One of the most unfailingly amusing parts of the early goings of the NBA season is how suddenly it proves the experts (and conventional wisdom in general) wrong with stark finality. It reminds fans that all those podcasts they feverishly devoured and the endless Power Rankings they inhaled during the long offseason aren’t hard science. Teams that were supposed to be historically bad have won most of their games? Championship contenders are giving up too many points in the paint? A promising sophomore hasn’t taken the big leap during the first five games?
The fallibility of what you think you know is a tough draught to swallow, and hardwood cognitive dissonance can easily lead you down the rabbit hole. If the Phoenix Suns can win an actual basketball game, well then what else is a dirty lie? Here are a few observations from this excellent first week of basketball, with the added danger of next week rendering everything that follows irrelevant! Such is life!