The NBA playoffs are in full swing and there can be a lot to unpack in a series of intense games to help us give you the three things you need to know from the last 24 hours in the NBA.  1) Donovan Mitchell, Utah, jumps back from Game 3 melting to beat the Rockets, expanding the series. There is a "what if" factor for Utah's victory on Monday night, which can be difficult for Jazz fans to ignore: What if the Utah Jazz had won Game 3 on Saturday when James Harden had a hard night's shooting? What if Donovan Mitchell hadn't melted late in that game?
Jazz fans should not fall for that temptation and instead enjoy what was a brilliant Game 4 wine at home. The kind of game a team of real pride plays, what type of game they played with the desperation needed in the off-season. A game where Jazz was the aggressors of the opening, and a game where Mitchell scored 1
Mitchell had a little help when he wasn't red hot. Jae Crowder ended with 23 points and had 14 of them in the first quarter, while Ricky Rubio added 18 points and 11 assists. These two served as the secondary playmakers Utah often need (but not consistently get) to balance what Mitchell can do.
Jazz also defended better. Sure, James Harden had 30 points in 19 shots and got his. Chris Paul had 23 points and also played well. But all the other Rockets combined to shoot 29.3 percent at night, so while Mitchell went out in the fourth quarter, the rockets were 0 -13 out of three.
Houston was motivated to win, they could have packed some extra rest on the schedule while Golden State continues to play. The jazz was more motivated, more desperate, and there will be a game 5. The jazz will not win this series and they can break it all down when it is over, but at present they played with pride and because of that, get to play another day.
2) Milwaukee celebrates Detroit out of the playoffs, now there is real test for Bucks. The last time Milwaukee Bucks won a playoff series was "All For You" by Janet Jackson on everyone's radio, and we were going to the theater to see "Bridget Jones & # 39; Diary" and "Driven" ( and then regret it). 19659003] It was 2001, but Bucks celebrated in the second round Monday night behind 41 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and beat the stamps 127-104.
Detroit played hard and was frustrated with points, but this series was not about officiation. One team was better than the other. Blake Griffin did what he could and played through a leg injury that should have sidelined him – and Pistons fans recognized it and the season he had with standing ovation.
Bucks continues to meet Boston Celtics in the next round (dates and times are not yet announced for the series, but a smart bet would be a start next weekend). This will be a challenging matchup for Milwaukee – if Al Horford plays well, hits jumpers and stretches the floor, it begins to pull Brook Lopez out of paint and challenge Bucks' defensive system. Kyrie Irving will be difficult for Eric Bledsoe to contain, but Antetokounmpo and company will be a challenge for Celtics. These teams went seven games in the playoffs a year ago (Boston winner), both teams are better this time, and both have much to prove. Things are becoming very interesting in the East.
3) Phoenix's coach Igor Kokoskov, the only stable thing in Phoenix is the sun's instability. Phoenix Suns will hire a new coach in the coming weeks, and who it is, enters the turning door – the next trainer will be the seventh sun in the last eight years.
Sun fired coach Igor Kokoskov Monday evening after a season. A season where the first-time head coach was handed over to a young roster who lacked a point guard or solid veteran leader. The raster was doomed to fail and it is no surprise they started 4-18. But the suns improved. Kelly Oubre Jr. was added to the route, Devin Booker improved, Deandre Ayton grew and the team showed improvement and played well for stretches near the end of the season. There was something to build on.
The suns want to go hard on Sixer's assistant coach Monty Williams for their main job. Williams will have another interview with the Lakers next week so the suns will catch. Remember that Suns recently employed Jeff Bower as their senior vice president of basketball operations, and if you didn't know Bower, Monty Williams gave his first head coaching job (hiring him to train the Hornets back when Bower was GM there). We will see if the sun moves to the front of the line.
However, this firing just continues the instability pattern and lack of top-down vision for the suns, starting with intricate owner Robert Sarver. Williams, or a coach with good opportunities, may think twice about stepping into the rotating coaching door in Phoenix.