If Day 1 of the 2009 NBA playoffs was any indication, then wow. We're in for a treat.
So much for the Mavericks not being able to win a road playoff game. So much for the Celtics' playoff experience trumping the Bulls' youth. So much domination by the Cavaliers as they opened their bid for the city of Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964.
Don't expect any surprises in the Cleveland-Detroit series. But from the looks of things, there will be enough surprises elsewhere to keep us busy. There was Derrick Rose's coming out party in Boston -- from which I returned tout de suite thanks to the miracles of modern air travel. Efficient aviation allowed me to walk into my apartment just in time to watch the Mavericks stun the Spurs in Game 1, snapping a nine-game road playoff losing streak. (For more on efficient aviation, watch this.)
Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki were huge for the Mavs, but it was all about the bench -- J.J. Barea, Antoine Wright, Brandon Bass, and Mark Cuban. OK, just kidding about Cuban. But that series is going to be a slugfest.
The series I'm looking forward to more than any other -- Houston-Portland -- is under way as I blog this. The Blazers' early nerves and Yao's utter domination notwithstanding, that series is going to deliver plenty of drama before it's over.
Sunday? The Lakers open their pursuit of a return trip to the Finals ... the Sixers try to slow down the Magic in Orlando ... my second favorite series, Atlanta-Miami, tips off in South Beach ... and the Hornets try to become the next team to win a surprise road game when they face the Nuggets in Denver.
I told you this was going to be good.