GameChangers (04/30/14)

By John Ewing
A look at highlights from the most recent game from each NBA Playoff series utilizing Live ScoreCaster.



Live ScoreCaster allows you to view current scores and play-by-play as well as live, updating projections from 50,000 simulations of the remaining time in each NBA game. Live ScoreCaster is totally free and available at PredictionMachine.com and for download on iTunes.

After each NBA Playoff game we breakdown some highlights from the Live projections throughout each game. Click each matchup to view the Live ScoreCaster chart that tells the story of that game.

Grizzlies vs. Thunder

Memphis will have a chance to close out the series at home after taking a 3-2 lead with a third overtime victory after an NBA Playoff record fourth straight overtime game. The Grizzlies survived a made Serge Ibaka putback that was reviewed and determined was released just after the buzzer.

There was a strange sequence before that final play in overtime. Kevin Durant made the first of two free throws with less than 30 seconds left, before his second shot referee Joey Crawford took the ball from Durant to have something reviewed at the scorer's table. Once Durant got the ball back he missed the second free throw that would have tied the game. Had Durant made the free throw, Oklahoma City's expected win probability increases from 43 percent to 51 percent.

Wizards vs. Bulls

The Wizards beat the Bulls 75-69 to clinch their first-round series in five games, it is just the third time Washington has advanced out of the opening round since 1970.

Chicago had numerous opportunities late in the game but could not take advantage of them. The wasted opportunity that could have made the biggest difference was Jimmy Butler missing a layup that would have made it a one point game with less than 30 seconds left. Had Butler made the shot, Chicago's expected win probability increases from 27 percent to 50 percent.

Clippers vs. Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers took a 3-2 series lead with a 113-103 victory over Golden State. The Clippers have a chance to close out the Warriors and win just their third playoff series since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981.

The Clippers were never less than 60 percent likely to win during Game 5.