The Good, the Bad and the Ugly So Far in the 2014 Playoffs
The 2014 NBA Playoffs are officially underway and boy has it been filled with surprises.
Who would’ve thought that in their first 3 games, the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks would be leading the Indiana Pacers 2-1? Or that the all-mighty Houston Rockets would end up losing their first two games at home to the Portland Trailblazers?
For those of you that did (excluding rabid Hawks or Blazers fans), maybe you should consider a career as a psychic.
So with six days of postseason action under our belt, here’s a list of the good, bad and ugly so far from the 2014 playoffs.
Good: LaMarcus Aldridge, Trailblazers
Aldridge has been a flat out monster for the Blazers, averaging a mesmerizing 44.5 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on nearly 60 percent shooting from the floor.
He’s bound to cool off as we get deeper into this series, but he definitely deserves some recognition for his insanely strong play in these first two games.
Bad: James Harden, Rockets
Don’t ask James Harden about his offensive struggles.
NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury made that mistake after the Rockets loss to Portland on Wednesday and received an earful from Harden, who went on an angry rant and proceeded to call Blinebury a ‘weirdo’.
It’s clear frustration is building up for Harden and the Rockets after two disappointing losses at home, but a huge chunk of the blame has to go on the bearded superstar’s shoulders.
So far in the series, he’s shot 29.8 percent from the floor (14-47 FG) and 26.3 percent from downtown (5-19 3FG). Throw in his atrocious defensive rating of 114.4 and you start see he’s clearly been a detriment to his team.
Ugly: Indiana Pacers
It has been a disaster for the Pacers, as they now find themselves trailing the eighth seeded Hawks 2-1.
Roy Hibbert has looked absolutely lost on both ends of the floor, averaging 6 points on a frightening 28 percent shooting and has failed to record a single block in this entire series!
To make matters worse, the team’s overall offense is near stagnant, as their starter’s scoring production currently ranks a lowly 13th, out of all teams in the playoffs.
Indiana is in big trouble right now, and they need to figure out how to fix their problems on both ends of the floor before it’s too late.
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