Playoff stakes: Wolves, Spurs and Pacers face serious questions

Updated: April 25, 2003, 8:10 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
The NBA playoffs got off to a bang this weekend. Between the upsets, the injuries, the outrage and the suspensions, once again, teams are proving that the regular season really means jack.

The pressure cooker goes from warm to high overnight, and the burden is just too much for some to bear.

"[The Nets] played a playoff game and we were still in the regular season," Bucks coach George Karl after the Nets made his team look Bucks in the headlights in Game 1.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer