Playoff observations: Celtics lead, but Bulls are nowhere near out
Five NBA playoff observations on a night in which the Celtics and Bulls gave us another thriller.
Three overtime games. Four overtime periods. More clutch shots through five games than either team had in the regular season. If these two teams played a best-of-35, one team would win 18, the other would win 17 and
For starters, Boston's stars have to be exhausted. Rondo
Chicago is young, hungry and a terrific home team. And the Bulls are headed back there knowing that despite subpar shooting nights from Gordon (6-of-21) and
Over the last few years, the NBA office has chided reporters (this one included) about criticizing the league over "superstar calls." The league insists that no player is above the law and everyone is treated fairly. Well, time to prove it.
In case you missed it, in the first quarter of Orlando's 91-78 victory against Philadelphia in Game 5 (
The NBA prides itself on its ability to protect players and mete out quick punishments. Howard's infraction is a suspension-worthy offense. Heck, Howard even sounded resigned to being suspended after the game; his only defense was that the Magic "were trying to be a more physical team." Will the fact that it was a star of Howard's stature influence discipline czar
Calm down, Kidd fans. I am in no way comparing Kidd to James, who parlayed a couple of decent playoff games in 2005 into $30 million in guaranteed money from
The market is too unpredictable to even guess how much Kidd is worth now (though Cleveland and the Lakers figure to be his biggest suitors), but even at 35, I don't think any team in the league will blink at offering him a multiyear contract.
I wonder what the Trail Blazers-Rockets series would have looked like had Portland not submitted that Game 1 clunker, a blowout loss that can be attributed (at least the blowout part) entirely to nerves. Since then Portland has been superb on its home floor --
• Hornets at Nuggets: Get a good look, New Orleans. Game 5 might be the last time you see this group together. It's no secret that Hornets owner
• Heat at Hawks: Big game in Atlanta. The Hawks surprised everyone (myself included) by swiping a victory in Miami to even the series at 2-2. Now they are back in control with two of three games at home if the series goes the distance. Keep an eye on the small forward matchup: Miami's