The NBA playoffs so far have produced moments of joy, exhilaration, astonishment and brilliance. From the Thunder and Mavericks making it feel like the Finals have come early with two games both decided by one possession, to an Andrew Bynum triple-double consisting of points, rebounds and... BLOCKS?!
This article however, will not be looking at those moments. Today we'll be talking about the points in time that weren't so flattering, the instances that made us cringe, the biggest playoff fails of the first few days.
They said it was the biggest playoff come back in ten years. But Game One was by no means about the Los Angeles Clippers, despite their efforts to score thirty-five in the fourth quarter.
What won the Clippers this game was not the tremendous offensive abilities displayed by Chris Paul or Nick Young, it was the fact that the Grizzlies switched off and stopped playing their game.
Memphis settled for jump shot after long-ass jump shot, and that's why they scored only thirteen points in the fourth, fifteen points below the average of what they scored the three quarters prior to it.
Watching the last quarter of that game, while amazing, was also disgusting and atrocious. It made me feel sick to my stomach, and I can't even imagine how it would feel to be a Grizzlies fan.
Biggest playoff comeback? No sir, this was the biggest playoff meltdown, and it's unlikely we will see anything like it for some time to come.
It was the final minute of the game, and despite having been losing the entire game after letting the Hawks outscore them by thirteen in the first quarter, the Boston Celtics were on the verge of a comeback, only four points down with a minute to go! This game had the makings of a classic.
And then Rajon Rondo let his emotions get the better of him.
He says he didn't mean to chest-bump the official. He says he "Even thinks he tripped over the officials foot". Unfortunately for Rondo, even if he didn't mean it he still did it, and the replay certainly doesn't show him tripping over the referee's foot.
Nonetheless, maybe none of these events would have transpired if Rondo had the common sense to not go right behind the referee and start jawing directly into his ear.
Rondo certainly has shown he has an amazing basketball IQ, but it is yet to be determined what his actual IQ is. Perhaps then solutions regarding common sense aren't applicable.
Luckily for the Celtics, Paul Pierce came through with a dominating performance in game two, despite Rondo's absence, and combined with a knee injury to Josh Smith it allowed the Celtics to even the series.
In more recent news the NBA has discredited the Celtics' win because twice at the end of that game Pierce 'Tebowed'. Whatever that is, apparently it's bad.
It has been a tumultuous couple of days in the NBA playoffs, especially when it comes to injuries.
There was of course the double ACL tear on day one, the first of which delivered a crushing blow to the Bulls playoff hopes after last year's MVP Derrick Rose's season was brought to a dramatic and early finish.
The second ACL tear belonged to Iman Shumpert of the Knicks, who despite obviously not being as important to his team as Rose is to the Bulls, is one of the Knick's best defenders.
Add that to the other big injury of the playoffs so far, which also came to a Knicks player, and any hope they had of coming back against Miami seems to have drifted far, far away, save for Carmelo Anthony going off for fifty every game in the future.
The NBA can only blame themselves for these two injuries. Sure, they are not directly responsible, and injuries happen all the time in professional sports, but with the pressure on these athletes' bodies with the condensed season, it is hard to not lay blame on the organisation that structured the season in this manner.
Unfortunately the NBA can not be blamed in the slightest for the Knicks' second injury.
Amare Stoudemire in frustration punched a glass fire extinguisher case after the Knicks' game two loss to the Heat, and details came to light yesterday that apparently half his hand was hanging off with so much blood squirting out that paramedics thought he had punctured an artery.
Maybe he should have head-butted the glass case instead and cut off those bad luck braids.
Yes there have been some epicly terrible moments in these playoffs, and we're only four days in.
But at least we can say that with such twists and turns and endless news items transpiring, that the playoffs this year have all the makings of being one of the most interesting in recent times.
That is of course unless the Heat sweep through everybody now that their main opponent in the East has lost their best player.
Don't worry everybody, only about six months 'till we get a new and full season! Woohoo!
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