The NBA Playoffs took flight this weekend as 16 teams began a trip that each hope to end with an NBA Championship. However, there were many notable results and headlines — such as how the LA Clippers erased a 27 point deficit to beat Memphis, or how LA's other team, the Lakers, got a huge 10 block performance from Andrew Bynum to beat the Nuggets — but all of those stories are just the beginning. You can really summarize the opening weekend of the playoffs with two words.
Injuries and idiots.
The major news out of this first weekend is how the Eastern Conference favorite Chicago Bulls lost their reigning MVP, Derrick Rose, for the remainder of the postseason due to a torn ACL.
Rose injured himself with little over a minute remaining in their game 1 victory over Philadelphia. While the injury itself is newsworthy, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is coming under heavy fire for having Rose on the floor that late in the game since the team was sitting comfortably on a double digit lead.
Another big injury to a team looking to make a first round splash happened in Miami, as New York Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert crumbled to the court with a scream as he suffered a playoff ending ACL injury as well.
The loss of Shumpert may not be as devastating as Rose's, but the Knicks need all hands on deck if they hope to challenge the Heat. Of Course, if the Heat get as many calls as they did in game 1, it doesn't matter what any of their opponents throw on the floor, Miami will cruise.
Turning the page to the idiots part of the weekend, we shine the light on Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo was ejected from the Celtics loss to the Hawks thanks to a little post-technical chest bumping with the referee and will face a one game suspension because of it.
Another not-so-bright moment came in Memphis when the Grizzlies allowed the Clippers to erase a 27 point deficit to steal game 1 of the series.
Down 21 in the 4th quarter, the Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 35-13 to take the win. The Clippers rally tied the NBA playoff record for largest deficit overcome at the end of three quarters.
Overall, it was a very exciting first weekend of the NBA playoffs with plenty of action and drama on the menu as the week progresses.
With these series' just beginning, who can say what action lies ahead. Who knows, we may even get a Jeremy Lin resurrection, as reports are now surfacing that the transcendent media product is hoping to return to action during the Knicks' round 1 series.
Any way you look at it, real basketball is back. Let the dribbling commence!
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