Shocks and Surprises Abound in NBA's Crazy First Week

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Shocks and Surprises Abound in NBA's Crazy First Week
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If you weren't already aware that the NBA is back in business, you sure should be now. The first week of the 2013-14 season woke up the basketball world—and then some.

Of the 46 games played between opening night on Tuesday and this past Sunday, 28 were decided by 10 points or fewer. For those of you keeping score at home, that means that more than 60 percent of Week 1's games could be considered close contests.

And you thought LeBron James' field-goal percentage was ridiculous...

The point is, parity reigned supreme from the opening tip, as it so often does. Every team is still working out its various kinks. Those welcoming new faces into the mix are just as susceptible to getting caught flat-footed by plucky upstarts as they are by veteran squads returning intact.

Alas, a three-game sample does not constitute a trend. You can pack plenty of fun and excitement into six days of basketball, but what you can't—or, rather, shouldn't—do is extrapolate from the embryonic season any concrete conclusions about how all things will inevitably play out over the next five-and-a-half months.

That being said, there's no harm in recapping the crazy in the NBA from Halloween week, so long as we don't get too carried away... 

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