Not that anyone should be surprised at upsets within a 16-team playoff structure, but how sick was it watching the Bulls put the wood to the 2nd-seeded Celtics? Oh, you didn’t watch it? But everyone’s actually trying now! Especially Derrick Rose; the rookie scored 36 in his playoff debut to give Chicago a 1-0 edge in their series, beating Beantown at home in OT. Philly and Dallas also came through with wins over higher-seeded Orlando and San Antonio, respectively.
ASYLUM POLL: Which NBA Playoffs Underdog Will Pull Off The Upset?
I don’t know why the NBA seems to hate first-round upsets (see 2003), but it’s good attention for the league at a time when they need it most. But as long as the Lakers and Cavs take care of business, I have a feeling they won’t mind. They know where their bread is buttered, and if the league has their way, everything will fold neatly into a Lakers-Cavs finals. And a Kobe-LeBron showdown might be the only matchup that gets any of us to tune in.