By JOHN LIKANJE
Heat Check is a weekly recap of the best basketball writing and analysis the internet has to offer.
- August 24 was “Kobe Day” to honor the late Kobe Bryant. The basketball world rallied together and created tributes for the Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer. For my tribute, I discussed my reaction to his passing and when I first watched Bryant play nine years ago.
- The Denver Nuggets wouldn’t have rallied from a 3-1 series lead if not for Jamal Murray. The 6-foot-4 point guard had a three-game scoring stretch which had only been accomplished by Allen Iverson and Michael Jordan. Here’s a breakdown of how impressive his numbers were.
- The playoff series between the Nuggets and Utah Jazz was a nail biter because of Donovan Mitchell and Murray. Game 6 was no different as Murray exploded for 50 points and Mitchell 44. Here is how both young guards felt after another back-and-forth contest.
- Game 7 of the Nuggets-Jazz series was literally decided on the final shot. Here’s a recap of the contest by FanSided NBA editorial director and former Pickin’ Splinters writer Ian Levy.
- Although the Houston Rockets eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder, they could’ve easily done so in six games. I discussed and broke down the Rockets’ errors from Game 6 which nearly cost them the series.
- The Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors playoff series has not been as lopsided as it may seem. But the Raptors needed a miracle in Game 3, Thursday night, and OG Anunoby delivered with a buzzer-beater (Recap by FanSided writer Alec Liebsch).
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