NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Heat, Suns look to take control in Game 2s -

NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Heat, Suns look to take control in Game 2s

May 4, 2022 at 9:14 PM EDT

Payton II to miss at least 3 weeks

The MRI on Warriors guard Gary Payton II showed slight ligament damage along with his fractured left elbow, sources told The Athletic. He will miss at least three weeks and has not been ruled out for a return in the NBA Finals.

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Shams Charania

Shams Charania·

Senior Insider, NBA

May 4, 2022 at 8:44 PM EDT

Harden pacing 76ers at the half

Decent James Harden half (16 points, 5 assists), all things considered. Got by some defenders when Miami single covered, needs shooters to convert a bit more when they double.

Sixers got back into single digits with small-ball. Can’t do it the whole half, but gotta lean into it.

Miami leads 60-52 at halftime.

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann·

Staff Writer, 76ers

May 4, 2022 at 8:32 PM EDT

Philadelphia working to keep it close

Sixers are only credited with three fast break points, but the only reason they’re even down 10 right now is the stuff they’re getting in early offense.

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann·

Staff Writer, 76ers

May 4, 2022 at 8:15 PM EDT

Meanwhile in Brooklyn…

Ben Simmons will undergo back surgery Thursday, the Nets announced.

“After consultation with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben’s long-term health is for him to undergo surgery,” the team said in a statement. “The microdiscectomy procedure, scheduled for Thursday, is designed to alleviate pain caused by the herniated disc in Ben’s back. Further dates will be provided following the procedure.”

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By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 4, 2022 at 8:07 PM EDT

Heat go on 7-0 run to end the first quarter

Classic Miami/Spoelstra/Riley “skirmish” win — a seemingly innocuous 7-0 run to end the first. But what happened? The Sixers went zone but inexplicably lost Tyler Herro for a 3; gave a rim run to Dewayne Dedmon and allowed Herro a straight-line drive for a layup.

The Heat live for those little spurts throughout games — just a little dropoff of concentration by the opponent.

David Aldridge

David Aldridge·

Senior Columnist, NBA

May 4, 2022 at 7:52 PM EDT

76ers come out hot

Strus-Bam two-man game is hurting the Sixers early. Some of that is Jordan (why are you fouling there?) but the Sixers also switched up to put Green on Vincent and Maxey on Strus.

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann·

Staff Writer, 76ers

May 4, 2022 at 7:27 PM EDT

76ers sticking with Game 1 starters

Same starters for the Sixers in Game 2: Maxey-Harden-Green-Harris-Jordan

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann·

Staff Writer, 76ers

May 4, 2022 at 6:45 PM EDT

Celtics frustrate Giannis, Bucks

Following a 109-86 loss in Game 2 in Boston, the Bucks need to find plenty of solutions before taking the floor for Game 3 on Saturday in Milwaukee. With a stronger second-half performance, Giannis Antetokounmpo ended the night with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but there is no denying how difficult the Celtics made things for the Bucks offensively in the first half before playing the entire second half with the game out of reach.

Eric Nehm

Eric Nehm·

Staff Writer, Bucks

May 4, 2022 at 6:03 PM EDT

Backcourt struggles and more

Immediately after the Sixers’ loss to Miami in Game 1, the topic of discussion was the decision to start DeAndre Jordan and how Philadelphia handled its center rotation in the game.

After rewatching the film from Game 1, here are a few other things that stood out and perhaps can be corrected tonight.

Rich Hofmann

Rich Hofmann·

Staff Writer, 76ers

May 4, 2022 at 5:20 PM EDT

Heat notes ahead of Game 2

Today is Victor Oladipo’s 30th birthday. Seems like he should be younger than that; losing most of two-plus seasons to surgeries can have that effect.

Jimmy Butler is averaging 2.6 steals per game in the playoffs.

A word about the NBA’s top sixth man, Tyler Herro. His plus-minus in the playoffs is a -2.8, the worst on the Heat for anyone averaging at least 5 minutes per game. This means teams are successfully “hunting” him — or seeking him out and exploiting his weakness defensively; just not enough to chase Tyler off the floor, or, more importantly, to beat the Heat. The Sixers really need to dial up the pressure on Herro tonight, if they can.

Joe Vardon

Joe Vardon·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 4, 2022 at 4:42 PM EDT

‘We’re gonna have some fun’

Ja Morant went for 18 points just in the fourth quarter Tuesday. He scored the Grizzlies’ final 15 points of the night — over the last 4 minutes, 16 seconds of game time. He finished the 106-101 victory with 47 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. And he saved the best for after the buzzer when he sought out Curry to convey a familiar message:

“We gonna have some fun,” Morant told him.

Fred Katz

Fred Katz·

Staff Writer, Knicks

May 4, 2022 at 3:30 PM EDT

Warriors say Dillon Brooks ‘broke the code’

Steve Kerr felt Dillon Brooks crossed a line in the first quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday. A line that shouldn’t ever be crossed. A line that Kerr was going to make sure we knew Brooks crossed. We know this because Kerr said it several times on the postgame podium, looking as angry as he’s been in a media setting during his time coaching the Warriors.

His voice was strained. He spoke bitterly about Brooks’ swinging shot to Gary Payton II’s face, which sent Payton awkwardly to the floor and fractured his left elbow, putting him out indefinitely. The Grizzlies wing was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. And Kerr was still furious about 10 minutes after the Warriors’ 106-101 loss to Memphis at FedEx Forum that tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Tim Kawakami

Tim Kawakami·

Senior Columnist & EIC, Bay Area


Kawakami: ‘Dillon Brooks broke the code’ — Steve Kerr and the Warriors’ rage and the balance that was tipped in Game 2

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