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Best NBA playoffs ever?

After last season's NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, we would have been hard-pressed to find a bettter playoff series in the NBA. Until this season, that is. If you thought the NCAA Tournament was exciting earlier this month, then buckle your seatbelts for the duration of the professional version. 

Through Monday night's action, there have been more overtimes and game-winning shots than you can count. Oh, and it's only the first round. As of Monday, there have been  32 games, and half have been decided by five points or fewer, while seven games have gone into overtime. 

Exciting might be an understatement, as I have found myself up into the wee hours of the morning trying to catch the end of these late, west coast games. Thank God I did, because these have been instant classics, on what seems like a nightly basis. 

To recap, the Miami Heat got off to a solid start defending their title with a four game sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats. Dwyane Wade looked healthy and young again, while LeBron put the team on his back for stretches of some of these games. They'll get a chance to rest up for the second round and face either the Brooklyn Nets or Toronto Raptors. 

The top seeded Pacers aren't looking so hot, with many of the same problems that plagued them at the end of the season. They are currently down 3-2 in their series with the Hawks, with a Wednesday night game six in Atlanta coming up. Roy Hibbert will have to come up big for Indiana if they want to advance.

The other two Eastern Conference series have been just as good, with the Wizards and Bulls playing some tough games, while the Raptors and Nets continue to battle it out in their series, as well. 

The only thing better than the Eastern Conference playoffs, well that may just be the Western Conference playoffs. Their first round has been no disappointment either. 

The top-seeded Spurs have the hands full with the Dallas Mavericks, as the series is tied at 2-2. Vince Carter, yes, that Vince Carter, made a fallaway three to win game three and give the Mavs a series lead, but that only lasted for two more days. Dallas has been and will need to continue to play great basketball, with help from Dirk, to win this series.

The Thunder vs. Grizzlies series may be the best one this year. The two teams don't like each other, and it doesn't help that they play very different styles of basketball. Kevin Durant has been average so for, while Zach Randolph and Mike Conley have come up clutch for Memphis. That series will favor one team after their Tuesday night matchup. 

The Clippers are dealing with some off-court issues (see article above), but are right in their series with the Warriors, a 2-2 tie before they play Tuesday night. Both teams have blowout wins, and the other two games have been decided by a total of six points. I hope the Clippers will rebound from their situation to continue to give us great basketball against the great shooters of Golden State. 

The final series left to talk about has featured three overtime games through four games played, and lacks nothing from a basketball perspective. The Portland Trail Blazers have a 3-1 lead over the houston Rockets, with a game five coming on Wednesday. If anyone has a way to stop LaMarcus Aldridge, could you please tell the Houston Rockets? Aldridge has gone for 43, 46, 23 and 29 with three double-doubles over that stretch. Not to be outdone, his teammate Damian lillard has made a handful of clutch shots, and poured in 31, 18, 30 and 23 points through four games. 

The Rockets need to find offense for both James Harden and Dwight Howard, which is easier said than done. Harden has been far from efficient this series, and Howard has been quiet scoring the ball. Neither team likes defense even a little bit, and look for that to continue over the last three games of this series. 

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