Last night’s games pretty much sum up what everyone loves about the NBA Playoffs. Sure things started off a bit slow (how terrible was that first quarter?) between the Heat and Bulls but it turned into a well fought, statement win for Chicago. I continue to be impressed by how resilient this Bulls team is. Nate Robinson led the way for Chicago, scoring 29 points as the Bulls upset the Heat in Miami to take a 1-0 series lead. Nate had an excellent quote after the game, stating “God blessed me with a lot of heart and no height, and i’ll take that any day.” It was very evident that plenty of heart came into play down the stretch as the Bulls scored the final 10 points of the game to seal the deal. Robinson had clutch plays but also very impressive was Jimmy Butler, playing great defense on both LeBron and Wade while scoring 21 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. LeBron had pretty pedestrian numbers by his standards and Wade played alright but no one else on the Heat stepped up. Chris Bosh and Ray Allen were the next best players and they were only able to combine for 18 points. I think Miami will be fine and I still see them winning the series but as everyone expected, it’s not going to be easy to beat this Bulls team.
I spent a good 30-45 minutes arguing with my really good friend (Spurs fan) last night about whether it was a Spurs rally or a Warriors meltdown. Either way, it was a such a good game to watch. San Antonio withstands Curry’s 44 as the Spurs win a double overtime thriller at home to take the first game of the series. The experience by both teams was very evident last night as the Warriors were never able to close out the Spurs despite numerous opportunities to do so. On the flip side, San Antonio took full advantage of the situation and went on a 18-2 to close out the game and send it into overtime. Once again Stephen Curry was lights out and once again, the 3rd quarter belonged to him. Who’s the MVP of the playoffs so far? It’s either him or Nate. Manu Ginobili had both the best and worst shot of the game, all within the final minute of the second overtime. Coach Popovich put it best by saying “I went from trading him on the spot to wanting to cook him breakfast tomorrow. That’s the truth.” The Warriors played the Spurs about as well as you can but can they do it again? It feels like Curry’s performance was wasted and I can’t help but feel that last night’s game was the only one the Warriors would be able to steal on the road.