The second game of this second round series tips off this afternoon at 4 pm CT from lovely Des Moines, Iowa as the #1 Iowa Energy take on the #8 Tulsa 66ers with the Energy leading the three-game series 1-0. If you don't live in Iowa (and don't care to watch the regular NBA playoffs), it can also be watched live over at AOL Fanhouse.
In the first game, Canadian Denham Brown came back with a vengeance to score 28 points on 17 shots as well as nabbing 12 rebounds right off of the plane to lead Iowa to a 107-102 victory in Tulsa. His point guard, Curtis Stinson, was the only other real contributor as he scored 20 points and grabbed 17 boards to go along with eight assists, but he also turned the ball over eight times - negating some of that performance.
For Tulsa, they were assigned two NBA guys right before tip-off which rendered my preview useless, but karma came back to bite them - Mustafa Shakur shot 1-for-7 in the first half before leaving with a foot injury while Byron Mullens had what I am assuming to be a pedestrian 11 points and 12 rebounds since Jon didn't put him in his recap. Tulsa was led by a third NBA player though, as Kyle Weaver had 19 points and 10 assists, though he also countered with eight turnovers and a 5-of-17 shooting performance.
Now, at least as of this writing, all three of the players I mentioned for Tulsa have been recalled to Oklahoma City. So, instead of redoing my match-up's like I originally had planned, I'll refer you to my previous preview which could potentially be right this time. That, or Tulsa will issue a press release at 3:59 this afternoon announcing that OKC has assigned Shakur (I believe Mullens and Weaver have both used all three assignments) and things will get crazy again.
Prediction: Iowa 107, Tulsa 99 with Stinson leading the way.