Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday 04/20 A.M. Quickie:
Rose, Lakers, 76ers, Billups, Jays, More

I think it was best to enter these NBA playoffs with couldn't-be-lower expectations. That made it pleasantly surprising to watch the Derrick Rose Show in Boston on Saturday.

And it makes Game 2 of Celtics-Bulls tonight that much more must-see (per today's SN column), if only to see if Rose can match/top his Game 1 performance -- or will the Celtics make the defensive adjustments necessary to force someone (anyone!) to beat them besides Rose.

Otherwise, Chauncey Billups was sick (8/9 3-pt, 36 pts) and it's obvious that this isn't your usual choke-in-the-first-round Nuggets team -- it's absurd to try to argue it, but given how Denver so wildly exceeded expectations this season, "Billups for MVP" is hardly THAT crazy.

Anyone see the Hawks' demolition of the Heat coming? How about Orlando's inability to finish the big game vs. Philly?

More you'll find in today's column:
*More fawning over the Marlins.
*Some fawning over the Jays.
*Yankee Stadium offers karmic payback to Saturday's obliteration.
*Matt Millen vs. Stephen A. Smith
*And More!

Complete column here. More later.

-- D.S.

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