So round one of the playoffs is over. We have been blessed with some amazing individual performances and bewildered by a few baffling brain-fades in a playoff round that has given us almost everything. But who have been the heroes and villains so far?
HeroesChris Paul Paul just wants to win. So he does. His crazy work ethic got the Clippers over the line against a team with probably more talent. Paul led from the front with his never-say-die attitude all throughout the series against Memphis. Paul orchestrated the Clippers remarkable 27 point come from behind victory in game one and he only got better from there. Photo Credit: www.usatoday.com Glen Davis Davis really stepped up in Dwight Howard's absence. He averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds and was easily the best player in a disappointing Orlando team. Could definitely be a starting centre for most NBA teams next year. Photo Credit: www.upi.com Rajon Rondo Apart from his brain-fade where he pushed the ref and got suspended for a game Rondo dominated this series. The Hawks had no answer to his speed and play-making abilities. Two triple-double performances showed off his dominance. Will give the 76ers headaches all series if he keeps this form up. Photo Credit: www.theprovince.com David West West brings leadership to an inexperienced Indiana team. This leadership came to the forefront when Indiana lost home-court to Orlando early in the series. Averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds West was clutch when the Pacers really needed it. Will be a key player in this Indiana team when they take on the Heat in the second round. Photo Credit: www.heraldsun.com.au Ty Lawson Ran the Lakers ragged the entire series. Exploited the slower opposition with pure speed and determination to get to the ring. Denver lacked the real star power to beat the Lakers but Lawson has showed he might just be that star in the future. Numerous All-Star appearances beckon in the future for this speedy point guard. Photo Credit: www.denverpost.com
VillainsAmare Stoudemire Punching a fire extinguisher case, cutting his hand and missing game 3 is probably not the smartest thing Stoudemire has ever done. The Knicks ended up losing that game and fell too far behind in the series to ever really challenge the Heat. Let's hope he can work it out with Carmelo Anthony next year and give the Knicks fans something to cheer about. Andrew Bynum Stupidly gave the Nuggets motivation by saying that they would be easy beats in Game Five when the Lakers were trying to close out the series. Denver used this as ammo and ended up taking the Lakers to game 7. This could cost the Lakers when they come up against the athletic and rested OKC. Ryan Anderson Didn't perform to anywhere near his best in this series. Averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds a game isn't good enough when you average 16 and 7.6 in the regular season. I'm not sure why he struggled, but let's hope he can fix this by next year. Photo Credit: www.footbasket.com Luol Deng Deng didn't step up in the absence of Rose, plain and simple. The Bulls had little trouble without Rose all year and Deng's great form was a big reason why. Unfortunately he just couldn't bring it in the playoffs. There's always next year I guess. Photo Credit: www.bleacherrport.com Al Jefferson Jefferson strangely told reporters that nobody could beat the Spurs, while the Jazz were still playing against them. Ok, the Jazz were down 3-0, but still, have a little faith Al and whatever you do, don't tell your opponent they're better then you. Photo Credit: www.bleacherreport.com Photo Credit (top): www.sportcops.blogspot.com
A new round is here, so there's plenty of time for new heroes and villians to pop up. But who will they be?