Apr 30, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Leandro Barbosa (28) and forward Danny Granger (33) celebrate against the Orlando Magic during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Orlando 93-78. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Craziness

What a crazy playoff start with the weird injuries and storylines happen.  First, let’s start with the injury bug that seems to have hit a couple of players and one guy who forced an injury upon himself.

Who would have known that Derrick Rose would be playing at the end of the game, land wrong, and be out for the rest of the playoffs and into the next season?  He’s already a fragile player, and causes most of the wear and tear on his body.  He’s probably asking for an injury due to his playing style.  There’s no fault to blame as far as it goes though, and now the Chicago Bulls will have to figure out how to play without him.  Last night showed that they better learn quickly.

Then, we got Iman Shumpert, a rookie for the New York Knicks, who’s a great defensive player.  He tears an ACL as well, and will probably miss the same time frame. Now, he’s not at the level of Rose, but the Knicks do need his service in the Miami Heat series.  They need all the help they can get, especially when we bring up the next “injury.”

Fire extingusher case-1 Amar’e Stoudemire-0.  Now this is something that could have been prevented as there’s no reason any player needs to hit something like that.  Sure, frustration builds up, and you need to take it out someway, but Stoudemire picked the worst way to take out aggression.

What else has happened?  Rajon Rondo says he bumped into the ref because he tripped over the ref’s foot.  Like that’s very believable.  You make contact with a ref, you’re out the next game.  We saw the Boston Celtics were able to overcome it last night, which is bad news for the Atlanta Hawks.  If the Celtics are missing a key ingredient and they still win, there might be something there.  Hawks better get ready for a Rondo return.

The Miami Heat have looked impressive in their two wins, and with the way things are shaking out, they might have an easy road to the NBA Finals.  The Indiana Pacers need to get through their battle with Orlando, and hopefully put up some fierce competition for the Heat.  But first things first for the Pacers, win the first round. 

The Sixers made themselves a series last night with their impressive third quarter outburst, and the way they control that game last night. But can they do it for three more wins?  Time will tell.

And this just the Eastern side of things.  I expect some more craziness to happen, and will be happy to report it along the way.

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