It looked like James Harden hurt his hamstring on his first drive of the game. He immediately grabbed at his right hamstring, never ran – or even jogged – again, and walked straight back to the locker room.
Hawks small forward De’Andre Hunter was ruled out with right knee soreness. He’d started every game of Atlanta’s first-round series victory over the Knicks and is a key piece for the Hawks defensively.
Too often coaches are relieved of their duties when a team underperforms instead of poor roster construction being taken into account. Dallas’ roster has gone through many makeovers since their 2011 championship, but Carlisle was the main cog.Brooklyn Nets
The Nets fought back and had plenty of chances to come away with the win, but that fast start by Milwaukee set the tone early.Atlanta Hawks
Kidd just finished his second season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s of course been a head coach before, with the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, and with every head coaching opening that has come thus far (Boston Celtics, Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic) his name has surfaced.Memphis Grizzlies
The Suns were six-point favorites in Game 1 and cruised to a 122-105 victory, thanks to four starters scoring at least 20 points. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton each posted a double-double while Devin Booker went for 21 and Mikal Bridges led all scorers with 23 points.
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"The reason that their crowd is yelling "Suns in four" and they're calling for a sweep, because if we play like this back in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series."Detroit Pistons
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