Saturday, May 9, 2009

The NBA playoffs

So for those of you who don't know. . . I am a huge NBA fan! The season can be kind of long, but there are still plenty of great games and moments (like Devin Harris' half-court shot to beat Philly). But nothing compares to the playoffs, it's where anything can happen and where some of the best basketball is played. It's where stars are born and you find out who the best of the best is. It also brings you great series like Bos-Chi and Phi-Orl. The Phi-Orl series saw 3 buzzer-beaters in six games. There were some great games, but they were overshadowed by the better series: Bos-Chi. 
Seven overtimes (OT) in Seven games. One game went into double overtime and another into triple overtime. That's 35 extra minutes of play, almost making it an 8 game series, I just wanted them to keep playing, make it like a best of 20 series. That's how great each game was. Game 1 saw Derrick Rose, a rookie who wasn't supposed to have a good series, rip the Celtics for 36 points and 11 assists on route to a game 1 victory for Chicago in OT. The next game saw Ray Allen come alive and drain a 3 with 2 seconds left for a Boston win. Game 4 saw 2 OTs with Allen making a shot to force OT and Gordon making one to force double-OT. The bulls prevailed and the series was tied 2-2. Game 5 had just one OT where Paul Pierce took over as Boston took a 3-2 series lead. Oh and by the way, a guy I haven't mentioned, Rajon Rondo, is averaging a triple-double for this series, something only four other players have done (Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Oscar Robertson). Then we come to Game 6, which gave us 3-OTs and possibly the greatest first round game ever. There are too many big shots to name, so I'll just go over some stats: Allen had 51 points, Rondo had 19 assists and ZERO turnovers. Rose had an 28 points-8 rebounds- 7 assist night. John Salmons had 35 points and Joakim Noah (who I have never been a fan of) stole the ball from Paul Pierce for a breakaway  dunk and foul that essentially won the game for Chicago. Game 7 saw Boston prevail, all in all this turned into one of the best series ever. I loved watching every minute of it. 

And that is why I love the NBA playoffs, because of series like those. Hopefully it will be exciting the rest of the way through.