Heat Check: Bucks, Lakers bounce back; Heat, Rockets take 2-0 series leads

Clockwise: Giannis Antetokounmpo (34). (Photo Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports), Luka Doncic (77) (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports), Jayson Tatum (0). (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY), Anthony Davis (3). (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports), James Harden (13). (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) and Duncan Robinson (55). (Photo: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports).


Heat Check is a weekly recap of the best basketball writing and analysis the internet has to offer.

  • Jimmy Butler played a solid all-around game once again and Duncan Robinson netted seven three-pointers as the Miami Heat took down the Indiana Pacers in Game Two (via Levy).
  • Luka Doncic doesn’t seemed fazed by the NBA playoff atmosphere at all. After dropping 42 points in Game One, the 21-year-old star scored 28 as the Dallas Mavericks tied up their series with the Clippers (via Wimmer).
  • The Boston Celtics lost Gordon Hayward to another freak injury. They didn’t lose a step, Wednesday evening, and proceeded to blow out the Philadelphia 76ers to take a 2-0 series lead (via FanSided writer Alec Liebsch).
  • The Utah Jazz have gone under the radar in terms of their competitiveness in the bubble. They’ve given the Denver Nuggets everything they can handle in their first-round series. Wednesday afternoon, Donovan Mitchell produced another outstanding performance to lead the Jazz to the win (via Bourguet).
  • The Toronto Raptors fought off a scrappy Brooklyn Nets squad for the second straight game (via Levy).

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