• With the playoffs in full effect, Wednesday night presented some opportunities for road teams to steal a game and ride momentum back home. Could Charlotte, Detroit or Portland take advantage of this scenario? Let’s take a look at your daily dish.

     HEAT 115, HORNETS 103

    The Good:

    The Heat took care of business on home court and have outplayed the Hornets in both games of this series so far.

    Dwayne Wade was the catalyst on Wednesday night scoring a team-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting. Wade added three rebounds, eight assists, one block and two steals to round out his evening.

    Hassan Whiteside also chipped in with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He added one assist, one steal and two blocks all while shooting a perfect 8-of-8 from the field.

    Off the bench, the Heat were led by their young duo of Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson. Combined, they were able to contribute 26 points on an efficient 9-of-15 shooting. They each played over 31 minutes of action and added three treys and some great defence.

    The Hornets were led by point guard Kemba Walker (29 points on 12-of-29 shooting) and big man Al Jefferson (25 points on 12-of-17 shooting). Combined they also contributed 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

    The Bad:

    The game was tied at 29 after the first quarter. The Hornets then proceeded to allow the Heat to score a record 43 points in the second quarter to take a 72-60 lead into the locker room.

    The Hornets not only lost the game but may have lost starting small forward Nicolas Batum in the process. Batum exited this one in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be a serious left ankle sprain. Coach Steve Clifford indicated after the game that he was “very concerned” with Batum’s injury. We’ll consider him questionable for Game 3 on Saturday night.

    Marvin Williams was held scoreless in this one going 0-of-10 from the field. He was also 0-of-2 from three-point land and 0-of-2 from the line. If Charlotte has any chance of getting back into this series, Williams will have to be much better.

    The Takeaway:

    The Heat have taken full control of this series by dominating the first two games. If Wade and Co. continue their high level of play, this series will not make it back to Miami. Game 3 goes on Saturday night in Charlotte. Expect a much better effort from the Hornets who have yet to flash their true colours.

     

    CAVS 107, PISTONS 90

    The Good:

    LeBron James, the playoff version, has been ridiculously good thus far. James has completely dominated at will and has single-handedly propelled the Cavs to a 2-0 lead in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.

    James played a game-high 40 minutes and scored 27 points (also a game-high) on 12-of-18 shooting. King James added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Kyrie Irving added 22 points (8-of-18) in 34 minutes of action. He added four treys, four assists and two steals.

    J.R. Smith also eclipsed the 20-point mark with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting in 34 minutes of action. Smith connected on 7-of-11 from the land beyond and also contributed five rebounds.

    For the Pistons, Andre Drummond was the only Detroit player to score at least 20 points. (Although all Pistons starters did score in double figures). Drummond shot 8-of-13 from the field for 20 points while adding seven rebounds, one block and one steal.

    Reggie Jackson played a team-high 37 minutes and added 14 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block.

    The Bad:

    Detroit’s starters were outscored 76-61 in this one and their bench only produced 19 points total. The Pistons will need some secondary scoring from the bench if they have any shot of competing in Game 3.

    Tristan Thompson disappeared in a limited 13 minutes of action on Wednesday night. After collecting two first quarter fouls he was never able to get it going. He finished his night scoreless with one rebound and one assist.

    The Takeaway:

    The Cavs only held a two-point lead at the half but were able to dominate in the third quarter and never looked back. With LeBron, Irving and Love all healthy it appears that this one could be over in four straight. Game 3 goes Friday Night in Detroit “rock” city.

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