NBA Playoffs: Where Exciting Happens

Joe WillettSenior Writer IApril 24, 2008

The NBA Playoffs are still in the baby stages of the first round, but we have already seen great games and individual performances.

Right off the bat, the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns played a double-overtime thriller.

It looked to be over in regulation, but Manu Ginobli hit Michael Finley for a 3-pointer with 15 seconds to tie up.  A last second miss by Leandro Barbosa allowed the game to head into overtime.

The Suns held a late lead there too.  But the first 3-pointer for Tim Duncan (assist to Ginobli) all season sent the game into double-OT after Boris Diaw missed fade-away jumper as time expired.

In the second overtime.  It looked like a third OT was possible, but Ginobli decided that it was time for him to shine and stop passing the ball.  He drove into the lane and hit a lay-up as time neared it's end.

Steve Nash took a three-quarter court shot and missed, giving the Spurs an exciting Game One victory. 

In Game Two, the Spurs would not let the Suns stay in the game as long, and decided to, as the Water Boy would say, "open a can of whoop-ass," which included a 27-11 3rd quarter run.

Then we have the individual performances.

Kobe Bryant dropped 20 points in the first quarter on his way to 49 points on the night. For good measure he added 10 assists to finish with a double-double.

LeBron James has been off the chain against the Washington Wizards.  He went 30 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds in Game One.  Then he added 32 more points in the Game Two.

Gilbert Arenas had a good Game One despite still being hindered by nagging injuries, scoring 24 points.

Chris Paul rode the wave of momentum from a great regular season into the playoffs. Paul had 32 points and 17 assists in Game One, followed by 35 points and 10 assists in Game Two.

We all knew that this would be a great playoff season, but this season makes me feel a little dirty because I'm enjoying it so much.

Hopefully, the rest of the playoffs can be as exciting as the start has been.


I'm Joe W.