HOW THE NBA LOOKS AFTER WEEK ONE

The 2017-18 NBA season started early this year and we’ve seen a handful of games already in the first week. The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors received their championship rings and then went out and dropped game one to the Houston Rockets on their home floor. Their finals opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, got their first look at their former point guard, Kyrie Irving, in a Boston Celtic uniform and came away with a tight victory on opening night.

Now a week doesn’t seem like much, but who would have thought this much news would come out of that short period of time. If this kind of news happens every week, it could be one heck of a season.

  • The Phoenix Suns started the new season with 3 straight losses by a total of 92 points. That has already resulted in Head Coach Earl Watson being fired and disgruntled point guard Eric Bledsoe to tweet “I don’t want to be here”. Not really sure where they go from here but trying to move Bledsoe and get some value in return might be a good start.
  • A practice altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis left Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. Mirotic is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks leaving the already shorthanded Bulls even more shorthanded. Add to that the fact that Portis has been suspended by the team for 8 games and Chicago may not recover, even though they really weren’t expected to contend for a playoff spot.
  • Injuries have struck early and hit a couple of teams hard. The key acquisition of Gordon Hayward to the Celtics backfired on them just five minutes into game one when Hayward suffered a gruesome leg and ankle injury and will be done for the year. And in Brooklyn, guard Jeremy Lin sustained a ruptured tendon in his knee late in his first game that will likely end his season. Lin played through a myriad of injuries last season. 
  • How about an early buzzer beater that might go down as one of the best of the year. First, Carmelo Anthony nailed a three-pointer with just 5 seconds left to apparently give his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, a last second win. But with no timeouts, the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins took the inbounds pass and heaved up a desperation three from just inside half court. The ball banked in as time expired for the Minnesota victory.

Those are just a few of the news items in the early going in the NBA. Others worth mentioning include Dwyane Wade coming off the bench in Cleveland, Chris Paul limping through his first game with the Rockets and the Warriors dropping two of their first three games to begin the season.

Looks like it could be an interesting season. Stay tuned.