Cavs, Rockets Rebound from Game 2 Losses

<span class=Trevor Ariza" width="225" height="300" data-recalc-dims="1" />The NBA Playoffs are getting very interesting. Every second round series is tied, meaning each home team has lost home-field advantage. On Wednesday night, the Cavaliers tried to rebound from their Game 1 loss to the Bulls. With their home crowd behind them, Cleveland jumped out to an early lead and went into the locker room up by 20 points at halftime. Chicago could never really get close and lost the game, 106-91. Chicago can be happy they stole one on the road, but overall cannot be happy with their effort on both ends of the court.

Next up, Houston tried to tie the series with a Game 2 win over the Clippers. The Rockets showed a lot more heart and effort in the first quarter, but relaxed in the second as they were outscored by 20 points. With the hack-a-Howard strategy in place, there was a game-high 42 free throws attempted by Houston. They tightened things up and played with more focus in the second half to take the lead and victory.  Game 3 for both series will be on Friday.

FantasyDraft Top Performers:

The big boys down low were at the top of the leaderboard Wednesday night. Blake Griffin had another big game with 34 points and 15 rebounds for 62.75 fantasy points. On the opposite side, Dwight Howard also had a double-double with 24 points and 16 rebounds, totaling 59.50 fantasy points for the night.

LeBron James was more aggressive in the Game 2 blowout over the Bulls. James said he treated Game 1 as a “feel out” game, but needed to lead in the next one. He scored 33 points and grabbed 8 boards for 55.50 fantasy points. It was clear he was comfortable all over the court. Derrick Rose had a double-double, but it was mainly because of what he did in garbage time. The game was a rout from the tip, but Rose still put up 41.25 fantasy points.

The steal of the night was Trevor Ariza ($11,200). He only knocked down one shot from behind the arc, but had 15 points and added 13 rebounds for 37.75 fantasy points.

Position Player Salary Fantasy Points
FC Blake Griffin $20,200 62.75
FC Dwight Howard $16,100 59.5
FC LeBron James $22,000 55.5
G James Harden $20,000 48.25
G Derrick Rose $14,700 41.25
FC DeAndre Jordan $15,100 40
FC Trevor Ariza $11,200 37.75
G Jamal Crawford $8,800 35.25

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