Nerves tend to fray in the NBA playoffs. Tempers flare, old rivalries reignite and new ones are forged in the tense win-or-go-home environment. The extra testiness is understandable, really; these guys are trying to make names for themselves, secure playoff bonuses and chase down rings.
But it sure seems like there has been an unusual number of dust-ups (both of the physical and social media variety) so far.
Notably, Jordan Crawford didn't let a DNP-CD stop him from mouthing off to Carmelo Anthony after the New York Knicks' embarrassing Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics. Feuds between players aren't all that unusual, though. And Crawford wasn't the only chatty player to stir things up from the sidelines.
What's been especially strange is the way members of the media have been getting involved.
In a layered back-and-forth feud between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets, broadcaster Scott Hastings has butted in, calling Warriors coach Mark Jackson "classless" for his gripes about the Nuggets' rough play.
And in Chicago, Bulls beat writer Joe Cowley told the world that the Bulls felt the Brooklyn Nets were "gutless."
With all of the verbal shots being thrown in the first round, just imagine how crazy things will get as the postseason rolls on.