The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Week 1 of the NBA Season
The NBA is back!
It has only been a week since the 2014-2015 NBA season started and there has already been, drama, injuries, trash talk, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Good: They were betrayed, stabbed in the back, double crossed, and left in the dust after getting demolished in the NBA finals. But that does not matter right now for the Miami Heat as they started their season very strong with a 3-0 record. Chris Bosh, who almost left to play for the Houston Rockets in the offseason, has led the charge for the Heat as he has put up 77 points, 34 rebounds, and 12 assists in the first three games. The Heat is one of four teams that are still undefeated, but that could change as they play the Rockets Tuesday night.
The Bad: It all started on banner night for the reigning champs. The San Antonio Spurs had to take on the Dallas Mavericks who added Chandler Parsons in the off-season to add to their depth. The game went down to the wire, but the champs pulled off a 101-100 win as the Mavs could not pull out the game winning bucket at the end of the game. It is a good thing that the Spurs won on banner night because the next game they played they ended up losing to the Phoenix Suns 94-89, which makes their record 1-1 and fourth in the southwest division.
The New York Knicks made Lebron James’ homecoming one to forget, as Lebron only put up 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 95-90 loss. Although it made new head coach Derek Fisher look like a genius, it was not a terrible game for James, but it wasn’t what the Cleveland fans wanted or expected. He did bounce back the next game as they beat the Bulls in Chicago in overtime as James more than doubled his points with 36 and he also tacked on 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
After missing most of the last two seasons due to injury, Derrick Rose played in the Chicago Bulls’ season opener against the New York Nicks. Rose helped beat the Knicks in a dominating 102-84 win. Rose had 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and two steals, and was starting to look like his old MVP self again as he had 20 points going into the fourth quarter against the Cavaliers. Until the one moment that made every Bulls fans’ hearts skip a beat. Derrick Rose jumped and came down on the foot of Kyrie Irving and twisted his ankle and limped off the court. It’s nothing too serious as it is only a sprain, but he will take a few extra days off to give it time to rest.
The Ugly: The Los Angeles Lakers’s first round draft pick is out for the season. That is not a typo. Rookie Julius Randle is out for the season with a broken fibula that he suffered in the Lakers’ season opener against the Houston Rockets. To almost literally add insult to injury is that the Laker are 0-4 to start the season. Kobe Bryant’s frustration is very noticeable as he and former teammate Dwight Howard got into a verbal tussle and had to be separated. Even though the Rockets won by 18 points, that did not stop Kobe from calling Dwight Howard, “soft.” If the Lakers keep up the losing pace they might do worse than their 27-55 record last year.
It’s only been a week and the NBA continues to surprise us. We just have to continue to watch and see the what could possibly happen next in this unpredictable league that is the NBA.