What to Watch: NBA playoff action and Royals baseball


NBA Playoffs

The first round of games have kicked off. Last night the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs, all played their second game of the series.

No. 8 Chicago Bulls at No. 1 Boston Celtics

Tonight is game two between the No. 8 seed Chicago Bulls and the No. 1 seed Boston Celtics. The Bulls got the better of the Celtics in game one, upsetting the first seed of the Eastern Conference.

Chicago’s star, Jimmy Butler, whom they have relied on all year, came to play in game one, dropping 30 points and bringing down nine boards. The biggest help was the production off the bench, specifically Bobby Portis, who brought down nine rebounds to go along with his 19 points.

Even though it was not enough, the Celtics’ go-to player, Isaiah Thomas, turned in an impressive performance as well. Thomas had 33 points, six assists, and five boards. Boston received minimal help from their bench. Marcus Smart chipped in the most off the bench with only nine points.

Catch the action tonight on TNT, with the tip set for 7 p.m.

No. 8 Portland Trailblazers at No. 1 Golden State Warriors

Game two is set for these Western Conference teams. Portland will look to tie the series at one after the Warrior’s took the first, 121-109.

Golden State has a variety of stars that take the spotlight; however, in game one Draymond Green took the spotlight. He had an incredible stat-line with 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and three steals. Not to mention Kevin Durant putting in 32 points, and Stephen Curry chipping in 29 points.

As for the Trailblazers, their stars shined as well. CJ McCollum had a stellar night with 41 points, and Damian Lillard, was in the zone as well, putting in 34 points. If Portland even wants a shot at coming out on top, it needs to find production out of its bench, who in last game, only had a combined nine points.

Watch game two on TNT on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals look to keep their four-game winning streak going as they host a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants.

Despite a slow 2-6 start for the Royals, they seem to have found their rhythm. They are coming off a home sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, finally finding some type of offense. Pitcher Danny Duffy is off to a stellar start this season, starting 2-0.

As for the Giants, they have struggled this season, sitting at the bottom of their division at 5-9, with a two-game losing streak. Madison Bumgarner is set to pitch the second game on Wednesday, who many Royals fans are likely to remember after his 2014 World Series outing. He has also seen early struggles this season, starting out 0-2.

The first game is today with the first pitch at 7:15 p.m. in Kauffman Stadium. Tune in to Fox Sports Midwest to catch the action.