The Golden State Warriors put an abrupt end to the feel good story of this young NBA season.
Paul George got a max contract in the offseason and has been worth every penny for the Pacers thus far. He's been playing out of his mind and has led his team to a 4-0 start which has them as the only undefeated team in the NBA. George is clearly on a mission to assert himself as one of the best players in the Association.
If you would have told me that a rookie would lead his team to victory over LeBron James and Derrick Rose within the same week, I would have laughed in your face. The joke is on me, though.
This is the type of performance that Doc Rivers expects out of Blake Griffin on a nightly basis. On a night when the team's floor general got off to a slow start, it was Blake Griffin filling in the blanks that contributed to the Clippers' tough road win Friday night.
The start of the 2013-2014 season hasn't been a fairy tale for Derrick Rose, but the ending of his first regular season home game since he tore his ACL was special. Rose looked rusty in the Bulls' first game of the season, a humbling 104-92 loss at the hands of the Miami Heat. His shot was off, he turned the ball over, and he found himself on the wrong side of a crossover. Opening Night couldn't be much worse for Rose and his Bulls.
The Clippers and Warriors do not like each other. The Clippers embarrassed the Warriors in the first of their four meetings last year, while the Warriors returned the favor in the next three games. Both teams will be fighting for the Pacific Division crown and are expected to make deep playoff pushes and could potentially meet up in the postseason.
This wasn't supposed to happen. Not one night after dismantling one of the best defenses in the NBA. Not to the defending champs. Not to LeBron James. Not at the hands of a team that is widely expected to be the worst in the NBA. And especially not by a rookie. And then it happened.