Our Favorite Opening Week Moments: A Saving the Skyhook Roundtable

The first week of FANtastic NBA action recently came to an end. There were plenty of exciting, surprising and memorable moments. In this week’s Saving the Skyhook Roundtable, we’re letting you know which moment from the first week of games was our favorite.

Jack Maloney (@jmaloney9)

My favorite moment from last week didn’t actually take place on the court. Last Friday, the Boston Celtics finally honored Bill Russell with a statue outside of City Hall Plaza. The honor was far overdue and finally seeing the project – which had been planned for a while – come to fruition was just awesome. But this picture below – showing Russell embracing President Obama –  is the best single moment from the ceremony and the previous week.

Matthew Hochberg (@MatthewHochberg)

While the NBA season is still young, there have been many memorable moments thus far. If I had to pick one, it would have to be the Philadelphia 76ers knocking off the Mighty Miami Heat. I mean, c’mon, who predicted that!? Philly got off to a remarkable 26-4 start before eventually holding back the two-time defending NBA champions 114-110. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams put on a show in his NBA debut, dropping 22 points, dishing 12 assists while recording 12 rebounds and adding 9 steals. Miami suffered their first loss of the season and the 76ers earned their fist victory.

Zachary Bennett (@ZacharyBD)

My favorite moment during the opening week of the NBA season was, obviously, the Kevin Love three-pointer to tie the game against the Orlando Magic. (Here’s a link to the action live, posted on my Instagram — http://instagram.com/p/gHcId4BqDo/.) Bedlam is the word best used to describe Target Center after Love spotted up and hit the shot. Despite Magic guard Arron Afflalo not playing any defense on the play, this set the tone of high, playoff, expectations for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season — Love got it done on opening night. Afflalo got the chance to redeem himself on the offensive end of the floor, but to no avail. The game went into overtime and the Wolves took the lead on the second offensive possession and never looked back. What’s better than your favorite team’s star player hitting a clutch shot on opening night?

Nov 6, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) and point guard Chris Paul (3) high five against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 98-90. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Wesson (@iamWesson)

The most memorable and favorite moment to me was just the excitement of a new NBA season and the fact that the landscape has changed in both conferences. It seems like the bottom ranked teams will be the most important. Once the college basketball season tips off I will be closely watching all of the teams who are tanking to get the infamous #1 overall draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft next year. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing which team’s off-season acquisitions panned out best and got them over the hump.

Sonny Giuliano (@SonnyCG


I could go on for days talking about everything I loved from the opening week of the season, and I could easily just say that my favorite moment of the first week is that the NBA is indeed back. But in an effort to avoid the cop out answer, I’ll say that my favorite moment of the opening week was the Stephen Curry/Chris Paul duel on Halloween night that some might say was more one-sided than I personally would like to admit. While Curry was quite sloppy (a whopping eleven turnovers), he also reminded everyone that he is the undisputed king of the “Uh oh, he’s heating up” flurry of three’s (he hit nine in Golden State’s loss), and also that he is completely fearless going up against the very best point guard in the league. That being said, Chris Paul is just effing brilliant! Good lord! His 42 points, 15 assists, 6 steals exhibition put the league on notice that’s he not just going out there and messing around. A week into the season he feels like the far too early front runner for MVP. For good reason, he can be called “The Point God.”