April 20, 2009

Interesting beginnings

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

The NBA playoffs are underway and everybody’s played their Game Ones. There were some predictable outcomes — Lakers, Cavs rolling — and then there were a bevy of upsets. Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago all took advantage of teams with missing or ailing superstars and they all toppled the higher seeds on their home courts. As you might guess, that is no easy feat against any of these playoff teams.

Dallas was able to surge back after falling behind San Antonio early and walked away with an eight point win. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did everything they could and the Spurs even got a solid performance out of Michael Finley, but there was no stopped Big D. I wouldn’t count on the Mavs taking the second game though, there’s now way the proud Spurs will allow themselves to fall behind 2-0 in the series.

Then, just last night, the Sixers proved to everyone that they’re no weak link and downed the Magic. So, tell me again, how are the Magic going to be capable of stopping the Cavs inevitable run to the Finals when they can’t even beat Philly at home? Well, if there’s one thing that’s for certain, if Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis go 7-for-19 shooting combined for 21 points, Orlando is going to need even better than 31-16 for Dwight Howard.

Then there’s the Baby Bulls. Game One could be considered one of two things: An aberration or the Coming Out Party for Derrick Rose. When you drop 36 with 11 assists on the defending champs, with or without KG, there’s definitely something going on. And what happened to Rajon Rondo being a good defender? When any rookie scores 36 on you, it’s just sad. I very much doubt that we’ll see anything like that again tonight.

And, just to give it a mention, apparently one man isn’t a team. Dwyane Wade is going to need a lot of help to beat Atlanta.

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