The 2022 NBA playoffs have finally arrived! After an unprecedented regular season that will feature some close races in recent memory, Saturday expects each of these 16 teams to be in a two-month parade for the NBA Championship. And with three of the most incredible playoff introductions, this is just the beginning.
At the Western Conference, 22-year-old Jordan Poole accelerated the 3rd-placed Golden State Warriors to a 16-point victory over Nicola Jogic and No. 6 Denver Nuggets. Seventh-ranked Minnesota Timberwolves defeated LA Clippers in the 7th and No. 8 play-off games, beating Ja Morant and runner-up Memphis Grizzlies in their first 36-point playoff debut in 2020. 1 Choice Anthony Edwards.
Earlier in the afternoon, Donovan Mitchell and no. 5th seed Utah Jazz faced 4th-ranked Dallas Mavericks, who were left out of Game 1 on Saturday morning without franchise superstar Luca Tonsic, who had trouble with his left calf. There is significant concern about the availability of tonics for Game 2, sources told ESPN.
In the East, the fourth-ranked Philadelphia 76ers crushed fifth-ranked Toronto Raptors behind second-year defender Tyrus Maxi, who scored 38 off 21 shots in a 20-point game of sixes. 1 win.
Our NBA experts saw it all. Here are the most important takeaways from each of the four games on Day 1 of the playoff action.
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No. No. 6 against Denver Nuggets. 3 Golden State Warriors
Game 1: Warriors 123, Nuggets 107: Pool Attack Firefighters continue to be valuable insurers for Warriors’ title chase
For the past three years, Jordan Poole has been asking his senior teammates about the playoffs. So when he took to the court on Saturday in his first career playoff game, he was as ready as he could be. And he played like that.
Poole scored 30 points in a 9-of-13 shooting, including 3 from 5-of-7, and in the playoff debut (Charlie scored four in 2013) the pool saw Stephen Carrie pass for most 3s. This is the second highest number of points in Warriors history, more than Wild Chamberlain, who scored 35 in his playoff debut.
Jordan Poole scored 30 points in his playoff debut, which led to the Warriors’ dominating Game 1 victory.
Although Curry returned to the lineup for the first time since March 16, Pool, who averaged 18.5 points and 4 assists this season, remained in the starting lineup. With no decision on when the pool will return to the bench, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, “We will cross that bridge when we get there.”
Poole’s playoff debut continues his campaign for the sixth man of the year for the past month. By the end of the regular season from March, Pool had scored 41.9% off 3 of 85 – no other player had scored more than 74 – and scored 24.7 points per game, 47% in shooting and 5.4 assists.
This explosion is not new to him, Kerr insists. When Poole scored 19 points on the bench at the end of the season losing to Memphis Grizzlies, he hopes it will go to the final game he played last season. To get the Warriors back into the title fight, they need the pool to continue to climb – fast. – Kendra Andrews
No. No. 5 against the Toronto Raptors. 4 Philadelphia 76ers
Game 1: 76ers 131, Raptors 111: Tyrus Maxi may be the main reason for reaching the finals of the Eastern Conference Sixers.
In the days leading up to the first-round series between the 76ers and the Raptors, the focus was on how James Horton would perform in his first season with his new team.
Game 1, however, saw the emergence of a different guard as the star of the game: second-year breakout star Tyrus Maxi, who finished with 38 points in 14-for-21 shooting.
Also, after his latest impressive performance in a season full of them, his play raises an interesting question: Who is not Philadelphia’s second best player after Joel Empide, but Horton, Maxia?
It’s hard for anyone watching this game to argue otherwise. Horton played better, finishing with 22 points, five rebounds and 14 assists in 40 minutes. But he went 2-for-10 in 2-point shots, and when he was not fouled on the edge, the attacker constantly looked down on the firebrand.
James Horton completed a sweet pass with a quick break to Tires Maxi through the traffic.
However, Maxey does not have such a problem. The 6-ft-2 guard, who is already one of the NBA’s fastest players, went from settling one flyer after another to the point of repeatedly exploding the edge over defenders. One reason for that? After taking just 30% from 1.7 attempts per game last season, he has doubled his perimeter production to 42.7% over four attempts per game.
On Saturday, Maxey went 5-for-8 from depth – flooding defenders for him in Toronto. Despite initial concerns about how he would behave with Horton, the 10-time All-Star’s arrival unleashed Maxi as a devastating slasher and scorer – with no answer to the Raptors in Game 1.
The rest of the postseason will not be so easy for the 76 players. They never make three turns in 48 minutes. They never hit 50% of their 3 year olds.
But they are Maxey speed and energy. And if he continues to play, it’s not Horton – 76 players could be their first for more than two decades, beyond finally reaching the final of the Eastern Conference. – Tim Bondemps
No. No. 7 against Minnesota Timberwolves. 2 Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1: Wolves 130, Grizzlys 117: Memphis can’t file Minnesota first-rate offense
The Minnesota Timberwolves lit it up in Game 1 of the first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies – we should not have expected anything less. Wolves are the NBA’s most effective offense after the New Year. In Game 1, it was an uncontrollable attack by even the third-ranked Chris Lees in the league after the New Year.
Minnesota’s 130-117 victory revealed the depth of the crime’s creativity. Anthony Edwards’ first step drove him to the heart of the Memphis defense, but he finished easily. He will keep Grizzlies awake at night for the next two weeks. In Game 1, he did a lot of damage from the outside – four 3-pointers. This is the player who fills his game on a big platform.
Everything that affected Carl-Anthony Downs in Tuesday’s Wolves Play-off victory was turned off early Saturday morning. He filters shots from the depths, strikes from the perimeter, breaks Grizzlies’ assist defenses and runs with his feather touch around the basket. When the nails meet the bodies, he throws the ball back to the shooters to make it look beautiful from beyond the curve.
Carl-Anthony Downs’ dad and Ja Morant’s dad are having fun somewhere with a minute left.
The Wolves shared the ball, got quality looks in reverse transitions and avoided bass, and smashed the attacking glass. They were quiet, choosing their locations and hitting big shots late.
Grizzlies can take comfort in the fact that they missed a dozen shot attempts in the instant basket area in Game 1, which they are unlikely to do again. But in order to win the series, they need to figure out how to slow down the Wolves’ engine, because any idea that Chrysalis can use their body and margin protection to submit to Minnesota seems overconfident. – Kevin Arnovits
Game 1: Jazz 99, Mavericks 93: “We do not have enough attacking power.”
While the injured superstar Luca Tonsic was watching from the bench wearing the hoodie, it was no surprise that the knights ’outburst erupted.
If you eat popcorn during the Danzig games, the Mavs’ chances of advancing to the first round for the first time since the 2011 title run will be hugely successful. Dallas ‘hopes for a playoff victory depend primarily on its perennial MVP candidate hosting a show that is unlikely to happen Monday night for Game 2, with Danzi and Maws’ medical staff trying to quickly cure his left calf. Strain. Dallas coach Jason Kid calls Danzig “day by day”, but Mowes will be thrilled if he’s ready to return before the series moves to Salt Lake City.
Royce O’Neill tells the Dallas crowd to keep quiet after hitting a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
The Mavs proved their ability to make the Jazz play in the mud with their 99-93 Game 1 defeat on Saturday, especially dragging the double-digit comeback against the team that gave them up. Utah’s crime is ugly. Dallas prevents NBA first-ranked offense from getting a clean 3-point look and lobes for all-star great Rudy Cobert – a record in denying both weapons And All-Star defender Donovan Mitchell (32 points in 10-29 shooting) will have to work hard to score.
The problem with flours is that, predictably, their guilt is even more ugly. Tonsik was at the forefront of using the NBA for the second consecutive season for good reason. He is as good at judging the defense as anyone in the league, threatening to score at all three levels and elite in setting up his teammates for dunks and 3s. He is also surrounded by well-played role players around him – but he is not fit to continue creating offense, especially covering up Cobert Paint.
“They didn’t get 100 points,” Kid said. “When you do that in today’s basketball, it gives you a chance to win. We don’t have enough attacking power.”
It’s hard to win NBA playoffs with a solo star when he’s healthy. – Tim McMahon