NBA Playoff Nightcap: May 3rd Edition

You know those Windows 7 commercials where they show someone talking about how Windows 7 was their idea and then while they are talking they cut to a supposedly "more attractive" version of themselves having the idea dawn on them?  If you don't check this out.  Now am I alone in thinking that in the one I just linked to - with the French chick - that the non-model is actually hotter than the model?  This is a very important question. 

Enough about that, there was some playoff basketball last night and presumably there is some sort of Suns-Spurs game tonight.  I suppose we can move on to talk about that.  But keep Charlene in mind.

Sunday May 2nd Playoff Results:

Atlanta Hawks 95 Milwaukee Bucks 74 (Recap)A moment of silence for my beloved Bucks.  You couldn't help but feel that when Milwaukee failed to close Atlanta out at home that they'd lost the series - a feeling the Hawks happily proved true.  The Hawks grabbed a 7 point lead after the first quarter and never looked back, holding Milwaukee to just 74 points in a dominant defensive performance.  The two primary Milwaukee scoring options - John Salmons and Brandon Jennings - shot a combined 11/36.  NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford led the charge for Atlanta, scoring 22 points while Al Horford added 16 and 15 boards.  This was the third consecutive year Atlanta has played in a first round Game 7 (Celtics in 2008 and Heat in 2009)- and their second straight win.

Los Angeles Lakers 104 Utah Jazz 99 (Recap): This game looked like it was headed on the quick road to blowout-ville as the Lakers hit 15 of their first 19 shots and took a 7 point first quarter lead.  But Utah hung tough and stayed within 8 going into the fourth quarter.  In fact, with 3:59 remaining in the fourth, the Jazz had grabbed a four point lead and looked to have momentum.  Enter Kobe Bryant.  The former MVP scored 11 of his 31 in that final 3:59 and helped deliver a win for the Lakers.  Pau Gasol added 25 and 12 rebounds for the Lakers while Andrew Bynum managed to play 25 minutes in spite of a knee injury.  Deron Williams led the Jazz with 24 points and 8 assists but the big struggle for Utah is going to be their lack of post presence to combat Gasol/Bynum.  Getting Andrei Kirilenko back should help the Jazz in some ways but he won't make up for starting Kyrylo Fesenko.

Conference Semifinals Series Standings:

(1) Lakers v. (5) Jazz: 1-0 Lakers

(3) Suns v. (7) Spurs

(1) Cavaliers v. (4) Celtics:  1-0 Cavaliers

(2) Magic v. (3) Hawks

Monday May 3rd Playoff Games:

Game 2 - Celtics @ Cavaliers: Cleveland had the NBA's best home record this season (35-6) and has won their first 4 home games of the playoffs.  With this information in mind I'll put my money on the Cavs in this one.  We should all be so lucky as to be able to score 35 points when our elbow is bothering us.

Game 1 - Spurs @ Suns:  Well here we go.  A post on the history of the series should fire up at 10, with the game preview following shortly thereafter.  At least we won't have to worry about the Suns taking San Antonio lightly in Game 1 (ala Portland).  

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