NBA Playoffs 2017: What We Learned Over The Opening Weekend

Apr 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) fouls on Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Milwaukee defeated Toronto 97-83. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) fouls on Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Milwaukee defeated Toronto 97-83. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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April 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the basketball against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dribbles the basketball against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Conclusion

The NBA playoffs are unpredictable and that’s okay.

If you had told me Pat Beverley would finish as close to a triple double as Drayond Green, I probably would have laughed in your face.

If you had told me prior to this weekend that the Bucks would handle the Raptors I probably would have retorted with a snort and a chuckle. (Now I’m ashamed for ever doubting you Giannis. Please forgive me and don’t dunk on me).

If you had told me that Marc Gasol would be stroking it from 3 looking like Draymond Green, I might have thought you were pulling my leg.

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And this was just the first weekend!

Buckle up reader, because there’s more where this came from.