Game One of the NBA Playoffs is in the books for all 16 teams.
And we saw just about everything from flopping to bad officiating to devastating injuries to, blowouts, comebacks and game-winners.
As anyone can tell you, though, and some may need reminding, it was only one game. A script can easily flip in the postseason.
So we move on in the playoffs, with six Game 2s Monday night.
New York (0-1) at Miami (1-0):
In the midst of the humiliating defeat, Iman Shumpert suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for 6-8 months.
Baron Davis’ back flared, and Tyson Chandler was out of sorts, playing through flu-like symptoms and picking up a flagrant foul along the way.
Amare Stoudemire was just about invisible with 9 points and five rebounds.
It was a challenge to even get the ball to Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James fronting him. When he did get the ball, he often clanked, shooting just 3-of-15 en route to 11 points and 10 rebounds.
More than ever, Anthony has to be the star of the team and he will have to match James, at least offensively, if the Knicks hope to have any shot of winning a single game in this series.
From Howard Beck of The New York Times: “To save the Knicks’ postseason, all Carmelo Anthony needs to do is score like himself, pass like Jeremy Lin, defend like Iman Shumpert and protect the rim like Tyson Chandler. If he acquires mystic healing powers by Monday night, that could help, too. The Knicks are so banged up, bruised and depleted that their series-opening loss to the Miami Heat seemed almost inconsequential by comparison… The status of Chandler and Davis for Game 2 will be hazy right until tip-off Monday, leaving the Knicks once again pondering their options and their star-crossed existence. Their only sure thing now is Anthony, and he struggled to score 11 points in Game 1. “We’re going to have to do it all,” Anthony said Sunday. “Everybody is going to have to do a little bit more, a lot more, due to the lack of players we’re going to have out there.” Even in this tortuous, twisting season, the Knicks have never been this debilitated or this demoralized. The 33-point loss was their worst (regular season or playoff) in two years, and their most lopsided playoff defeat in 21 years, since a 126-85 rout by the Chicago Bulls in 1991. It was their third-greatest margin of defeat since 1985.”
Jeremy Lin is still recovering and though slightly ahead of schedule, may not come back in time to face the Heat.
More from Beck: “Jeremy Lin’s left knee is sound, but it is not yet ready for the strain of playoff basketball and it may not be until the Knick shave run out of playoff games. A day after playing one-on-one for the first time, Lin reported soreness in his surgically repaired knee, an indication that he needs more time to recover. He ruled out playing in the next two games against the Miami Heat and he seemed skeptical about Game 4 next Sunday. “I was more encouraged by what I did yesterday, and less encouraged by how I felt today,” Lin said Sunday, with ice packs strapped to both knees. “But it’s a process, ups and downs.” Lin, who had surgery April 2 to repair a small meniscus tear, is ahead of schedule in his recovery. He is again running and cutting, although not at full speed. Nor has he been cleared for contact. Still, he remains optimistic that he will play in this series, which the Heat lead, 1-0.”
James was dominant in his first post-season game since being ousted by the Mavericks in the Finals last season, scoring 32 points on 10-of-14 shooting while shutting down Anthony and displaying an array of theatrics.
For the Heat as a team though, the focus and key to success will be symbiosis.
From Joseph Goodman of Miami Herald: “(Mike) Miller sometimes joked about his limited role during the season, but in reality he knew his exhaustive individual shooting drills were more about preparation for the postseason than anything else. With the playoffs under way, Miller is now under direct order from coach Erik Spoelstra to shoot the ball every time it touches his hands. And the same goes for Shane Battier and James Jones. Lost amid LeBron James’ otherworldly performance on Saturday in the Heat’s 100-67 victory against the Knicks in the opening game of the first-round of the playoffs was the heavy number of 3-point shot attempts by the Heat’s sharpshooters. Entering the series, the Knicks carried the reputation as the more prolific three-point shooting team, but the Heat matched New York shot-for-shot from three-point range in Game 1.”
”We lost a game,” Danny Granger said. ”We watched it. It’s not the end of the world. It’s a seven-game series. We don’t want to overreact.”
From Dwain Price of Star-Telegram: “Westbrook was active on him, but frankly we were going to Dirk (Nowitzki) most of the time and that’s where I think our balance can be a little better, and that’s on me,” Carlisle said. “I can do some things to get Jet a little more involved.” Terry is one of the Mavs’ more reliable fourth-quarter scorers. So when he only attempts one shot while playing 11:42 of the final period, is that cause for concern? ”I’m not concerned,” Terry said. “I’ve been doing it all year in the fourth quarter. I’ll get another opportunity and we’ll see if I can take care of business.” Terry and the Mavs will get another opportunity to gain an opening road split in Game 2 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Point guard Jason Kidd said that when Terry is in rhythm the way he was in Game 1, the Mavs need to find more shots for him. ”They put Westbrook on him and he just denied him the ball, so we have to figure out different ways to get Jet in different positions to get the ball to be successful, and we expect to see that [tonight],” Kidd said. “So hopefully we can get him in the right spot and hopefully he’s still hot. ”He had a great game and it was our fault that we couldn’t get him the ball in that fourth quarter.”… One of the game’s best fourth-quarter scorers, Terry vows to return to his gunslinger ways tonight, regardless of who is guarding him. ”I don’t care who’s on me — it doesn’t matter,” Terry said. “I’m going to be aggressive and look for opportunities to make plays.”
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