Saturday's opening day of postseason action made us all remember why we love playoff basketball so much.
First, the intensity spiked in Madison Square Garden as Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks forced 20 turnovers against a Boston Celtics squad that ran out of offensive options down the stretch. Jeff Green stepped up, but his big day wasn't enough to steal Game 1.
Then, an unlikely hero emerged in the Mile High City as Andre Miller erupted in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors. The 37-year-old vet dispatched a shaky Dubs team all by himself, icing the game with a last-second winner.
Plus, a gutty performance by Joakim Noah was all for naught as Deron Williams summited the mountain on his climb back to stardom in Brooklyn.
And finally, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers took control of a gritty, physical affair against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The postseason seal has been broken, and if Saturday's set of heated battles is any indication, these playoffs are going to be something special.