I wrote the following first-round preview of the 2012 NBA Playoffs prior to any of yesterday’s games starting. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fully edit and publish it until today. It wouldn’t be an NBA preview from me, if it wasn’t posted until after the games have started. That said, obviously Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert both had season-ending injuries yesterday, which changes everything, especially for Chicago. Yes, everything I wrote about Rose in this preview was before the injury and game even happened. I didn’t mean to jinx him, I swear.
I still stand by my outcome of the Chicago/Philly series, despite the injury to Rose. As far as the Magic/Pacers series, well, you can already call me out, because I was wrong.
There’s a lot of reading involved with this, feel free to dive in. I’m also going to post my entire playoff bracket, sans explanations, in just a few. So stay tuned for that. (more…)