Oct 30, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Opening Week: Day 2 Gut Reactions


In this week long series, we will give you gut reactions from each day during NBA opening week. We will post what we liked, what we didn’t like and what is making us scratch our heads.

The NBA is back. Finally. Day one was pretty awesome but day two was even better — a full slate of games, Sixers looking like world-beaters, plus other great debuts. With that said, let’s just get right to it.

Here are my gut reactions from opening night part dos:

  • It’s just one game, and Kyrie Irving was off, but the Cavs still beat the Nets. I should read into this but I won’t.
  • Philadelphia will make the playoffs. Ok, not really but it was a nice moment for such a young team.
  • Michael Carter-Williams looks like the real deal.
  • Wade sitting these back-2-backs will cost the Heat some losses.
  • Kelly Olynyk was minus-19 for the Celtics. That can’t be good.
  • Was really impressed with the Pistons, though, it was without Brandon Jennings running the point. I’ll wait.
  • I’m not sure how the Bucks scored 33 points in one quarter against the Knicks.
  • Dwight Howard is back.
  • This Howard/Asik frontcourt might actually work after all. It did on Wednesday for 40 boards, 21 points and four blocked shots.
  • The Pelicans showed me something. I’m not sure if I’m buying it though. Not yet.
  • Pierre the Pelican is so bad, it’s awesome.
  • MONTA BALL IS GOLD. 29 points, 7 assists, 7 turnovers. Awesome.
  • San Antonio is still San Antonio.
  • Kevin Durant scored 42 points in 39 minutes. And the Thunder only won 3. When ya coming back again, Russ?
  • Yea, the Lakers are not going to the Finals. We all overreacted. :(

Tags: Dwight Howard Kevin Durant Kyrie Irving Michael Carter-Williams Monta Ellis NBA NBA Offseason New Orleans Pelicans San Antonio Spurs

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