Plenty has happened during the opening week of the NBA playoffs — some of it expected, some not. There have been massive comebacks, huge upsets, buzzer-beating wins and record-setting performances. There have also been rough shooting nights and epic collapses.
Here is a look back at how the playoffs have played out so far and what is up next in the first round.
No. 1 Boston vs. No. 8 Chicago
Bulls lead 2-0
The Celtics laid a giant egg at home as they dropped the first two games to a Bulls team that had won just 16 road games all season long. Chicago has taken advantage of the Celtics on the backboards and got big performances out of Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo — who missed a Game 2 triple-double by just one rebound — to stun Boston.
Game 3: In Chicago on Friday at 5 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 3 Toronto vs. No. 6 Milwaukee
Bucks lead 2-1
The Bucks started out Game 3 with some levity by playing the Barney theme song during the Raptors’ player introductions, and then showed that they were all business on the court as they crushed Toronto 104-77. Milwaukee got out to a hot start as it outscored the Raptors 32-12 in the first quarter before running away with the easy win. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the catalyst for the Bucks on the night as he played big on both ends of the floor. He finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks, including this highlight reel swat with his elbow.
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