By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Five straight nights of this and I’m not sure how anyone who has watched every second of these conference semifinal games is functioning normally.
My sleep schedule is shot and I blame all of these teams for my addiction.
Go ahead, you can blame them, too!
Let’s get it … Friday Night Lights!!!
If you knew three games into this Pacers-Wizards series these guys would be featured on the marquee …
… we need to hit the store and play those Mega Millions and Power Ball numbers ASAP!
24 – Thank you Luke Russert!
Plus, where else can you can get Kristen Ledlow of NBA TV and Inside Stuff dunking with Marcin Gortat?
23 – A little point guard tale of the tape for tonight’s second game …
22 – Strange things going on at the Verizon Center and we don’t even have tip-off yet …
A man named DC Washington sang the national anthem here. (no joke) So, I'm pretty certain the PA guy is named House White.—
Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) May 10, 2014
It’s not often I agree with a Michigan State Spartan, but Mateen Cleaves is spot on. You have to go with your real horses in the playoffs …
21 – Did the dog check with Kobe first?
20 – We’re going to take a moment to appreciate the contract year grind that is Trevor Ariza‘s performance early on in this game and throughout the playoffs. #going in #hemadeit …
That’s three offensive rebounds in less than seven minutes for Trevor Ariza. Defense ain’t over until you’ve got the ball.—
Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 10, 2014
Trevor Ariza is the new Dennis Rodman.—
Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) May 10, 2014
Paul George getting outworked and outplayed by Trevor Ariza early. That's a matchup Indy can't lose in DC—
Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 10, 2014
19 – I’m all for a good c-o-n-spiracy theory, but …
Roy Hibbert stole Paul George's talent on that boat after Bynum absorbed HIbbert's and consumed it into darkness.—
Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 10, 2014
18 – The Pacers just don’t seem to have any consistency on the offensive end. They don’t have a point guard that can break down the defense and create for anyone else. And apparently, they don’t always know their plays anyway …
17 – Good call Smitty!
16 – Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to talk about “upside” when your team (whichever team you choose) is on the clock at the real Draft next month …
My favorite 'draft phrase' to this point: 'you must convert speed to power in the National Football League.'—
Steve Kerr (@SteveKerrTNT) May 10, 2014
15 – It’s not a typo!
34-33 at halftime of the Wizards-Pacers game has to be a typo, right?—
David Steele (@David_C_Steele) May 10, 2014
Yes, I know that the Spurs are one of the most entertaining teams in the league. My point is that they have a boring label they can't shake—
Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) May 10, 2014
It's like, no the Spurs are not boring. THIS is boring.—
Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) May 10, 2014
– Did we mention how strange things have been all night in D.C.?
14 – It’s like someone unplugged the Wizards. They were playing lights out basketball basically every night out and then they fell flat …
13 – The blowout themes continue in the conference semifinals. Pacers take a 2-1 lead, outscoring the Wizards 51-30 after halftime. Wizards stink up their own building, finishing with a franchise low in points (the previous baseline was 75 points). They managed the fourth fewest points in the playoffs in the shot clock era, folks. How does this happen to a team that played as well as the Wizards have for so long?
Wizards, with 63, tied for the fourth-fewest points in a playoff game in the last 60 years.—
Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 10, 2014
Seriously, I've never seen an arena empty out this quickly before the final buzzer.—
Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 10, 2014
12 – Bet these guys combine for more than 67 points by halftime, especially doing stuff like this …
11 — Caron Butler doesn’t deserve your hate, not in Los Angeles or anywhere else …
Clippers fan heckles Caron Butler at the line for being "sorry" as a Clipper. Caron hits free throw, cups hand to ear and looks at fan.—
KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) May 10, 2014
10 – Rihanna can show up whenever she wants, just as long as she shows up …
9 – Seriously, the Thunder and Clippers could play a best-of-27 and I wouldn’t get tired of watching it. I can’t think of two teams with better individual matchups that keep you on the edge of your seat. This series will more than make up for the relative snoozers going on elsewhere in the conference semifinals. Everybody’s watching …
all these flagrant foul reviews. please stop, NBA.—
John Legend (@johnlegend) May 10, 2014
Can't imagine how moody I would have been had the Warriors made it this far, watching Ibaka eat Lee alive in every way possible.—
Jim Park (@SheridanBlog) May 10, 2014
8 – Not sure where you come down on the CP3-KD spat from the second quarter. Looked like some choice words were used between great friends but fierce competitors. I like it, no, I love it. I don’t even mind the expletives (little heat-heat-of-the-battle language is harmless).
I am always amazed that no one has ever punched CP3. In the face. It is just constant bitching, moaning, and fakery.—
Doug Eberhardt (@ebehoops) May 10, 2014
If you had to rank CP3, Zeke, and Stockton in terms of ahem, craftiness, how would it go?—
Bethlehem Shoals (@freedarko) May 10, 2014
– 1. Zeke 2. Stockton 3. CP3
7 -- It’s called living up to the hype! These teams are legit. Scary thing is one of them has to go home at the end of this series while the other one is not guaranteed anything but a chance to lock horns with another elite outfit #surviveandadvance #winorgohome #focusonthenow …
6 – This is an absolutely ridiculous showcase of some of the league’s elite superstars showing us what all the fuss is about. The MVP is operating with surgical precision and CP3 is matching him play for play and that Westbrook fella is no joke! It’s mesmerizing to watch …
CP3 vs Westbrook is like watching a Jedi Knight vs a Sith Lord. The future of the galaxy lies precariously in the balance!—
Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) May 10, 2014
5 – We’ve got a bleeder!
I’m pretty sure it wasn’t self-inflicted.—
Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 10, 2014
Serge better watch out for the Griffin Force.—
Lang Whitaker (@langwhitaker) May 10, 2014
Serge was playing Blake so closely on the bloody nose sequence that he literally untucked his shirt.—
Jeff Caplan (@Caplan_NBA) May 10, 2014
4 – It’s just a suggestion after all of the whistles being blown here …
I understand how you Grizzlies fans hate the Clippers so much.—
Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) May 10, 2014
3 – Precisely …
This LAC/OKC game is like a title fight that is dead even after 10 rounds. Been watching for 2+ hours and have no idea who wins. Great stuff—
John Ireland (@LAIreland) May 10, 2014
Thunder & Clippers have already more than made up for tonight's first game…—
Matt Winer (@matt_winer) May 10, 2014
– MONSTER WORK FROM SERGE IBAKA AT CRUNCH TIME …
Ibaka fingerprints. Doing work.—
Jason Goff (@Jason1Goff) May 10, 2014
Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) May 10, 2014
2 — Westbrook and Durant with back-to-back daggers!
Man, that's not fair. Kevin Durant is a video game cheat code.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 10, 2014
1 – Home court snatched right back. #ThunderUp Big time effort from the Thunder to go into LA and come away with what has easily been the best game of the conference semifinal round. Clippers were 35-0 this season (regular and postseason) at home when ahead on the scoreboard heading into the fourth quarter. Caron Butler huge off the bench, the 3-pointers in the fourth were clutch!
Again, BIG TIME win for the Thunder, Ibaka, Westbrook and, of course, the “MVP” …
Kevin Durant has topped 30 points 7 times in this year's playoffs; no other player has more than 4 such games—
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2014