NBA Playoffs: 5 Things We’ve Learned From Round 1
Fans of NBA hoops have gotten more than their share of thrills in the the first round of the 2014 playoffs. Only one team held home court advantage after the first two games. In San Antonio, where the top seed in the mighty Western Conference has found itself under attack, the questions about the team’s old legs are already arriving.
Are there historic upsets in the making in round one? There’s still plenty of basketball to be played, but the opening series have revealed flaws in the favorites and strengths in the underdogs. Here are five things we’ve learned from the NBA Playoffs so far.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge can perform on a super-human level in big games
Who was the last player to rack up 89 points in the first two playoff games for his team? It was Michael Jordan, who did it for the Bulls in 1988. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge made sure to add a new entry in the record books in his first two games against Houston. Aldridge followed a 46-point performance in the opener with 43 points in the second game to help the Trail Blazers steal both games on the road against the Rockets. Heading back to Portland, the Blazers hold the series in their hands.
Aldridge managed to outshine Dwight Howard and James Harden while pushing his team into position to knock off favored Houston at home. During the season, the Rockets had stretches in which they looked like the best team in the NBA. It could all come crashing down at the hands of Aldridge and the Blazers.