[Moderated by Matt Jones]
With so many former Kentucky Wildcats scattered around the NBA on various rosters, I thought it would be appropriate to look back on yesterday’s round of NBA playoff games to see how our favorite NBA Cats performed. The reviews were mixed for the 3 former Wildcats in action yesterday…
Rondo probably made the most headlines in his opening round playoff game for the Celtics. Rondo was ejected from the game for bumping into the referee. Prior to his ejection, Rondo had 20 points and 11 assists in the losing effort for the Celtics. Rondo will have to sit the next game for the Celtics, who are in a 1-0 hole to the Atlanta Hawks. “I didn’t intentionally chest-bump him, but that’s what it appears to be,” Rondo said following the game.
Kanter saw 10 minutes of action in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs. I actually watched a large portion of the 10 minutes in which Kanter played. He looked a bit slow and missed the rim completely on two of the shots I saw him take. Kanter had 2 points and 3 rebounds for the Jazz.
Bledsoe had the most exciting performance by a former Cat in the opening game for the LA Clippers. Bledsoe was an integral part of one of the biggest comebacks in NBA playoff history. The Clippers trailed by as many as 27 points late in the game, yet managed to rally to top the Grizzlies, who were completely stunned, by one point. Bledsoe hit a few key shots down the stretch and found himself on the court during the crucial stretches of the game. He finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. In the post-game interview, Clipper star point guard Chris Paul made sure to say some kind words about Bledsoe’s contribution to the comeback.
(I love Eric Bledsoe’s face in the still frame)
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