Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 4/30/12

There is still a lot of basketball left to be played in the first round of this year's playoffs, but you can learn a lot from the first game. I had the pleasure of watching the opening game of every series this weekend, so here are a few quick thoughts.

Chicago Bulls lead Philadelphia 76ers 1-0

It is hard to pick out anything important that happened in this game. Oh wait ... Yes, the reigning MVP is now done for the season, but lets not count out the Bulls just yet. Just because they lost Derrick Rose for the rest of the playoffs does not mean their season is over. They showed all year that they can win without Rose and they showed on Saturday that they can easily get past the 76ers. If the Bulls play like they are capable, they could still potentially sweep this series. I have heard lots of people say we are headed for a Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals, but the Celtics are having their own struggles with the Hawks. Without Rose, I think the Bulls are still capable of getting to the conference finals, but from there it is going to be tough.

Miami Heat lead New York Knicks 1-0

All the hopes of re-incarnating this old rivalry were tossed out the window with one game. Yes, things got chippy and the teams clearly do not like each other, but after a 33-point beatdown the chances for a long, drawn-out slugfest are all but gone. The Knicks also lost their best perimeter defender in Iman Shumpert, and the Heat have some pretty decent (sarcastic understatement) perimeter scorers. This first game has Miami fans busting out their brooms, already looking forward to their next opponent.

Orlando Magic lead Indiana Pacers 1-0

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