Up is down, black is white and the Mavericks nearly won a game with defense. Game 1 of this Western Conference series hardly went by the book, as two of the best offensive teams in basketball traded stops en route to a 90-85 Spurs win.
Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts threw down a poster dunk over Heat forward/center Chris “Birdman” Andersen during Miami’s 99-88 home victory in Game 1 on Sunday.
Indiana’s demoralizing Game 1 loss to Atlanta has earned the team a tongue-lashing from outspoken TNT commentator Charles Barkley.
Ornery Spurs coach Gregg Popovich delivered a heartfelt message of support to TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Sunday.
Sager, who announced recently that he is battling acute myeloid leukemia, was replaced on the sideline by his son, Craig Sager, Jr. After taking two questions prior to the fourth quarter, Popovich turned to the camera and expressed his best wishes to Sager.
“You did a great job, but I’d rather have your dad standing here,” Popovich said to the younger Sager. “Craig, we miss you. You’ve been an important part of all of this for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court, and I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here. Good luck.”
The NBA acknowledged Sunday that its referees missed a crucial foul call during the closing minute of the Warriors’ 109-105 road victory over the Clippers in Game 1 on Saturday.