We tip off the 20th day of the 2013 NBA playoffs with our Playoff Machine coverage of the second round. Here you'll find updating images, analysis, reactions, video and more from the action on Friday. This post will update regularly with news, analysis and hilarity, so keep coming back, campers.
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Sometimes, Manu Ginobili is still ridiculous. In a strong third quarter, Ginobili hit some shots and also mad this ridiculous pass off his Euro-Step:
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Halftime update -- The Tony Parker show is in full effect in Game 3. Parker had 25 points in the first half on 11 of 14 shooting and just shredded the Warriors' defense by going left and finding his shot. The Spurs have found a great balance between sharing the ball and letting Parker hunt for his points. In Game 2 of this series, the Spurs had just 14 assists on 35 made shots in the entire game. In this game, they have 10 assists on 25 made shots, but nine of their makes have come from Tony Parker just creating for himself. When he's not attacking off the dribble, the rest of the team is moving the ball around for scoring chances. It's something the Warriors have to figure out how to defend. Do you keep letting Parker attack and just concentrate on not letting anybody else getting in rhythm or do you force the ball out of Parker's hands?
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry started out hot making three of his first five shots, but he missed all four attempts in the second quarter. Luckily for the Warriors, Jarrett Jack has been effective off the bench with nine points, all coming in the second quarter. They even got a boost from David Lee off the bench to give them a little versatility. But they have to get Klay Thompson going. He only made one shot (a corner 3-pointer) in the first half and has been defended beautifully by Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.
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Tony Parker with the Cirque du Soleil shot. Get it? It's like the French circus shot.
And in .gif form:
Andrew Bogut, dunking on Boris Diaw's face.
What an amazing chasedown block... by Nate Robinson? On LeBron James?!?! What?!?!
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Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers were having a little disagreement in the third quarter. And Joakim Noah seemed to really be enjoying it.
And a GIF because it's that good:
Halftime Update: How do you have an ugly high scoring game? Like that. The first half between the Heat and Bulls was a back-and-forth affair with a lot of shoving and technicals thrown in. Both teams shot exceptionally well, with the Heat taking a late lead off some threes and execution. But the Bulls are getting the shots they want and knocking them down, and Carlos Boozer has been huge.
Jimmy Butler has foul trouble, which is something to watch, and Joakim Noah and LeBron James each have a technical. High scoring, good offense brawlfest. Weird game.
Spurs go back to their standard rotation with Tiago Splitter back in for Game 3:
Spurs' Tiago Splitter to start tonight v. Warriors.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 11, 2013
And then sometimes Marco Belinelli tries to dunk:
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Nazr Mohammed was ejected for this and rightly so. We have at least two more games of this stuff.
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This will not be your only dustup tonight.
No emotional returns, no big talent boost, just more of the same for the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 against Miami. The Bulls announced at shootaround on Friday that PG Derrick Rose, PG Kirk Hinrich and SF Luol Deng are all out for Game 3.
The Warriors are learning, though. They're growing. They survived a collapse in Game 6 against the Nuggets, and couldn't do the same in Game 1 against San Antonio. But they made the plays this time around. They hit shots, made free throws and took care of the basketball. They didn't serve anything up on a platter for the Spurs, because they're a team that will punish your mistakes.
There's a flipside to this, too, though: The Warriors have to feel a serious tinge of regret knowing they should be up 2-0 headed to Oracle Arena. They're not, and they'll happily take a split, because that's the goal, anyway, but a commanding 2-0 lead was within their grasp. They can't dwell on that, either. Because, really, the Warriors have outplayed the Spurs twice in San Antonio. They were only rewarded with one win, but sometimes that's the way it breaks.
Down 0-1 and desperately needing to win Game 2 to avoid an 0-2 hole heading to Chicago, Miami decided to remind everybody why they have those championship rings and why they ended up with 66 wins this season. When the entire machine is working, there isn't a defense that can stifle what they do.
The Bulls tried to suck them into a chippy, grind it out game early on. For a short while, it was working. The Heat players were getting in the faces of Bulls players and racking up technicals. But that only lasted for so long. LeBron James started scoring and the floodgates on outside shooting for the Heat opened up. The deluge of points became too much for the Bulls to handle, and there wasn't any amount of scrapping or agitating that would work.
Officiating assignments for Game 3: Monty McCutchen, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner
Officiating assignments for Game 3: Joey Crawford, David Guthrie and Derrick Stafford