NBA playoffs 2022: Bucks-Celtics, Warriors-Grizzlies kick off second round (2022)

The Athletic NBA Staff

May 2, 2022 at 1:23 PM EDT

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We've moved on to Round 2 of the NBA playoffs, and the field has been cut in half from where things started two weeks ago.

The defending champion Bucks and high-powered Warriors hit the road today to face the Celtics and Grizzlies, respectively, to start the second round.

Follow along as The Athletic NBA staff provides news, analysis, observations and more as the playoffs march along.

SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE

  • Game 1: Bucks 101, Celtics 89 (Milwaukee leads 1-0)
  • Game 1: Warriors 117, Grizzlies 116 (Golden State leads 1-0)

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May 1, 2022 at 9:27 PM EDT

Giannis dominates Celtics defense as Boston searches for answers

It felt like it had been forever since the Celtics had strung together a few stops in a row. The Celtics had been trying to go on a run to close the gap in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t take off.

So after Al Horford forced a Jrue Holiday miss, the moment looked like it was finally there as Giannis Antetokounmpo kept trying to drive through Grant Williams and kept bouncing off a brick wall.

Williams had been fighting him relentlessly throughout the afternoon, but you can never completely shut down Antetokounmpo. You can only hold him before he eventually breaks through.

So as Williams kept taking blow after blow and standing tall, Antetokounmpo had to go deep into his bag. He faked like he was going to a fadeaway, got Williams out of position, and then somehow slipped right under the Celtics big.

He was out of control and too far from the basket to pull off one of his extend-o Monstar slams. It looked like the play was over, so Jayson Tatum just watched the ball fly off the backboard and waited for it to fall into his hands.

Like the Greek Freak would ever let that happen.

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Jared Weiss·

Staff Writer, Celtics

GO FURTHERGiannis Antetokounmpo dominates Celtics defense as Boston searches for answers

May 1, 2022 at 7:19 PM EDT

Explanation on Draymond's Flagrant 2

Kane Fitzgerald on why Draymond Green was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul instead of a Flagrant 1 (per the pool report):

"Well, there’s a couple things. The first part was the wind up and significant contact to the face, and then the pull down from the jersey grab and throw down to the floor to an airborne vulnerable player makes that unnecessary and excessive. That’s what led to the flagrant foul penalty two."

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William Guillory·

Staff Writer, Pelicans

May 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT

Kerr: 'We outrebounded them. First time we've done that this season'

It was 51-47 Warriors on the glass. Sixteen offensive rebounds for both teams.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 1, 2022 at 6:53 PM EDT

Draymond shows Jordan Poole love

Despite being ejected in the first half, Draymond was right there to show Jordan Poole some love after his team-high 31-point performance.

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Hunter Patterson

May 1, 2022 at 6:49 PM EDT

Chase Center reacts to the Warriors' win

Golden State held a watch party for its fans in San Francisco. Check out the reactions once the buzzer sounded.

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Hunter Patterson

🗣 LET’S GOOOOOOOOOOOO

Playoffs Watch Party || @Chase https://t.co/ntqKnB6y0d pic.twitter.com/eU01SdWsf9

— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) May 1, 2022

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May 1, 2022 at 6:36 PM EDT

The streak continues for the Warriors

That is now 25 consecutive playoff series the Steph Curry-led Warriors have won a road game.

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Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

May 1, 2022 at 6:34 PM EDT

Warriors pull out a 117-116 win in Game 1

Just a monster of a series opening win for the Warriors on the road. Down without an ejected Draymond Green in the second half.

Jordan Poole had 31 points off the bench. Klay Thompson hit go-ahead 3. Steph Curry had 24. Game 2 on Tuesday with Draymond back.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

Game 1 DUB ✔️ pic.twitter.com/V1djY2855o

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 at 6:26 PM EDT

Big stop by Steph Curry

Steph Curry screaming at the Warriors bench after that steal on Ja Morant in crunch time:

"Locked that sh*t up, boy. I locked that shit up."

Warriors up 117-116 with 6.7 seconds remaining.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 1, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT

Four-guard look for the Warriors down the stretch

Warriors with four guards and a wing on the floor down the stretch: Curry, Payton, Poole, Klay, Wiggins.

Needed GP2 back on the floor for Morant, couldn't take Poole off the floor because of his offense. But now you have Klay/Wiggins boxing out Clarke/Jackson.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 1, 2022 at 6:20 PM EDT

All even at 114

Kerr pulls Gary Payton II and Ja Morant immediately makes him pay with two driving layups, plus the foul on the latter.

GP2 checks back in and makes a reverse layup to even the score at 114.

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May 1, 2022 at 6:11 PM EDT

Season-high for Jaren Jackson Jr.

Six made 3s for Jaren Jackson Jr. Ties a season-high. Only makes 1.6 per game on average.

His 33 points are a season-high.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

33 FOR @jarenjacksonjr 🦄 pic.twitter.com/k1IJvGt6XH

— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 at 6:05 PM EDT

Morant connecting from deep

Ja Morant has made four three-pointers (nine attempts). The last time he made four in a game was a March 3 loss at Boston. He was 4-for-12.

The game before that, Feb. 28 against San Antonio, he was 4-for-4. Morant was 4-for-20 from 3 in the first round against Minnesota

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Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

May 1, 2022 at 6:03 PM EDT

Here comes Curry

That's a plus-5 for the Warriors in 4:30 to open the fourth quarter with Steph Curry resting and Draymond Green in the locker room.

If Warriors take this road Game 1, that's probably the biggest stretch. Curry coming in after the timeout.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 1, 2022 at 6:02 PM EDT

Golden State steps up with Curry resting

Stephen Curry has played 30 minutes. The Warriors are buying valuable minutes by expanding the lead with Curry sitting.

He should be fresh for the stretch.

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Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

May 1, 2022 at 5:56 PM EDT

It's official, we've got a Poole Party in Memphis

Jordan Poole up to 29 points in his first playoff game off the bench. 11-of-19 from the field in 30 minutes.

Massive open to the fourth with Steph Curry resting.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

Jordan Poole shot it from The Bay! pic.twitter.com/u8JUNxTTb3

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 at 5:52 PM EDT

Some themes to watch down the stretch

The Warriors desperately needed that third quarter after Draymond Green's ejection with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter. They won it by seven.

Some themes to watch heading into what could be a thrilling final period:

Golden State really attacked Ja Morant on screens in the third. Let's see if they continue it in the fourth. On the other end, the Warriors are going way under ball screens for Morant. Can he make them pay with his jumper? Or will he use that space to create momentum and get into the lane?

He's got some hot shooters to facilitator for, including Jaren Jackson Jr., who's got 28 points and has drained five 3s.

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Fred Katz·

Staff Writer, Knicks

May 1, 2022 at 5:50 PM EDT

Warriors lead 91-90 at the end of the third

That's a plus-7 third quarter for the Warriors without Draymond Green.

Ten big Kevon Looney minutes on the back end of the defense and then a three-guard bombs away offensive approach. Four combined 3s from Curry/Poole that quarter. They're up one heading to fourth.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

Four treys tonight for SC30 🎯

📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/7O27f3rfIc

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 at 5:31 PM EDT

Warriors laying off Ja from 3

Warriors are giving Ja Morant any 3 he wants. Laying way off of him.

He's already taken a playoff-high seven. Made three. But Warriors aren't backing off the strategy.

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Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

May 1, 2022 at 5:27 PM EDT

9-0 run for the Warriors

Curry and Poole lead the charge as the Warriors take a 68-66 lead with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter.

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Hunter Patterson

Count 'em up
1,2,3,4

📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/gH1M0Hg64o

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 at 5:17 PM EDT

Players around the league chime in on Draymond's ejection

That Draymond Green ejection has the league's attention for sure.

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Law Murray·

Staff Writer, Clippers

We gotta have better context with these rules man.

— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 1, 2022

Can’t officiate the PLAYER officiate the PLAY

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) May 1, 2022

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