This edition of our roundtable posts here at Saving The Skyhook focuses on what our writers thought were the biggest surprises to this point of the postseason.
Jack Maloney (@jmaloney9) – Chicago Bulls
Already without Derrick Rose, and with Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng all battling injuries, it looked like there would be too much for the Bulls to overcome in their first round series against the Nets. Then, the Nets laid a smack down on them in Game 1, and it seemed the series might be over rather quickly. But behind Noah’s leadership and the help of Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli, the Bulls battled their way to a Game 7 victory in Brooklyn to advance to the second round. They really impressed me with their effort and toughness, especially Joakim Noah.
Vijay Shravah – Golden State Warriors
Gotta go with the Warriors. They were basically pronounced dead upon hearing of David Lee’s torn hip flexor in Game 1. Much to everyone’s surprise, they proved that they are the better team under Stephen Curry’s shooting brilliance. He also reminded us how despicable it was for him not to be selected an All-Star this year. Now, thanks to the spotlight of the NBA Playoffs, he’s finally getting his much overdue recognition. Coach Mark Jackson said it best: “Everyone’s rushing to the hospital, but the baby’s been born for a while already.”
Quentin Haynes (@Haynesenburg) – Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry
Golden State looked to be done after the loss of David Lee in game one, but consider this: Without Andre Miller’s explosion in game one, the Warriors would’ve swept Denver. Insane to me. I felt like I didn’t have a grip on this series going in, but it’s crazy to think how Golden State looks to be the better team. I’m curious to see what Denver does in the offseason if they lose this series. As for Curry, I’m an avid fan of ranking players in the league, and Curry was one of those people who always gave me fits. After this series? I have no qualms with Curry in anyone’s top 25. He’s just a fantastic offensive player.