Monday, April 21, 2014

Top 10 takeaways from NBA Playoff Opening Weekend

Rockets vs. Blazers, Game One
10) Perhaps the Pacers' problems in the last two months were not overstated after all

9) Chicago was wholly unprepared for the annual appearance of Healthy Nene

8) Brooklyn proved that nothing succeeds in the playoffs like a few centuries of experience

7) The refs admitted that they blew a crucial late call in Game One of Warriors-Clippers, but not the dozens of earlier crucial calls

6) Al Jefferson's foot injury ended any sense of drama in the Drama-Free Bobcats-Heat series

5) There is no truth to the rumor that Craig Sager's illness was caused by his clothing

4) In a shocking development, the Spurs used their experience and poise to win their game against Dallas, causing the sun to set in the West

3) OKC nearly coughed up a historic lead against Memphis before remembering that they are, well, an awful lot better than the Grizz

2) Portland beat the Rockets in an overtime Game One that featured turrible ejection fouls on LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard, intentional fouling that works, a ridiculous number of lead changes and runs, and the feel of an Icelandic revenge saga or 4-hour opera

1) Every NBA team did the lower-bowl trick of giving out free T-shirts to give their gym the look of a cult rally, leading to 5 road teams winning

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