It was not the best start of the competition the NBA playoffs for the Toronto Raptors of Marc Gasol Y Serge Ibaka, who fell on their track before the Orlando Magic (101-104) and lost the field advantage in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Gasol continued as a starter and had 13 points and 6 rebounds, but he could never dominate the Magic's top men in the 32 minutes he was on the court. In addition it was along with the star forward Kawhi Leonard those who did not coordinate well the markings in the play in which at the end the base D.J. Augustin, with 3.5 seconds remaining, scored the triple that broke the tie on the scoreboard and gave the Magic victory.
Gasol himself at the end of the game admitted that he and Leonard mixed their defensive tasks with Augustin's decisive shot, leaving the guard open. "It was a mistake made in that play," said Gasol. "We communicated poorly and he made a good shot."
While Ibaka, who played 19 minutes as reserve, did not have his best inspiration encestadora to provide five points after scoring 2 of 6 shots, one that shot from outside the perimeter. The player of Congolese origin had a leading role in the painting by capturing eight rebounds - seven defensive - gave an assist, put a stopper, lost a ball and committed three personal fouls.
The Golden State hits first
The current NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, they did not fail in the first game against the Los Angeles Clippers (121-104), with 38 points and 15 rebounds from their big star Stephen Curry.
The base made 11 of his 16 field goals, including 8 of 12 triples, and got his best rebounder in a playoff game. His last triple, the 386 of his career in the series for the title, allows him to beat Ray Allen on the all-time triple list in a playoff.
The eaves Kevin Durant he also responded in the star plan and achieved another 23 points, captured four rebounds, gave three assists, put three blocks and recovered a ball before being sent off with 4:41 minutes to go.
Durant had a confrontation with baseman Patrick Beverley of the Clippers, and after receiving a double technical foul both players, 19 seconds later came back to face each other dialectically and referee Ed Malloy sent them to the locker room.
For its part, the San Antonio Spurs won at home to the Denver Nuggets (96-101) and regained the track factor. The guard DeMar DeRozan, who contributed 18 points, and the steal of ball made by the base Derrick White with two seconds left until the end of regulation time made possible the victory.
Once again, the great defense that the Spurs played in the decisive moments, made the difference against some Nuggets, who could never be in front of the scoreboard in the fourth period.