What lessons did we learn from the first weekend of the 2013 NBA playoffs? One: the favorites were dominant. Two: color coordination among fan bases is so totally hot right now.
All eight home teams won this weekend, by an average margin of 16 points, making for some less-than-riveting hoops. March Madness this wasn't. Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised, though: the top four teams in each conference combined to go 263-65 (.802) at home during the regular season.
If the games weren't all that competitive, at least the fan bases were interesting. Four of the eight home teams -- the Thunder, Heat, Clippers, and Nets -- offered color-coordinated t-shirts to their fans and two others, the Nuggets and Pacers, went the matching towels route. Let's take a look and taste the rainbow.
The Heat went with a White Out -- something they've done before -- to match their all-white jerseys. The visual effect is pretty sweet and makes for an easy transition to the post-game yacht party circuit. The Bucks were waving the white flag early on Sunday, as the Heat dominated 110-87.
Former Nets owner Jay-Z, who was sitting courtside, made "All Black Everything" a lifestyle in recent years, and Brooklyn fans went with the blackout during the Barclays Center's first postseason game. The degree to which the fans participated gets lost a little bit in the photos because, well, they are all wearing black. Even if it takes a moment or two to appreciate the fans' uniformity and solidarity, this was still solid execution. Brooklyn beat the Bulls 106-89.
Oklahoma City has been the gold standard for matching shirts in recent years, breaking out different designs game after game during the Thunder's deep runs. Sunday night's shirts were blue with "Together" in white, block lettering, an obvious nod to the organization's family-like, team-first approach. The Thunder crushed the Rockets 120-91.
Would the Nuggets have needed a dramatic game-winner from Andre Miller if they had decided to hand out t-shirts rather than these yellow towels? I guess we'll never know. Regardless, the Pepsi Center, the NBA's most difficult place to play this season, exploded when Denver finally put away Golden State 97-95.
Yep, more yellow towels, although I guess these are technically gold. George Hill couldn't raise any complaints about the home crowd during Game 1, as the Pacers took a sometimes-chippy contest against the Hawks 107-90.