a wall as the series continues? Can the Magic craft a playoffs miracle?

Lillard Time & Ice cold Lakers

Damian Lillard continues to bombard from deep and the Trailblazers played just enough defense in tandem with abhorrent perimeter shooting from LA to take game 1.

Does Anthony Davis have to play the five? Can the Lakers break their nasty shooting slump? How can LA invigorate their bench? Will Damian Lillard ever miss again from the logo? Also, Wenyen Gabriel was solid!

Switch off the channel

The Houston Rockets switch everything defense caused significant problems for Oklahoma City. Their normally potent mid-range attack was thwarted without space to operate. On the defensive end, the Thunder were killed from the corners and struggled to keep Houston from penetrating the paint. Jeff Green also played an outstanding game and continues to impress as a small-ball five.

Where does OKC go on the drawing board? Can Luguentz Dort enter the series and be a game changer? How can Houston keep the ball rolling?

Jimmy Butler was playing the long game

The Pacers struggled with early foul trouble and lost Victor Oladipo to injury at the end of the first quarter. Miami got it going in the second half behind a crafty Goran Dragic performance along with some staunch point of attack defense by Bam Adebayo. The Heat closed out the game on the back of Jimmy Butler, who apparently has conned us the whole season into believing he was a non-shooter.

Can Indy recover & will Oladipo be ok to return? Is Jimmy Butler’s shot for real? This series looks to be the most competitive of the first round of the playoffs!

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