Written by: Melissa Harder
The NBA playoffs started this weekend and I for one am pretty excited because I’m still too despondent to watch anymore playoff hockey. Luckily, I have the perfect replacement! Here are some thoughts from a busy basketball weekend:
1. The playoffs will be about 50% less interesting now that Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the last minute of the Bulls Game 1 win. We can debate how stupid it was for Tom Thibodeau to leave Rose in so late with the game in hand but it won’t change the fact that the Bulls best chance at a championship is now in serious jeopardy.
2. Bulls GM Gar Forman is not the sharpest tool in the shed – “We’re very optimistic that [Rose] will come back at 100 percent, 110%.” I don’t even know what to say to that. I’ll let these guys do it for me.
3. The Miami Heat played their first game against team rollover a.k.a. the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony is going to have to put the team on his back if this is to become anything but a quick warm up for the Heat. But it doesn’t matter. The real gift for the Heat happened hundreds of miles away with Rose tearing his ACL. Does this injury all but pave the way for the Heat returning to the NBA Finals?
4. With Rose out, LeBron should be prepared to field a ton of questions about how easy it should be for him to get back to the NBA Finals. And if he and the Heat happen to win and hoist the trophy in June, he should be ready to discuss that he got there without beating the best. Life’s just not fair, is it LeBron?
5. Who gets the ball with the game on the line? Kevin Durant makes the case that it should be him. Sure it wasn’t a true buzzer beater and he got a pretty friendly bounce but that shot preserved a home court playoff win against the Mavericks.
6. The Orlando Magic started the trash talk early – “Y’all look real stunned,” Magic centre Glen Davis, yelled at the crowd as he left the court. “Y’all look real stunned.” They did steal one on the Pacers court but I bet game 2 will look very different.
7. It looks like the Lakers' Black Mamba’s quest to tie Michael Jordan six NBA rings will be helped by some defensive prowess with Andrew Bynum’s astounding triple double complete with an NBA record 10 blocks.
8. You’ll have to look elsewhere to find out what happened in the Spurs-Jazz series. Seriously. I just don’t care about the Spurs. (And yes, I’m aware they are the number 1 seed in the West).
9. Why, why, why would you ever bump a referee? Rajon Rondo you should know better and you’ll probably be suspended for your silly mistake. And the Celtics without their floor leader are a very different team.
10. I thought Kenyon Martin was dead but he plays for the Clippers. Who knew? I really miss his pretty red lips neck tattoo.
11. Here’s what I was writing during the fourth quarter of a game I thought Memphis had well in hand: Chris Paul may have to take over the game far earlier than the fourth quarter because the Clippers looked thoroughly outclassed by the Grizzlies in game 1 (even with their late run to make it look closer than it actually was). Lob city was foul city with Griffin and Paul combining for not nearly enough points and a crapload (a legitimate unit of measurement) of fouls. Here’s what I learned: don’t write your article and bury a team until the buzzer goes. Wow. What a comeback by the Clippers at one point going on a 27-1 run in the fourth quarter to stun the Grizzlies on their home court.
12. Shaquille O’Neal I love you buddy, I really do. How are you so funny in life and so terrible in the studio? You’re ruining the Kenny Smith/Charles Barkley vibe. Is there such a thing as studio announcer school? If so, TNT should send you.
13. Derrick Rose is out for the playoffs. (What you knew that already? Well I’m still really bummed. And it’s no coincidence that this one’s number 13.)
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