Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the professional leagues in North America are bustling. What happened that night in American football, basketball, and ice hockey.
Basketball: Celtics Draw Series
The Boston Celtics tied for the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a major improvement. Two days after a disappointing 89:101 score, the NBA champion scored 109:86 against the defending champions on Tuesday night (local time). Unlike the first game in the best of seven series, Celtics fans saw consistently compelling performance. The hosts were never late and only used seven basketball players until a few minutes before the end. National player Daniel Theis was on the bench until the end.
The Celtics’ top player was Jaylen Brown, with 30 points. In the first quarter alone he had 17 points. “The question is how do you respond,” Brown said on US TV. Jason Tatum scored 29 points, Grant Williams, 21, and Giannis Antetokounmue was the Bucks most successful with 28 points, but was not Satisfied with only 11 shots in 27 attempts.
Unusually, both teams now have three full days to recover before game three on Saturday in Milwaukee. Four wins are necessary to advance to the conference finals.
The Golden State Warriors also have three days to recover from a narrow loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. 106-101 gave the Grizzlies their first win of the series and tied before the next two games in San Francisco. Memphis dominated the standoff for three quarters before Steve Carey’s Warriors took the lead for the first time in the last quarter and developed back and forth.
Grizzlies star Ja Morant secured his team’s best finish with decisive baskets. He finished with 47 points. “I took advantage of what the defense gave me. I was very happy with my shots,” Morant said. Curry scored 27 points for the Warriors.
Basketball: A difficult mistake angers the NBA
A fatal mistake by Dillon Brooks caused debates in the North American Basketball Association, and also caused the Golden State Warriors to lose the title winners. Gary Payton II was fouled by Brooks Tuesday night (local time) in his 101:106 fight at the Memphis Grizzlies and hit the ground hard. While Brooks was promptly fired for boarding, Payton II – son of former star Gary Payton – was initially diagnosed with a fractured left elbow.
In the series in a better than seven position, the score is now 1-1, and the Warriors are in danger of losing Payton II for an even longer period of time. Golden States coach Steve Kerr was outraged by the reckless rise of opponent Brooks. “I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was a dirty mistake. Playoff basketball is supposed to be tough, yes, but there is a code.” This code states that you do not jeopardize another NBA player’s career with such errors. Kerr Brooks was accused of “code-breaking”.
Hockey: Avalanches begin with a quick win
Title favorites Colorado Avalanche and Augsburg’s Nico Storm scored a landslide victory in the National Hockey League playoffs. In the 7-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night (local time), the homeowners were already 5-0 ahead by the end of the first half. Nathan McKinnon scored two goals and assisted another. Cal Makar also had three top scorers at the start of the series in a better than seven position with one goal and two assists. The team needs four wins to advance to the second round of playoffs. Sturm was on the ice to score, but didn’t shoot himself in about 11 minutes.
The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their third overtime to win 4-3 over the New York Rangers. Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin has made an amazing 79 saves. The Washington Capitals started their series with a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The Calgary Flames took an early lead over time, drawing 1-0 at home to the Dallas Stars.