NBA Playoffs: First Round Hits and Misses
Here are the highlights I have drawn from the first round, if you think I’ve missed anything please add it in the comments section.
The Grizzlies were written off before the playoffs even started and they are now in the second round. They are not the team we thought they would be!
This man did everything he could to keep the Magic in the playoffs, if his team mates did the same Howard wouldn’t have to be killing the rumors about being traded or free agency.
Chris Paul showed the world that he is well and truly back. If the All-Star point guard carries this form into next season I’m sure his name will be mentioned in the MVP conversation.
Those unstable knees of his didn’t keep him grounded for too long. B-Roy came up big in Game 4 and made it clear that the Blazers could still depend on him.
Always a beast on offense, averaging 32.4 points in the series, including two 41 point performances. No one can guard KD.
More like Serge I-Blocka! He had 9 blocks in Game 5… 9! And averaging 4.8 in the series, Ibaka is turning into a key player within that OKC defense.
Miami’s Big Three
I’ll have to that this was expected, playoffs are the time for stars to shine and that’s exactly what Miami’s Big Three did, proving to be too much for the 76ers.
Boston’s Big Four
Boston was the only team to sweep in the first round. The old guys look very fresh and will be trouble for the Heat in the next round.
The 8th seeded Pacers showed a lot of fight against the Bulls, they showed that they weren’t going to be a push over like any regular eight seed. Interim coach Frank Vogel can take all of the credit for getting these guys to come out and compete every night.
San Antonio Spurs
They had the best regular season record but this meant nothing to their first round opponents. The Spurs looked old and battered, Z-Bo had his way with their bigs and Manu wasn’t Manu after that elbow injury. It’s rebuilding time for the Spurs this offseason, happy fishing!
New York Knicks
It would be very optimistic to say that the Knicks had a chance to beat the Celtics in this series. But getting swept is very disappointing, I thought they had at least two wins in them. It will be a very eventful offseason for them too.
I think his parents fed all the tough pills to Marc when they were little. Pau struggled against the New Orleans big men, his numbers were way down from what they were during the season.
Any Orlando Magic player not named Dwight Howard
If your name is not Dwight Howard and you play for the Orlando Magic watch out because the guys upstairs will do anything to keep Dwight happy. After their performance these playoffs I don’t think anyone’s job is safe within Orlando.
Hit and Miss
He is an NBA All-Star and one of the leaders on that team. But if you have Kevin Durant on your team you can’t be taking more shots than the best scorer in the game. Westbrook will have to make better decisions when it comes to the next round.
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Posted on April 30, 2011, in NBA, Playoffs and tagged Basketball, Brandon Roy, Celtics, Chris Paul, CP3, Durant, Dwight Howard, Gasol, Grizzlies, Heat, Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Knicks, Lakers, Magic, Manu, NBA, NBA Playoffs, OKC, Pacers, Pau Gasol, Russell Westbrooke, Serge Ibaka, Sports, Spurs, Thunder, Trade, Westbrooke. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.