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Hawks’ Al Horford says he will play in Game 2 despite finger injury

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Atlanta’s Al Horford suffered a dislocated his little finger on his shooting hand during Game 1 of the Hawks playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets. Then he came out on Monday and said he wasn’t sure of his status for Game 2 Wednesday.

By Tuesday, he was sure of his status, speaking to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Is this really a surprise? It’s the playoffs.

That said, Horford will have his little and ring fingers taped together, something he admitted bothered his shot a little in Game 1. Horford had 10 points on 12 shots in Game 1. The injury didn’t bother him in close, he was 4-of-5 shooting inside eight feet of the rim, but he was 0-of-5 on deeper midrange shots and threes that he normally can knock down.

The Hawks didn’t look dominating like a traditional No. 1 seed in Game 1, they still seem to be trying to get their flow back. Horford is going to have work to do on the defensive end slowing down Brook Lopez, who was the Nets best player in Game 1.

Brilliant spoof: Zach Randolph’s deep thoughts on cats, shirts, more

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Well done, Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies. Very well done.

Apparently, there are multiple versions of these deep dish thoughts.

If you’re a little confused right now, you were probably too young to watch Saturday Night Live in the 1990s. In general, you didn’t miss much. But there were some moments, and the few years of strange and funny Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy was one of the best (remember, this is the same era everyone loved The Far Side comic).

Okay, if you’re boring and want more serious Z-Bo, here he is on the Dan Patrick Show talking about his old school game.

Klay Thompson’s drops 26 to power Warriors’ victory (VIDEO)

New Orleans Pelicans v Golden State Warriors - Game Two
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Golden State needed to make a couple of big runs to win Game 2 Monday night. One came later in the second quarter to give the Warriors a small lead at halftime. The other came late in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Klay Thompson was the catalyst for both.

Thompson finished with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting, and he had 14 points in the fourth quarter to help secure the win and put the Warriors up 2-0 in the series. It wasn’t a pretty win for the Warriors, but you can’t expect them all to be a coronation. Sometimes you have to grind out playoff wins.

Can the Warriors do that as the series shifts to New Orleans is the question.

Jimmy Butler with powerful two-hand slam as part of his 14-point fourth (VIDEO)

Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two
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Monday night’s Game 2 wasn’t a pretty offensive game, but Jimmy Butler looked good when Chicago needed him to.

This two-handed slam — more around the late-arriving Zaza Pachulia than over him — was part of a 14-point fourth quarter that helped the Bulls pull away from the Bucks and take a 2-0 series lead.

It was the kind of grind-it-out win the Bulls have been known for in previous seasons, but we haven’t seen much of in this one. In those kinds of games, someone needs to provide enough offense late, and Butler is now a guy who can bring that for Chicago.

PBT Extra matchup to watch: Can Toronto keep Paul Pierce quiet on the court?

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Paul Pierce trolled Toronto (maybe all of Canada) with his comments saying the Wizards were not the least bit intimidated by the Raptors. That Toronto strikes fear in the hearts of nobody.

The problem for the Raptors: Pierce backed it up on the court. He scored 20 points and had a key three in overtime.

The war of words has started, but the Raptors need to find a way to keep Pierce quiet on the court first and foremost.