NBA Playoffs: Best performances and biggest surprises so far

The NBA playoffs are underway! From a buzzer beater in Boston to impressive Game 1 performances from a number of young stars and teams, our writers weigh in on the best moments from a wild NBA weekend and what they’re watching moving forward.

Which team’s Game 1 performance impressed you most?

Howard Beck: The Timberwolves’ 130–117 thumping of the Grizzlies. This did not look like a young team making its playoff debut — or like a seventh seed that had to win a play-in game just to get here. Anthony Edwards (36 points) did not look like a 20-year-old. Karl-Anthony Towns (29 points, 13 rebounds) did not look like the guy everyone criticizes for playing soft. The Wolves, who went 30–16 after Jan. 3, look absolutely capable of pulling the upset in this series.


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