The second round of the NBA Playoffs is in the books, and as a Louisville fan, I taste a flavor of gratification I’d never tasted before. Sure, the Cards have had a ton of success on the collegiate level, but since I’ve been a fan I’ve never witnessed a former player become a bonafide star. As we’ve seen the last few weeks, we not only have one NBA big timer to follow, but now it’s evident we have TWO in both Donovan Mitchell and Terry Rozier.
To celebrate their continued rise to super stardom, we decided to check back on our former cards in the league to see how they’ve fared, round to round.
Sadly, but expectedly, the Utah Jazz were taken out of the playoffs, falling to the Houston Rockets 4-1. Despite the loss, Donovan Mitchell put on a dazzling show of spin moves, dunks and passing. As a rookie he managed to hang with who will probably be voted as the NBA MVP in James Harden. The only question now is was it enough to secure the Rookie of the Year honor? Or will Ben Simmons get the award despite having a less than stellar series?
In five games against the Rockets, Mitchell averaged 19.4 points, 6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds (get his full series box score here). Watch a highlight video from Round 2 below:
Scary Terry continued his streak of excellent play leading the Boston Celtics past the Philadelphia 76ers, winning the series 4-1. While Rozier turned a lot of heads stuffing the box score, what got a lot of people talking was his continued trolling of former UK guard Eric Bledsoe and his on-court scuffle with center Joel Embid, making for quite an entertaining series. I’ve already stocked up on popcorn for the Eastern Conference Finals which will pit the C’s against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where we will more than likely see Terry matched up against Jose Colderon and George Hill.
In five games against the 76ers, Rozier averaged 19 points, 4.4 assists, and 7.2 rebounds (get his full series box score here). Watch a highlight video from Round 2 below: