By Enrique Millan
The Warriors were destroyed by the Spurs, the Cavaliers took down the Knicks, Damian Lillard dominated the floor in Portland – the NBA is back!
The biggest surprise of opening night was when the “villains” of the NBA (the Warriors) lost their first game. Despite the “Big Four” putting up 82 points together, the rest of the bench was only able to come up to 18. Now, the superstar team is being questioned. Will they still be Number One Seed? Unfortunately, it is all too soon to tell. On the other hand, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Jonathon Simmons worked for 81 points together, with 48 points put up by the rest of the team. The Spurs are known as a team that shares the ball, and definitely showed it on opening night.
The reigning champion Cavaliers were able to hang up their banner and show off their victory rings. On this opening night game, they faced the New York Knicks with a new set of faces on the team. Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Derrick Rose joined the Knicks for this new season. New York is supposed to be a top contender this year, but it certainly didn’t show during this game. The newest recruits were unable to save the game, as Rose only had 17 points, and Lee and Noah ended up with none. The reigning champs came ready to play – Kyrie Irving was strong with a 29 point game. Lebron James had his first triple-double on this opening night (meaning he scored double digit points in three point categories.) LeBron ended up with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists to secure the win.
Another team with new faces this year is the Utah Jazz. They headed to Portland on opening night with their game faces on. Their new players Joe Johnson and George Hill scored an impressive 48. Because of this effort, The Jazz were up in the fourth quarter. However, Damian Lillard of the Blazers had other plans. He helped the Blazers rally back in the final part of the game, scoring 39 points to give the team a victory. Rumors of Lillard being MVP this year could be true, if he continues to play this well. After the game, Lillard confessed he was just happy to keep the 16 game winning streak alive in home openers.
With such an exciting opening night, there is no telling what will happen in the 2016 NBA season.
Featured Photo: “2013 NBA Logo” by Michael Tipton [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr; Cropped and brightened from original
“Kawhi Leonard” by SD Dirk [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr
“Lebron James” By Erik Drost from United States [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
“Damian Lillard” By nikk_la (Flickr: K26A0442) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons