Pro Hogs in NBA Playoffs: Portis exits Game 2 with injury

By: Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis and Chicago Bulls' Tristan Thompson go after a loose ball during the first half of Game 2 of their an NBA playoff basketball game Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Milwaukee . (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Milwaukee Bucks' Bobby Portis and Chicago Bulls' Tristan Thompson go after a loose ball during the first half of Game 2 of their an NBA playoff basketball game Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Milwaukee . (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Bobby Portis’ run in Game 2 of the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round series against the Chicago Bulls was short lived Wednesday.

After recording a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double in the series opener last weekend, the former Arkansas forward saw the floor for less than six minutes in the Bucks’ 114-110 home loss because of an injury.

The series is now tied 1-1.

With under one minute remaining in the first quarter, Portis missed a six-foot floater. Moments later, as he battled for an offensive rebound with the Bulls’ Tristan Thompson, Portis took a shot to the face from Thompson that led to him falling along the baseline.

He did not play after the first quarter due to a right eye abrasion.

“We anticipate that he should be fine with some time and that he should be good,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Portis finished the game with 2 points, 2 rebounds — 1 offensive — and 1 turnover. He missed both field goal attempts, including a three. He was 2 of 2 at the line.

His two points stemmed from a missed right-wing three in which he quickly corralled the rebound, attacked the rim and drew a foul. Milwaukee was outscored by 1 point in his time on the floor.

Game 3 from Chicago is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

Beverley, Wolves return home with series tied

Minnesota’s play in Game 2 against Memphis on Tuesday was the polar opposite of what led to a stunning series-opening win last weekend.

The Wolves fell 124-96 to the Grizzlies, but return home with the series tied 1-1. They placed five scorers in double figures in the loss, but no player had more than 20 points.

Former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverley, based on plus/minus, was one of the least effective players in the game for Minnesota.

Beverley finished with 6 points on 1 of 6 shooting, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block in his 29:26 on the floor. His assists led to 12 points and were spread among three teammates.

The Wolves were outscored by 26 points in his run — the worst mark of his playoff career, which spans 61 games played.

His only bucket in the loss, a layup following a cut on a sideline-out-of-bounds play, came at the 10:09 mark in the first quarter. It handed Minnesota an early 3-1 lead.

Beverley missed his final five shots, including three in the lane and a pair of threes on the right side of the floor. 

On the defensive end, Memphis hit 8 of 14 shots with Beverley as the primary defender, including 4 of 5 three-point attempts. He limited Grizzlies star Ja Morant to 4 points, 4 assists and 2 turnovers in Game 1, but Morant had 7 points on 3 of 4 shooting and 4 assists when matched up with Beverley in Game 2.

Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. were also 2 of 3 shooting against him. Bane tacked on three assists, as well.

Game 3 is set for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff in Minnesota on Thursday. The game will air on TNT.

Moses Moody — Golden State Warriors

Moody finished scoreless in the Warriors’ 126-106 runaway win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2. He grabbed an offensive rebound, was 0 of 1 from the floor and had 1 turnover in 4:46 in the lineup.

Game 3 in Denver is scheduled for 9 p.m. Thursday, and the game will air on TNT.

Isaiah Joe — Philadelphia 76ers

Joe did not play in Game 3 in Toronto, which the 76ers won 104-101 to grab a 3-0 series lead. Philadelphia can advance to the second round Saturday when the teams meet at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast by TNT.

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