Sunday, 22 April 2007

NBA Playoffs, Day 2

Some impressions from Day 2 of the playoffs, a day which featured some good upsets and some good well-played games:

- As good as Kobe and the Lakers were for 3 quarters, they were just atrocious in the 4th. The offense just totally bogged down, because they passed to Kobe and everyone else just stood around. So this led to Kobe forcing shots (because there was no one else doing anything and because he just doesn't trust his teammates). He jacked up shots, they didn't go down, and the Lakers got 10 points in the 4th quarter.

- Leandro Barbosa was the Suns MVP in Game 1. He was awesome.

- Allen Iverson is maybe 6'0'' 160 lbs., and has taken 11 years worth of beating in the NBA... and he's still as good as he's ever been. It's just amazing. And yet he never had any help the last few years in Philly. Thanks Billy King.

- I think the Spurs will be just fine (as 2/3 of the Big 3 did not really play that well), but if AI and Carmelo combine to shoot 21/40 throughout the series, then they'll be in trouble.

- Baron Davis was awesome, but the real reason for Golden State winning was that Dallas just didn't make shots. They only shot 35%, and held Dirk to 4/16 shooting. I doubt that will continue, but it's not like the Warriors winning should be a huge shock.

- I agreed with what Sir Charles said... the Mavs should make Golden State play their game rather than vice versa. That's a big key to the series.

All series Game 1's are in the books... what do you think so far?