The 2011 NBA Playoffs are underway, and a pair of teams in the Eastern Conference are already off to 2-0 series leads, although one has been much more difficult to attain than first imagined.
The Chicago Bulls once again had to give it everything they had to get past a very game Indiana Pacers team to take the first two games of the series at home. Derrick Rose continued his NBA MVP campaign into the postseason by dropping another 36 points to lead the way for Chicago. Carlos Boozer had a much better game, although once again his damage was done early on, and the Bulls took down the Pacers, 99-93.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are having no problems dismantling the Philadelphia 76ers, as they now lead the series 2-0 as well.
The Heat routed the Sixers last night, 94-73, and looked every bit as impressive as the final score indicated.
In the first half alone, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each outscored Philadelphia's starting five by themselves. Miami has dominated on both ends of the floor, and they appear to be a very formidable contender in the Eastern Conference.
In other NBA Playoffs news, referees have announced that the Kendrick Perkins tip in that helped lead to an Oklahoma City Thunder Game 1 victory over the Denver Nuggets should have been called off due to offensive interference. They have admitted that they made a mistake, but it does not change the outcome.
With three more games on tap tonight, the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks are all looking to enjoy the same series leads as the Bulls and Heat, while the Orlando Magic, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers will try to even the series.
Stay tuned for the latest news and coverage from the 2011 NBA Playoffs throughout the day.