NBA: Playoffs Shaping up like the NCAA's

Frankie AnetzbergerContributor IIApril 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets shoots over Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers as Laker Pau Gasol #16 and Hornet Aaron Gray #34 look for a rebound in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 17, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Hornets won 109-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Seeding? Forget about it.

This postseason in the NBA has, for the first time in a while, proved that the regular season means little.

Although the only major upsets came at the expense of the Lakers and Spurs, we've seen from several teams that this postseason might be on for the books.



Honestly, this does kind of surprise me.

I think the only reason Gamw 1 happened the it did was because, no question, Chris Paul is an all-star, but Pau Gasol played abysmal. Putting up eight points and six rebounds with his potential in 37 minutes is a waste of time.

I'll never understand why some coaches won't yank their star players when they're playing poorly. Basketball is a lot about consistency and being hot, which Pau typically shows, but you have to sit him in a playoff game if his production is sub-par.

Game 1 shouldn't be reason to worry and if anything, should be a concern to New Orleans. The Los Angeles always shows us they have what it takes to win a series, even if it takes seven games against an No. 8 seed.

The Hornets shouldn't neglect the fact they won, but they shouldn't execute the same game plan expected Gasol to have a poor game. It would be completely different if the Hornets shut down Gasol defensively, but everybody could see it just wasn't his night.



It's hard to say this is surprising or either team should still be alert.

Weren't we all waiting for this? Did we really expect a veteran, aging Spurs team to finish tops in the west and have the best record for most of the season?

We waited for this first crucial let down all season and here it is.

Memphis looked great, and the Spurs played without their MVP, but this a reason to worry in San Antonio. This isn't a surprise to NBA fans, or to the San Antonio coaching staff, they just road the wave of success as long as they could.

That's not to say that Memphis has them by the basketball's, but there are flaws in their execution. They need to tune up moderately and get a healthy Ginobili back.


Bulls/PacersWait, the Pacers?

This is the most confusing series I've witnessed ever.

Other than Granger, who do the Pacers have? Well, they are proving that they are a 15 man squad that you should worry about.

I'm equally disappointed in Chicago as I am impressed with Indiana. It seems like the Bulls are playing well, Indiana has just revved it up for the playoffs.

Nobody is stopping who will end up becoming your MVP, but no one player on Indiana is a standout yet. What does Chicago need to do to is tighten their defense on Indiana's bench.

The Pacers scored 43 points off the bench in Game 2, that's the only reason it's even moderately close.

Chicago should be running the Pacers out of the gym. Look for that adjustment in Game 3.