The NBA playoffs started with a bang on Saturday. By the time each series was finished with game one, five of the road teams were victorious. Plenty of those teams had dominant performances to help them secure a win. That’s why we are ready to list the top five performances of the weekend.
Some players were left off the list because they came up small in the biggest moments. Chris Paul had a great game, but his play down the stretch left a lot to be desired. Now the narrative is that he was fouled when he lost the ball out of bounds.
Nene is one player that should be on the list, but we’re only going with five and there had a to be a surprise player that came up clutch.
Even Dwight Howard had a strong game until he was rendered useless at the foul line. Howard’s missed Fts helped Portland comeback from a double digit deficit.
As we get further along into the playoffs, we are sure to get some big names on this list, but they better show up in big moments.
Let’s see game the top five players from game one.
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1. LaMarcus Aldridge- Portland Trailblazers
LaMarcus was dominant in the first playoff game against Houston. Fittingly, it was the last game of the first weekend and his exploits helped will the Blazers to an overtime win. He finished with 46 points and 18 rebounds.
2. Kevin Durant- Oklahoma City Thunder
KD poured in 33 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and delivered 7 assists in the game one win over Memphis. He gets to do it again on Monday in the redemption tour. Is a triple double ready to happen?
3. Damian Lilliard- Portland Trailblazers
In his first ever playoff game, Lillard dominated in the late stages. He finished with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. In 46 minutes, Damian Lillard only had one turnover. So far he came up clutch.
4. Tim Duncan- San Antonio Spurs
The old vet survived a scare to his knee and continued his dominating play. Duncan scored 27 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the comeback win over Dallas.
5. Paul Pierce- Brooklyn Nets
It looks like Paul Pierce will be there for the Nets when the game hits crunch time. He only scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds with 4 assists in the game one win. Pierce scored 9 critical points in the fourth quarter.