40 Games in 40 Nights: Day 1 Wrap Up

Derrick WeathersbyContributor IApril 19, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 18:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics hits a free throw at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime against the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 18, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 105-103 in overtime. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

How would the Celtics fare without KG?
Chicago 105, Boston 103 (OT)

Well, they didn't. Ray Allen looked like he was still in witness protection. Paul "The Self-Proclaimed Best Player in the World" Pierce missed that free throw above that would have won the game with two seconds left in regulation.

KG was so pissed at the first half effort that he decided to skip the second half and catch the The Lord of the Rings marathon.  The Baby Bulls on the other hand were led by soon to be Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose.

If the ballots had yet to be tallied, this all but sealed his rookie campaign. Rose owned the Celtics from the opening alley-oop to Noah.

Rose finished with 36 points and 11 assists, accounting for 50 percent of Chicago's 105 points. With that being said, the Celtics have to realize they are the better team.

Allen and Pierce will have to show up and the Celtics have to hope that they are not digging themselves out of the hole in the second half of games.

The Bulls can't expect Rose to carry them for three more games, and there is no way Tyrus Thomas hits half of those shots again.

"They are who we thought they were."
Cleveland 102, Detroit 84

Too bad in this case, Detroit didn't let Cleveland off the hook. LeBron continued to own Detroit, and also own the MVP trophy.

The game was close enough not to relax, but Cleveland quietly dominated behind an easy 38 points from LeBron.

Mo Williams had some early silly fouls that kept him from finding a groove, but the Pistons didn't have anyone step up and become special.

I just kept finding myself wondering why Allen Iverson is sipping pina coladas in Virginia, instead of taking the keys to this dysfunctional vehicle.

The Old Man All Star Game
Dallas 105, San Antonio 97

I called this the Old Man All Star Game since their is conceivably no young talent in this game. Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tim Duncan are all great, but they are getting long in the tooth, and fast.

The Spurs need Tony Parker to do too much with Manu out and Dallas is finding fresh legs in Mighty Mouse JJ Barea.

This series might be heading towards a sweep unless San Antonio starts to spread the floor with their three-point specialists.

Blowout City
Houston 108, Portland 81

While Yao Ming couldn't miss, Portland couldn't hit. Yao was 9-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe, and didn't even have to lace up his shoes in the second half, only playing 24 minutes.

Portland was unable to shake the long arm of the law in Battier and Artest. Portland's wing players pride themselves on being athletic and aggressive, but they ran up against grown men playing playoff defense.

Look for Portland to re-adjust and come out smoking the next game. I see this series going back and forth with blowouts until game 5.


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