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The Grip's NBA Playoffs Round-up [Eastern Conference]


This was first featured in The Grip's 100th edition. Thank you for reading, or, at the very least, pretending to. We appreciate you.

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[1] Milwaukee Bucks vs. [8] Detroit Pistons

Game One: Bucks 121, Pistons 86 Game Two: Pistons at Bucks, 8 p.m., Wednesday


This game was over, real fast, but it gave us this screenshot, where Giannis almost became the first player to dunk from the free-throw line in a game. 

[READ: Pistons' Blake Griffin likely to miss first-round series with Bucks] [READ: Blake Griffin is 'by no means Hollywood'] [READ: I hope Giannis makes these cowards weep on national television]


[2] Toronto Raptors vs. [7] Orlando Magic

Game One: Magic 104, Raptors 101 Game Two: Magic at Raptors, 8 p.m., Tuesday

Here’s a Tweet from Saturday that was both funny, and a perfect explainer as to why it was so damn funny and unacceptable for the Raptors to lose to this Magic team: 

Respect to the Orlando Magic for making the Let's Remember Some Guys method of roster construction work for them.

Orlando is the epitome of a roster of Some Guys. A few names:

  • D.J. Augustin

  • Terrance Ross

  • Michael Carter-Williams    

  • Evan Fournier

  • Khem Birch

Props to you if you knew Michael Carter-Williams was on the Magic. 

Augustin, who should receive honest credit for still being in the league, hit the game-winner and finished with 25 points. Kyle Lowry had zero points.


[3] Philadelphia 76ers vs. [6] Brooklyn Nets

Game One: Nets 111, 76ers 102 Game Two: Nets [+8.5] at 76ers, 8 p.m., tonight

This game will, from now on, be referred to as The Thinkpiece Game. Here a few headlines we took the liberty of making up, that we hope someone actually writes. 

On Joel Embiid checking Amir Johnson’s phone during the game

  • Why Embiid’s bench antics are deeper than you think

  • The in-game phone check-in? Millenials killed that, too 

On Ben Simmons’ comments about 76ers fans booing during the game: 

  • Why Philly fans -- not a loss or two -- are problematic

  • Ben Simmons just wasn’t made for this

On Brent Brown: 

  • Brent Brown was never the solution 

On team-building: 

  • The Nets built their team the right way. Now, they're beating The Process. 

[READ: From Joel Embiid’s health to a cell phone incident, the Sixers open the playoffs in disarray]


[4] Boston Celtics vs. [5] Indiana Pacers

Game One: Celtics 84, Pacers 74 Game Two: Pacers at Celtics, 7 p.m., Wednesday

The first game of this series was an eyesore played under the shadow of Tiger Woods’ run to the top of the Masters’ leaderboard. 

The Pacers, who do not have a true lead scorer without Victor Oladipo, scored eight points in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth.

In the regular season, without their All-Star, the Pacers were a cute story. In the playoffs, they’ll be a short story. 

The real Celtics-related triumph is the most recent edition of The Woj Pod, which Kendrick Perkins went on and absolutely killed. Give it a listen here.

Some quick highlights:

  • Rondo was ready to retire when Perk got traded

  • Kevin Garnett almost killed Lucky the Leprechaun after he tried to eat pregame before the players

  • Perk wants to coach

  • Perk wants Kevin Durant to go to Washington, but knows he won't

[READ: The only real opponent the Celtics have in this series is themselves]


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