In First Week of the NBA Playoffs, Drama Abounds

Joseph Fernandez@@joefernandez84Correspondent IApril 25, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 20:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball under pressure from Glen Davis 11 and Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on April 20, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 118-115. 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)

So, in the first week of the playoffs we've had upsets, road wins, close finishes, and statement games. Teams blow out their opponents two nights after they themselves were obliterated.

In other words, these playoffs have been better than we could have expected.

Of the eight playoff series, only two lack drama so far: Pistons-Cavs (as expected) and Hornets-Nuggets (more surprising).

And even in those series, it's obviously fun to watch LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chauncey Billups do their thing. 

In the six other series, however, there's all kinds of drama. 

The Spurs and Mavs have taken turns embarrassing and demoralizing each other. After the Spurs blew Game One, they turned it on in Game Two and Tony Parker sliced and diced through the Mavs defense. 

This led to Erick Dampier's threat to knock Tony Parker on his back in Game Three every time the Spurs point guard drove to the hoop. How can you not love it when this stuff comes out in a series, just amping up two teams that already have bad blood?

Now, being a Rockets fan, I don't want to see either of these teams win, but it was pretty impressive when the Mavs went up 73-38 in the third quarter. I've never seen a team that dominant.

Oh, wait, maybe I have. 

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Was it in the Hawks' 90-64 opening-game win against the Heat, or was it when Dwyane Wade and Co. woke up and smacked the Hawks back down on their home floor, 108-93. 

Talk about a tale of two games. The Hawks' team D in the first game was nowhere to be found in Game Two. 

So, which teams will show up in Miami for Game Three? Will both teams give us their best game? If so, I'll be watching.

Speaking of dominance, after two wild thrillers in Boston, did the Bulls just assume they'd win Game Three?  The Celtics absolutely torched them on their home floor after the Bulls showed such fire and passion on the road. 

The biggest question of this series remains: Will Derrick Rose's pitiful defense cost the Bulls the series?

Be sure, though, Chicago won't go quietly. After playing that well twice in the Garden, you're not going to lay two eggs in front of your home crowd. 

Now let's talk upsets.

How about those Philadelphia 76ers?  I have to admit, I called this as one of the two boring first-round series. I was completely wrong.

The 76ers have shown such heart and grit with a comeback win in Game One, and in Game Three they staved off a late Magic push. Both games boasted fantastic finishes. 

Now I have no choice but to tune in when this series is on just to see who will be the next hero for Philly. 

And in the West we've had some close crazy finishes.  Last night's Rockets-Blazers game looked like March Madness with all those treys the Blazers were draining.

The Rockets had a six-point lead (80-74) with 29 seconds to go, and the Blazers kept hitting three after three and had two different chances to tie the game down the stretch.

An ill-advised three taken by Steve Blake—and a missed defensive rebound down 86-83 with three seconds left—meant the Blazers were finished. 

And the Jazz breathed new life into their series with that back and forth, tit-for-tat victory over the Lakers in Game Three. The teams traded amazing baskets until there was just no time left to play. But you could have watched it forever. 

Now the Jazz are back in it and if they can get a Game Four victory, suddenly the Lakers are under quite a bit of pressure. 

And who knows, maybe tonight when the Hornets return home they'll turn their series into something interesting. You can never count any team out with CP3 on the roster. 

So come on, tune in before it's too late! These playoffs are only going to get better.