The opening weekend of the 2014 NBA Playoffs did not disappoint in the realm of court action nor in sneakerdom.
As hinted by Jordan Brand and Russell Westbrook himself, the tailored-for-flight Air Jordan XX9 debuted in OKC, sporting a white, blue and orange Thunder motif. Russ played well in the just-introduced Jordan flagship shoe, scoring 23 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a 109-86 Game 1 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
LeBron James was all in on his own signature sneaker, sporting a clean white-based Nike LeBron 11 Elite to open the Bobcats-Heat series in Miami. Though the Cats hung around well enough to make the Heat break a sweat, LeBron helped close them out with a game high 27 points, 9 rebounds and one assist.
Out on the west coast, the sneaker game ratcheted up across the board. Clippers duo Blake Griffin and Chris Paul donned the Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO and Jordan CP3.VII AE, respectively, to battle their in-state rivals who reside just a 5.5 hour drive up I-5 in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors. But the Warriors prevailed 109-105, with star shooter Steph Curry opting for the Under Armour ClutchFit Drive for a quiet but effective 14 points.
And although LaMarcus Aldridge’s Nike Air Max Hyperposite’s have been on the scene for quite awhile now, we can’t forget to mention his monster game of 46 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in them as the Blazers swiped Game 1 in Houston with a 122-120 overtime win.
Let’s recap these kicks and all the rest of the weekend’s best ahead…