There is 1 that you absolutely have to watch out for in the 1st Round of the NBA Playoffs and that guy is Mr. Ben Gordon. His feud with the Bulls management before the start of the season is well documented; BG7 needs to be paid what he is worth. That said, considering that Gordon is playing on a 1 year contract, he has probably the most to gain if he shows and improves.
Now here is what you do not know. Something that might not play into your calculations for the Red-faced Bull. Here it goes:
Gordon is probably the most similar play in the NBA today, in terms of production, to the one and only, Reggie Miller.
You might doubt me but I would implore you to go and look at the facts. You do not have to believe me, all you have to do is check the facts and compare both players yourself. In fact, I think that Gordon is off to a better start than Reggie Miller had. Reggie is definitely a lot taller at 6'7 and is widely considered one of the sharpest, most deadliest, shooters in NBA history; however, do not let the exaggerated 6'3 frame of Gordon fool you. Gordon is a career 41.5% 3pt shooter, 43.7% FG shooter, 85.9% FT shooter, averaging 3 Boards, 3 Dimes and, a very cool 18.5 PPG. The only thing that is missing on the 26 year old's resume is that big-time Playoff performance. Enter the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
The Chicago Bulls are matched up against the defending champions, Boston Celtics. Ben Gordon is currently projected as a matchup with Ray "Jesus Shuttlesworth" Allen. The plot could not be any thicker right?
You can bet the family farm that BG7 will be winning that battle and you can take that to the bank. With the series starting today and with the Bulls-Celtics matchup being the Playoff Opener, I fully expect the Bulls to come out ready to shock the world. All they need to do is to split the series in Boston and they would create a buzz so loud that the Blogosphere will be feeding off its tremors for colour. With KG nursing a tender knee and the Celtics missing their biggest dog in the yard, the table is set for a Hero to emerge in this series on both sides. No doubt for the Celtics the Truth will be unleashed but he is the staple. The Celtics have no heros. The only hero left is:
Prepare to be entertained.