After an exhilarating first round of the NBA playoffs, the second round provided matchups of all-stars from both teams going head to head and many more memorable moments.
Here is the best from the second round of the 2018 NBA playoffs.
Klay leaving people speechless
After the Warriors took care of the Pelicans 123-101 in game one behind Draymond Green’s triple-double and great ball movement, one three, in particular, left Zaza Pachulia and a fan in awe of Klay Thompson.
The last guy just couldn't believe it 😂 pic.twitter.com/U9ndZKV7lQ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 29, 2018
The Warriors are something special and when they are knocking down shots it is a sight to see.
James Harden not a fan of Postgame Question
In a postgame interview during their series against the Utah Jazz, James Harden sat alongside Chris Paul when a reporter asked him how much of his advice to Donovan Mitchell was during the playoffs. Much to Harden’s dismay, he put his head down in utter disbelief of the question asked.
James, tell us how you really feel 😂 pic.twitter.com/zZaVLwDg8m
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 30, 2018
I would have felt similar to James Harden in that situation. When the playoffs roll around, it is serious business on and off the court.
Is this a bad dream?
No Raptors fans, this is the reality. It seemed like the Raptors were finally going to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs. It was Game 1, they were at home, and had countless opportunities to win the game and start the series off on the right foot. However, there was a lid on the basket and their struggles versus LeBron James and the Cavaliers seemed all too familiar.
The Raptors had A TON of chances at the end of regulation. pic.twitter.com/TQKgv0yaZQ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 2, 2018
Just a Normal Day at the Office
After returning from an injury that sidelined Stephen Curry for all the Warriors postseason games prior to Game two versus the New Orleans Pelicans, Curry did not look rusty at all. He was still firing away from deep, and make the Warriors more formidable than ever.
Like he never left 💦 pic.twitter.com/RMaJUlsxrH
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 2, 2018
Charles Barkley and Draymond Green jaw back and forth
Chuck vs. Draymond: Welcome the NBA's newest beef pic.twitter.com/D807wAmuEW
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 2, 2018
I do not actually think Charles Barkley would punch Draymond Green in the face, but is doing his job of entertaining the audience by giving them something to talk about.
Is it a Bird, a Plane? It’s Donovan Mitchell!!
Roughly midway through the fourth quarter of Game 2 against the Rockets, Jazz rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell soared for a poster putback dunk that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Donovan Mitchell brought the dunk contest to the playoffs 😳 pic.twitter.com/Jy6KJX5Gfm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 3, 2018
This is just another highlight from the marvelous rookie season that Donovan Mitchell had, and I am sure that there are many more to come his way.
Toronto or LeBronto?
LeBron James recent domination against the Toronto Raptors has left many in awe, and even sparked one reporter to reference Toronto as LeBronto.
It's "LeBronto" tonight 🔊⬆️ pic.twitter.com/6sU5P0p4s2
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 4, 2018
Lebronto is not a bad name for Toronto, well, unless you are a Toronto fan.
What’s Green up to now?
Draymond Green always seems to turn it up a notch and bring an extra edge with him on the court during the playoffs, if that is even possible. This year is nothing different, as things got heated between him and Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo early in Game 3.
For better or for worse, Green’s intensity never wavers for the Warriors. The question now remains can he keep his composure against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals and potentially beyond in the NBA Finals.
Playoff Rondo is Real
When the lights shine brightest, so does Rajon Rondo. He turned in yet another masterful performance against the Golden State Warriors in Game three.
All-Star Kevin Love is Alive and Well
Often the one to blame for the Cavaliers postseason struggles, Kevin Love stepped up his performance in a big way against the Raptors and is looking like the All-Star that Cavs fans want to see.
Nothing is stopping Kevin Love tonight 💪 pic.twitter.com/DgdqcIRABp
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 6, 2018
In Cleveland’s last three games versus the Raptors, Love scored 31, 21, and 23 points and has become the clear second option behind LeBron James.
Joel, the Celtics are up 3-0!
We're here for alllllll the 🚮 talk pic.twitter.com/4WEUoLIYNh
— ESPN (@espn) May 8, 2018
With comparisons to Michael Jordan constantly going on, LeBron James is taking care of business on the court and making a strong case he is the best player to ever live. He single handily played as well as if not better than the Raptors two All-Stars.
These numbers are wild. 😳 pic.twitter.com/LU5ywYv2PT
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 8, 2018
No matter who the GOAT is, LeBron is putting up numbers and playing at such an extraordinary level that we must all appreciate him while he lasts.
Paul’s Epic Performance leads Rockets to Western Conference Finals
Finally, after an NBA record 86 career postseason games before his first Conference Finals appearance, Chris Paul had a performance for the ages.
Chris Paul is the 1st player to have 40 points, 10 assists, and 0 turnovers in a playoff game since turnovers became an official stat in 1977-78. #SCFacts (via @EliasSports) pic.twitter.com/A2mUMiyblL
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 9, 2018
Now comes the Rockets showdown with the team they were built to beat; the Golden State Warriors.
Boston Fans Have Their Feelings on the Process
The popular “Trust the Process” saying regarding the Philadephia 76ers and their bright future is not popular in Boston.
Boston's got its own Process. ☘️ pic.twitter.com/sqjSP4sjvP
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 10, 2018
The sign is very creative and I give props to the Boston fan for coming up with it.
Marcus Smart steps up big off the bench
In a close-out game, Marcus Smart finished the night with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in 33 minutes and made clutch plays in the final minute to secure the Boston Celtics second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
🍀 Forces turnover
🍀Assist on go-ahead basket
Marcus Smart, always there. pic.twitter.com/8TSVX3DpK6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 10, 2018
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