Change of the Guard
The NBA playoffs have had one story the entire time, whether or not any one could beat the Warriors.
The past two nights have shifted the entire table for the playoffs though.
Two nights ago, Stephen Curry came back from his ankle sprain. Only to slip on a wet spot and “sprain his knee” as it sounds right now. He will be reevaluated in two weeks to see if he can play.
This left it wide open for the Clippers who were favored to take down the Trail Blazers. Last night, that all changed though as well.
With the Clippers up 2-1 in the series, they looked to take a huge 3-1 advantage. However, in the second half, Chris Paul left the floor after making a pass. He was in obvious pain, and we find out that he broke a bone in his hand.
The Trail Blazers took full advantage, and went on to a 14-point victory.
With one half of the Splash Brothers injured, and the only guard threat for the Clippers is now out for who knows how long, this opens the window for other teams especially in the Western Conference.
With these injuries, the Trail Blazers now have the best guard combo in the playoffs. They are an athletic duo, and bring a high scoring style that can push the Clippers now, and give the Warriors a possible run.
Then there is the Spurs and Thunder. They will face each other in the next round. However, the winner of that series was originally expected to be facing the Warriors, all of a sudden that could be different. If Stephen Curry doesn’t come back, the Spurs or Thunder become the favorite to win the West.
The Clippers-Trail Blazers and Rockets-Warriors series both play again tonight.