Then there were eight. The second round of the NBA playoffs is upon us, as two of the four games opened last night. That included the first game between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.
Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics
Game two between the Wizards and Celtics is set to tip off tonight at 7 p.m. on TNT. Boston is already off to a better start than its first round, losing its first two games to the Chicago Bulls. This time the team heads into game two up 1-0 in the series against the Wizards.
The Celtics won the first game of the series in Boston 123-111. Despite a fantastic 16-0 start for the Washington Wizards, the three-point shooting from Boston was too much for the Wizards as the game progressed. The Celtics ended the game with an impressive 19 three-pointers.
The Celtics were led by point guard Isaiah Thomas with 33 points, along with Jae Crowder chipping in 24 points. The two combined for 11 of their 19 three-pointers.
The Wizards were steady across the board. Four of their five starters had double-digit points. They will need to figure out a way to slow down Thomas if it is going to be a close series.
Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors
It is two completely different stories between these two teams, who square off tonight at 9:30 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors are coming off dominating performances in each game against the Portland Trail Blazers, beating them in four games. Their All-Stars came to play with Stephen Curry scoring 37 points, Draymond Green chipping in 21 and Klay Thompson adding 18 points. The Jazz will have their hands full against the 2016 runners up.
On the other hand, the Utah Jazz are moving forward after winning its game seven against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gordon Hayward led the charge with 26 points and eight rebounds. He received help from his bench with Derrick Favors putting in 17 points and bringing down 11 boards.
Kansas City Royals
It has been anything but good for the Kansas City Royals so far this season, as they sit at the bottom of their division at 7-16, and have dropped nine straight games.
They hit off their second series of the year against the Chicago White Sox Monday, after getting dominated by them in late April. The game tonight is at 8:15 p.m. and the series will continue Wednesday and Thursday.
After this series, they will welcome the MLB World Series runners-up from last year, the Cleveland Indians. The Royals have a chance to gain some ground against the White Sox, who are second in the AL Central. Cleveland currently claims the lead.