The good thing about writing about the NBA playoffs after they’ve started is that you won’t type sentences like, “Iman Shumpert’s defense will play a key role when the Knicks upset the Heat, but the Derrick Rose-led Bulls will ultimately prevail in the East.”
The playoffs are only two days old and already two players have been lost, injuries that not only ended their season, but will carry over into the next one. Rose’s torn knee alters the entire Eastern Conference race. While the Bulls should still have enough to ease past Philadelphia, most people would expect them to lose to the Celtics in the second round, if Boston’s old bones do make it past Atlanta. And the Heat become the overwhelming favorite in the conference, though they might have been just that even before the defending MVP went down.