Monday, April 18, 2011
First and ten questions
By First Take staff
1. Ray Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left and the Celtics rallied to beat the Knicks 87-85. Carmelo Anthony missed a final chance to win it, and was 1 of 11 shooting in the second half. Who do you blame for the Knicks loss?
2. Chris Paul had 33 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds as New Orleans stunned the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers 109-100. Scale 1-10, how shocking a loss was this?
3. With Manu Ginobili on the bench, Zach Randolph scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and the eighth-seeded Grizzlies won their first playoff game in franchise history, stunning the Spurs 101-98. Are the Spurs done?
4. With 1:09 to play, Russell Westbrook's jumper caromed off the rim and Perkins was credited for the tip-in to put Oklahoma City up 102-101. George Karl insisted after the game basket interference should have been called. Does Karl have a point?
5. The Bulls had to wipe out a 10-point deficit before making a 16-1 run to close out the Pacers. Derrick Rose had 39 in the 104-99 win. But for much of the game, the Pacers were getting open looks. If you're a Bulls fan, how concerned should you be?
6. Saturday, the Hawks beat Orlando 103-93 in Game 1. Atlanta was eliminated by Orlando in last year's playoffs in the most lopsided four-game sweep in NBA history. Are the Magic done?
7. Miami beat Philadelphia 97-89 on Saturday. Grade "The Heatles" first playoff performance together.
8. Jon Gruden appeared on SportsCenter with Cam Newton, breaking down his game and projecting ahead to his NFL career. RYAN: How good a pro QB will Newton be?
9. What team has the better chance to win their series -- Melo and the Knicks or the Melo-less Nuggets?
10. The NBA just completed an exciting opening weekend of the playoffs. SKIP: Once again, convince the rest of the world why the NBA playoffs is better than March Madness.