Grizzlies guard Mike Conley looks back towards his
bench from the floor after a collision during the
second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball
playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in
Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 25, 2015. Conley left
the game and did not return. The Grizzlies won 115-109
to lead the series 3-0.
Grizzlies and Bulls head into their games Monday night in
complete control of their respective series, needing just
one more victory to advance to the next round.
worst that could happen? Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers.
completed a sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but lost
Kevin Love to an injury and may be without J.R. Smith when
their second-round series begins after he was ejected for
hitting Jae Crowder.
series appear to be well in hand, things can go wrong.
Tempers can flare at the wrong moment. An ankle can roll on
a drive to the bucket. A desperate opponent can put up an
is on Monday," said LaMarcus Aldridge, whose Trail
Blazers are down 3-0 to the Grizzlies. "We have to come
out here and try to get a win. He have to defend our home
host Memphis and the Bulls go back to Chicago up 3-1 for
Game 5 against Milwaukee. The Brooklyn Nets host Atlanta,
trailing the Hawks 2-1 in that series.
taking the first three games of their series against the
young Bucks, the Bulls dropped Game 4 on a buzzer-beater by
Jerryd Bayless that kept Milwaukee alive. It's possible the
Bulls had one eye on a second-round matchup with LeBron
James and the Cavs that appears inevitable, which may have
led to some sloppy play.
Tom Thibodeau is trying to bring the focus back to the now.
worried about the next game," Thibodeau said on Sunday.
A look at
Monday night's games. All times EDT:
Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) reacts in the final
seconds of the second half of Game 2 of a first-round
NBA playoff basketball playoff against the Brooklyn
Nets, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Atlanta
Nets, Atlanta leads 2-1, 7 p.m., NBATV
sharp-shooting Hawks haven't been able to find the range
during the first three games of their series against
shooting 46.6 percent in the regular season, fourth in the
NBA, the Hawks have hit just 39 percent of their shots
against the Nets. That's the worst mark in the playoffs.
went 1 for 8 from the field for two points in the Game 3
loss after scoring 38 points to help the Hawks win the first
two games at home.
didn't get any good looks early and I tried to force a
couple late," Korver said. "I need to be better on
If the Nets
are going to tie the series, they sure could use some help
from Deron Williams. He is 7 for 26 in the series and came
out of Game 3 hurting with what appeared to be an injured
tailbone. He did not play in the fourth quarter and Jarrett
Jack helped the Nets take control of the game. Coach Lionel
Hollins said on Sunday that Williams is hopeful to play.
at Trail Blazers, Memphis leads 3-0, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Grizzlies dominated Portland in the regular season, and that
has carried over to the playoffs with a 3-0 start to the
time a Western Conference team defeated another West team
eight times in a season without a loss was when the 1995-96
Seattle SuperSonics went 8-0 vs Houston.
going to complete the sweep, they will have to do it without
Mike Conley. Their starting point guard will not play in
Game 4 after he took an elbow from Blazers guard C.J.
McCollum to the face in Game 3. Conley is one of the team
leaders, and even with Marc Gasol becoming the first player
since Tim Duncan to have at least 15 points, four assists
and three blocks in three straight playoff games, replacing
Conley won't be easy.
has been nursing a sprained ankle, leaving Nick Calathes and
seldom-used Russ Smith as the only healthy options coach
Dave Joerger has at point guard.
no one has ever come back 0-3," Blazers guard Damian
Lillard said. "That is the easy thing to say: 'No one
has come back 0-3.' It's not impossible. We've got another
game at home. If our minds are right and we take care of
business at home — get a win, have some pride, do not get
swept at home — it gives us a chance to steal one in
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells to his team
during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball
playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks,Saturday, April
18, 2015, in Chicago. The Bulls won 103-91.
Bulls, Chicago leads 3-1, 8 p.m., TNT
Rose's eight turnovers drew the bulk of the attention after
Milwaukee's 92-90 win Saturday, but Bulls coach Tom
Thibodeau was just as concerned with the 28 giveaways his
said the Bulls looked at all the turnovers and
"obviously some were (Milwaukee's) defense," but
some were due to Chicago's errors and decision-making.
if you hold onto it too long, or you dance with the ball, or
you're trying a risky pass, it's going to lead to
problems," Thibodeau said. "Hit the first open
man, be sound with the ball. When we did that, we got good
the ball-security issues, the Bulls had a chance to sweep
the series. Forward Mike Dunleavy hasn't lost sight of the
Bulls' strong position.
the reality is we didn't play very well, but we had the ball
with 20 seconds left and a chance to win the game,"
Dunleavy said. "You turn it over 28 times and to be in
that position, you're doing a lot of things right. We've
just got to correct the things we're not doing right."
rookie forward Nikola Mirotic is listed as probable for the
game with a strained left quad.