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SB Nation NBA Staff | May 11, 2014

NBA playoff scores, results and highlights from Saturday's action

Nets stay alive

We have something like a series out East. But the Spurs are not going to allow any hope whatsoever in the Pacific Northwest.

Miami Heat Recap
Brooklyn Nets Recap
90 - 104 2-1 MIA
San Antonio Spurs Recap
Portland Trail Blazers Recap
118 - 103 3-0 SA/span>
5 things to know
  • The Nets make it matter
    At some point in the third quarter, the Andray Blatche Game became the Mirza Teletovic Game. Before too long, this was simply the Nets' game.

    The Heat counter never came, and now we have a series, although it would be premature to suggest that the Nets did anything more than preserve their lifespan for a few more days. Six different Brooklyn players scored in double digits, not including Deron Williams who had 11 assists or Andrei Kirilenko who played 17 strong minutes off the bench.

    That’s the thing with the Nets. Despite that massive payroll and the huge names on the roster, they are a team built on depth. First-year coach Jason Kidd hasn’t been shy about experimenting (searching, some would call it) with different combinations and lineups. He may have found something that worked, or he may have merely delayed the inevitable. Either way, we have a meaningful Game 4 on tap Monday night. and that’s way more than we could say about this series before Saturday. -Paul Flannery
    The Spurs aren't boring. Any basketball fan should be able to appreciate their quick passing, beautiful team play and free-flowing style. But there are times when they are so ruthless that they sap any drama out of a game or series. That's why the incorrect stereotype persists.

    This is one of those times. The Blazers are overmatched, unable to muster up enough good defenders to stop San Antonio's perimeter game. Game 3 proved to be no different than Games 1 and 2. Tony Parker walked into four easy mid-range jumpers in the first few minutes on his way to a 29-point night, the deep bench significantly outplayed Portland's reserve unit and Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw frustrated LaMarcus Aldridge into another poor shooting game. Portland made a brief run to cut San Antonio's lead to seven in the third quarter, but San Antonio quickly answered, snatching away any chance of a competitive game or series.

    After a tightly-contested first round, it's odd seeing a team so thoroughly destroy another. Dammit, Spurs. You're too good. -Mike Prada
  • It's a walk-off
    I got my PhD in Fashions from a foreign grad school of questionable repute, so take this with a grain of salt, but I'm pretty sure they named overalls "overalls" because they're supposed to go, ya know, OVER ALL your clothing. Wearing them under your shirt then dropping the straps so they sag over your waist like a crotch mudflap kinda defeats the purpose.

    But Dwyane Wade's not here to explain his overall faux pas, he just wants to make sure you know overalls are back because he said so. Here's Wade:

    "Overalls are coming back."

    No they're not.

    "Just like I did with capris."

    No you didn't.

    "Now everyone's walking in arenas with their ankles showing."

    No they're not. You look silly, Dwyane. Everyone says so. What? Oh. OK, everyone but Brandon Jennings. Still. -Seth Rosenthal
  • Clank
    Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat know a thing or two about floor spacing. It's why Chris Bosh moonlights as a center and has expanded his game, if only slightly, to include three-point shooting. It's why Ray Allen was such a no-brainer signing for them a few summers ago and a hero for them in Game 6 in the finals last year.

    Now, it's why the Nets were able to make the Heat look like an average-at-best on offense while pulling off a huge win in Game 3. Watching Shane Battier botch wide-open three-pointers and Dwyane Wade look like a cat on a leash from beyond the arc throughout the game made it clear that Miami lacks the type of perimeter shooting needed to keep teams spaced out on defense.

    Will it be a fatal flaw for their run at a third straight title? It's hard to tell, but it's definitely an area opponents can use to their advantage. Add up the Heat's lack of perimeter shooting with their inability to stop the Nets from scorching from deep, and that's how Miami met their first loss of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

    Missing you, Mike Miller. -Andrew Garrison
  • Out with a thud
    This season was obviously a massive success for the Blazers. Portland went from 33 wins in 2012-13 to 54 in 2013-14, picked up its first playoff bid in a while and beat a star-studded Rockets team in six. Anyone who somehow didn't know about Damian Lillard learned. LaMarcus went to first-name celebrity status in the league. And the squad has plenty of fun moments.

    But after the fun comes the expectations, and this unceremonious whupping at the hands of the Spurs means that next season Portland will be expected to do more. We see where that got the Warriors, or heck, even the Rockets. Once this series mercifully ends, there are no more "nice to be heres" for Portland. Neil Olshey will be expected to build a team competitive with the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers. Terry Stotts will be expected to coach the Blazers to second-round victory. And if expectations aren't met, heads will roll.

    So uh, congratulations on making the second round again! -Tom Ziller

Tonight's Schedule
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers Oklahoma City leads 2-1 | 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards Pacers lead 2-1 | 8 p.m. ET, TNT Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

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