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Raptors, Nuggets cruise, Warriors-Rockets Game 5 and More

May 7, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the first quarter in game five of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Two big Game 5s on Tuesday night, and two blowout wins for the home teams. The Raptors and Nuggets now have control of their conference semifinal series. The other two series play Game 5s tonight, with all attention on the Rockets and Warriors breaking their own 2-2 deadlock. Elsewhere around the NBA, the offseason has started for many teams. The Cavaliers are reportedly interviewing a Spurs assistant as they seek a new head coach, and the Thunder got some bad news on Paul George, who needed shoulder surgery.

Kawhi Leonard has been carrying the Raptors in the playoffs, but on Tuesday night, they got production from just about everywhere. Now the 76ers must win twice in a row to avoid elimination.

Same story in Denver, where the Nuggets gave Nikola Jokic more help (especially Paul Millsap) and dismantled the Blazers 124-98. A series that had featured four very close games has its first blowout, and now Portland must respond at home in Game 6.

They say a series doesn’t truly start until a road team wins a game. Still waiting on that to happen in Rockets vs. Warriors. But if it happens tonight, it’s a big advantage to James Harden and Houston.

The Cavs have hired a coach who made his name in Europe before. But Ettore Messina would face a much different task than what David Blatt did when he took over LeBron’s team.

Paul George clearly has been hurting for a while, and now we found out the reason: He needed shoulder surgery that likely will keep him out all the way into next year’s preseason.


• The rest of the Raptors joined Kawhi Leonard in dismantling the 76ers |

• Millsap, Jokic spark Nuggets’ 124-98 blowout of Blazers | Associated Press

• Where Warriors need to improve to advance past Rockets in NBA playoffs | NBC Sports

• AP source: Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina | Associated Press

Written by GMS staff report

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