A three-game smack across the face reminded us all why we're idiots as the NBA opened up on Halloween Eve when the Cavaliers took down the Wizards, Miami beat Boston and the Lakers flopped badly against the Mavericks.
That's one of my favorite things about the start of the NBA season, the immediateness of it. There's a general feeling about what's going to go down during the season for a few months, and when you combine that with the buildup that the preseason creates, we get this kind of anxious explosion of wrongness that is just terrific.
Let me throw out a few things I know for sure I was wrong about right off the bat. First, Boston still has a lot of work to do if they want to beat Miami in the playoffs, Miami's just really good. Then there's Dion Waiters. I was completely against him initially, but he had a nice little game for Cleveland. Finally comes Dallas. My bad, Mavericks, I shouldn't ever count out a Rick Carlisle-coached basketball team.
There you go, that's why I suck. Now let's take a look at what pretty much everybody got wrong before the season started so far as we can tell.