One-on-one: Didn't see it coming
The NBA playoffs have been full of surprises, but which has been the biggest?
The only thing Ric Bucher and Chris Broussard like to do more than report on the NBA is argue about the NBA. So we decided to combine those two skills in our weekly One-on-One series, in which they'll debate the hottest topics in the Association.
Question: Whose playoff performance has been the most surprising so far?
Ric Bucher: This postseason has been full of surprising individual performances. My pick for the top of the list? I seriously considered undrafted rookie Wes Matthews and the job he did on Carmelo Anthony to help the Utah Jazz knock off the Denver Nuggets in the first round. But I just couldn't look past Goran Dragic, who came off the bench for the Phoenix Suns to help expel the San Antonio Spurs -- on San Antonio's home floor, no less.
Chris Broussard: Dragic was terrific in Game 3, but he scored just 10 total points in the other three games, including a scoreless outing in Game 2. The most surprising performance to me was Joe Johnson's meltdown in Atlanta. Joe was an absolute bust, not only against the Orlando Magic but even in the last three games against the Milwaukee Bucks. At least no one can accuse him of only stepping up in a contract year.
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