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"The Stack" 4-19-16

Kevin Durant struggled with his shot all night long and the Dallas Mavericks were able to upset Oklahoma City in game two 85-84 to tie the series 1-1. Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant struggled with his shot all night long and the Dallas Mavericks were able to upset Oklahoma City in game two 85-84 to tie the series 1-1.
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The Minnesota Wild finally showed some signs of offense against the Dallas Stars Monday night, scoring five of the last six goals in route to a 5-3 win. They still trail 2-1 in the series.
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Tremendous playoff action across the board last night whether it was on the court or the ice.  The Stack is here with reaction to it all so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Wednesday, April 19th:

 

KD ice cold, Thunder lose at the buzzer

 

Kevin Durant had a terrible shooting night and the Oklahoma City Thunder lost a game to the Dallas Mavericks 85-84.  The Mavericks played much better than they did in game one.  They even had to overcome Deron Williams having to go to the bench midway through the third quarter meaning Devin Harris had to play the rest of the way.  The story of the game though was Durant and his wretched shooting.  He finished 7-for-33 by far the worst of his career.  He was awful yet the Thunder still had a chance late after Raymond Felton missed two free throws for the Mavericks.  Russell Westbrook couldn’t get his shot to go then Durant couldn’t get one to fall, but Seven Adams got the putback in only after the clock expire with the ball still in his hand.  It was really close, but Dallas escaped with a win.  Still think OKC wins this series, but it is this time of game that doesn’t give me confidence if I’m a Thunder fan that they can beat the Spurs in the semifinals.

 

No Steph, no problem for the Warriors

 

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry made the smart decision to sit out Monday and rest his bum ankle.  It helps when you’re playing a dysfunctional team like the Houston Rockets.  The Rockets played much better in this one, but still fell to the Warriors 115-106.  Klay Thompson dropped in 34 points for the Warriors and Shaun Livingston had a great night shooting going 7-for-9 and 16 points.  Curry may sit game three too, but I would rather just put the Rockets away and not give them a game.  We’ll see though.

 

Raptors even series with Pacers

 

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Knowing they couldn’t head out on the road down 0-2 in the series, the Toronto Raptors played like a more desperate team, taking down the Indiana Pacers 98-87.  Paul George was really the only Pacers player that played worth a damn.  He scored 28 points, but his one man show wasn’t enough.  The Raptors had a balanced attack and Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds.  Raptors just need to figure out a way to take one game in Indianapolis.  They’ll have to if they want to win the series.  Tuesday’s NBA playoff schedule is as follows:

 

#5 Boston Celtics @ #4 Atlanta Hawks 7 PM ET TNT (Hawks lead series 1-0)

 

#7 Memphis Grizzlies @ #2 San Antonio Spurs 9:30 PM ET (Spurs lead series 1-0)

 

Capitals take commanding 3-0 series lead over Flyers

 

Let it be known to all…this Washington Capitals team is different.  It was a close game going into the third period with the Capitals leading 2-1, but the Capitals poured it on.  First a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov off of a shot off the boards got by Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason made it 3-1.  Mason has had a very difficult series especially after that bad goal he gave up in game two.  It only got worse after Dmitry Orlov was sent into the boards by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare who received a five-minute major.  The Capitals scored two more power play goals, Philadelphia fans were classy as they always are and threw bracelets they received for the game onto the ice and the Capitals won 6-1.  Yeah, they have this series under control.  Didn’t even mention that Alexander Ovechkin had two goals in the game until now.

 

Wild, Kings both get back into their series

 

The Minnesota Wild had scored one goal in the first two games of their series combined down in Dallas.  Four minutes into the game, it looked like the Wild were going to be punched in the proverbial gut and the series would be over after Patrick Sharp scored two goals for the Stars to give them a quick 2-0 lead.  That changed fairly quickly though.  The Wild played much better offensively and got sticks in front of the net, re-directing several shots and making life difficult for Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.  It was Chris Porter’s goal late in the first period that really turned things around and brought the arena to life.  Erik Haula tied the game on a redirect in the second period and Jason Pominville gave the Wild the lead during a four-on-four late in the second period.  A power play and empty net goal later and the Wild would finish off the Stars 5-3 to say, “hey we aren’t going away in this series quite yet.”  Expect the Stars to play a little different in game four, but expect the Wild to keep playing with that same offensive intensity.  Big win for them.

 

Speaking of big wins, the Los Angeles Kings had to enjoy the fact they were playing in San Jose where the Sharks are for some reason not so good at home.  Didn’t start that way early on with Joe Thornton scoring 30 seconds in to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.  It would be their first and last goal of the night.  Kings goalie Jonathan Quick played outstanding  stopping 29 of 30 shots and the Kings would win this game early in overtime on a goal by Tanner Pearson.  The Kings are right back in this series.  Here is Tuesday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule:

 

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Rangers 7 PM ET USA (Series tied 1-1)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Detroit Red Wings 7 PM ET NBCSN (Lightning lead series 2-1)

 

St. Louis Blues @ Chicago Blackhawks 9:30 PM ET NBCSN (Blues lead series 2-1)

 

Anaheim Ducks @ Nashville Predators 9:30 PM ET USA (Predators lead series 2-0)

 

Coming up Wednesday: NHL & NBA Playoff reaction from Tuesday night


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