The first week of the NBA is officially in the books. Who would have predicted the only undefeated teams would be the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Orlando Magic?
After watching a few games, the season looked to be trucking along as usual. The good teams were winning, the bad teams were losing, and there were some minor mixed results in between. But d-d-d-damn, Sunday blew up the NBA universe! The East could be considered the toughest it has been in years, and the West will undoubtedly be a battle on a nightly basis. Let’s break down the biggest surprise and downfall from the first week:
Biggest Surprise: Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers are 3-0 and hold the league’s second-best defensive rating. Their future backcourt Collin Sexton and Darius Garland look extremely promising, but there’s a good chance this dream run might not last. They defeated the Hornets, Pistons and whooped the 76ers on Sunday. This team is fun to watch.
Biggest Downfall: Golden State Warriors
It’s been ugly for Golden State. Lost Klay Thompson to injury, and lost their first two games by the second-largest combined margin in NBA history. They only snagged their first win by Damion Lee’s game-winning 3-pointer in Chicago when all eyes were on Stephen Curry. Curry’s also gotten no help on offense (see below), but the lone bright spot for this team has been rookie James Wiseman who’s averaging 18 points and seven rebounds a game.
Chicago Bulls are savage for this graphic 😂— NBA Buzz (@OfficialNBABuzz) December 28, 2020
“Replacing Klay with Bricks,” then a stat on Wiggins & Oubre’s shooting 😂💀 pic.twitter.com/pjGknjthsx
Catch you Thursday.