The Pistons-Bucks series didn't come down to skill or execution. Detroit simply threw its weight around.
An easy remaining schedule is meaningless to the Pistons, but it will likely mean a playoff berth to the Celtics.
Darko Milicic, who supposedly had more upside than anyone in the draft, was nowhere to be found on opening night.
The reality is that most of the NBA restricted free agents hitting it big this offseason will end up being overpaid.
Tim Duncan is hot. Brent Barry is not. And Matt Harpring has quietly become of the league's top long-range shooters.
In 56 years, the Celtics and Lakers have combined for 30 titles and pushed basketball to the furthest reaches of pocketbook and planet.
It's time to find out if the Nets were the life of the party in the Eastern Conference last season or just another joke.