Nuggets Avoid Sweep Against Warriors

So far, injuries have dominated the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

The Suns face the Pelicans in Game 4 in New Orleans without star Devin Booker, who is out with a hamstring injury. The Bucks were in the same boat as Khris Middleton, who missed Game 4 against the Bulls in Chicago with an MCL sprain. Both teams, who made it to the 2021 Finals, will likely miss their stars for the rest of their first-round series.

The Golden State Warriors are moving full steam ahead after Steph Curry returns to the lineup, even though he comes off the bench. The Warriors are set to sweep Nikola Jokić and the Nuggets. They head into Game 4 in Denver with a 3-0 series lead.

No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series.

Rounding out Sunday’s action is Game 4 in Atlanta between the Hawks and Heat, who will likely be without Kyle Lowry with a hamstring injury. Miami leads 2-1.

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Nuggets Avoid Sweep Against Warriors

Denver’s Nikola Jokic may or may not win his second straight MVP. He’s gorgeous anyway. Jokic had 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists and helped the Nuggets avoid a sweep with a 126-121 victory over Golden State in Game 4. The Warriors can close the series at home Wednesday (10 p.m. ET, DTT).

Will Barton hit a huge 3-point corner with 7.9 seconds left, giving the Nuggets a 126-121 lead.

Jokic also had help: Monte Morris scored 24 points including the go-ahead floater, Aaron Gordon had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists, and rookie Bones Hyland had 15 points off the bench.

Golden State’s Steph Curry had a weird game even with xx points. He was 10 for 23 from the field, just 3 for 11 of 3, missed four free throws in a game for the first time in his NBA career, but scored 15 points in the fourth quarter when the Warriors needed his attack.

Klay Thompson had 32 points on 12 for 20 shooting, including 7 for 11 on 3s.

Overall, the Warriors shot the ball well 50% from the field, 35.3% on 3s and 71.9% from the foul line – just not as good as the 56.2%, 48.4 % and 80.6% from Denver.

No Lowry for Heat in Game 4

Miami guard Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) was listed on the official injury report as questionable for Game 4 against Atlanta on Sunday, and just before the whistleblower the Heat ruled him out. The Heat own a 2-1 series lead but lost Game 3 where Lowry left the game late in the third quarter and did not return.

Nuggets trying to avoid elimination

Denver All-Star Nikola Jokic scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half against Golden State and helped the Nuggets take a 63-52 halftime lead with their season on the line. Trailed 3-0 in the series, Denver had its better half of the series. Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland each had 11 points for the Nuggets who shot 48.7 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range.

An oddity: Steph Curry – just 1 for 6 over 3s – missed consecutive free throws late in the second quarter. Andrew Wiggins had 14 points for the Warriors who shot 4-for-15-of-3 in the first half. Golden State’s Klay Thompson (10 points) committed his fourth foul with 0.5 seconds left in the half.

No Simmons in Game 4 for the Nets

There had been rumors that Brooklyn’s Ben Simmons would make his season debut in Game 4 against Boston. However, the Nets, who trail the Celtics 3-0 in the first-round series, ruled him out of Monday’s game with back pain/return-to-competition reconditioning. The way the Nets play (not well), it also doesn’t make sense for them to put Simmons in this situation with their season on the line. It’s just too much pressure for a player who hasn’t played. all season.

VanVleet questionable for Game 5

Toronto’s Fred VanVleet, the centerpiece of his success, is questionable for Game 5 against Philadelphia on Monday (8 p.m., NBA TV). VanVleet suffered a sprained left hip in the second quarter of the Raptors’ 110-102 victory in Game 4 on Saturday. The Raptors, down 3-1 in the series, have been battered by health issues in this series.

Takeaways from the Bucks’ Game 4 win

One team has Giannis Antetokounmpo and the other doesn’t. The Bucks star had 32 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks, lifting Milwaukee to a 119-95 victory over Chicago in Game 4. The Bucks own a 3-1 series lead and can eliminate the Bulls Wednesday at Milwaukee.

The Bucks used the 3-pointer — mostly from Grayson Allen (27 points, a playoff career high) and Jrue Holiday (26 points). Allen shot 10 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 on 3s. , and Holiday made 5 for 8 on 3s. With Khris Middleton injured, Allen stepped up. He had 22 points in Game 3 and is the first Bucks player to score at least five 3-pointers in consecutive playoff games.

Milwaukee is a solid defensive team, so the credit is there, but the Bulls only made 38.9 percent on shots and only 25 percent on 3s. In three losses in the series, the Bulls fell short of 90 in two and fell short of 100 in third.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points and 13 assists, and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and Patrick Williams added 20 points and 10 rebounds. DeRozan missed all five of his 3-point attempts.

Bulls’ Caruso out for remainder of game

Chicago has ruled out guard Alex Caruso for the remainder of Game 4, the team said. The Bulls said Caruso suffered a facial injury and ESPN reported that Caruso was being checked for a concussion. Alex Caruso didn’t start the second half and wasn’t on the bench with the team. Caruso didn’t score in the first half but had four assists, four rebounds and a steal.

It’s official: Embiid tore his thumb ligament

Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers confirmed on Sunday that center Joel Embiid has a torn ligament in his right thumb, but the star will play until the end of the Sixers playoffs. It’s likely that Embiid will need surgery after the season.

It is clear that the thumb bothers him. “Obviously he’s going to have a little trouble with that,” Rivers said on Saturday. “He has to get used to it too. He’s never played with it. I think we’re both going to learn a lot – what he can do and what he can’t do.”

Bucks in charge in Game 4

Even without an injured Khris Middleton, Milwaukee is trying to make quick work of Chicago in their opening round series. Leading 2-1, the Bucks took a 56-41 halftime lead in Game 4. Bobby Portis (11 points, five rebounds) and Grayson Allen (16 points, three steals) led the Bucks in the first half. -weather. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Allen continues to make 3 points — he was 4 for 5 of 3, and the Bucks shot 47.4 percent from nine while making 3 in the first half.

Zach LaVine had 12 points and Nik Vucevic had 11 for the Bulls, who were just 29.4 percent from 3 and did not shoot a free throw in the first two quarters.

‘Third Splash Brother’ Jordan Poole has a long history as a playoff star

This isn’t the first time Poole has decided the playoffs would be his breakout party.

There’s the shot everyone remembers – his 3-point scorer who pushed the Michigan Wolverines past the Houston Cougars in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Tournament. Poole, then a freshman, came out off the bench with Duncan Robinson for a team that reached the championship game.

But Poole’s playoff poise actually traces his origin story to his junior year of high school, long before his performances through three games of the 2022 NBA Playoffs helped the Golden State Warriors take a 3-0 lead over the Denver Nuggets.

As a teenager at Rufus King — a public school powerhouse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Poole buried a shot just inside the logo, sending the game into overtime. Rufus King won and qualified for the state tournament.

“He’s a winner,” then-coach Jim Gosz told USA TODAY Sports from Denver, hours before Gosz watched the Warriors punish the Nuggets for the third straight game. Poole had 27 points to complete Games 1 and 2 of 30 and 29, respectively. “Wherever he went, he won.”

—Chris Bumbaca

Nuggets Avoid Sweep Against Warriors

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