The Clippers won their Game 1 over the Spurs last night, but we'll have to wait until Wednesday for Game 2. That doesn't mean playoff basketball stops. The postseason continues tonight with a couple of Game 2s.
Derrick Rose has been injured during the playoffs and most of the regular seasons in between for what seems like forever now. In Game 1 he was playing playoff basketball again, and he looked very much like the player who won the MVP in 2011. The East is clearly not as good as the West, but with a fully healthy DRose, given the addition of Pau Gasol, the development of Jimmy Butler and the surprise of Nikola Mirotic, that Bulls team suddenly looks very impressive on paper. Milwaukee is a promising young team, but they probably don't have enough to hang with the Bulls.
The Warriors were the best team in basketball during the regular season, and they were particularly good at home, where they went 39-2. In Game 1, they built a huge early lead as everyone suspected they would and appeared ready to coast. Then something weird happened: the scrappy Pelicans made it a game.
Stephen Curry will probably win the MVP this season, but he may not be the best player in this series. Anthony Davis, playing in his first playoff game, started slowly, but began to dominate as the game wore on. It's premature to suggest that the Warriors are vulnerable, but if Davis can start Game 2 the way he finished Game 2, this could get interesting.