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First round thoughts on NBA
April 29, 2011 - Bennet Goldstein
It was a surprising start to the first round of the NBA playoffs as it looked as though many of the top teams hand their hands full. But most of the higher seeds are moving on (pending the result of the Memphis-San Antonio series) and survived a scare. I think we learned from the first round that there is no dominant team in the NBA right now. You can make a legitimate case that five or six teams have a shot to win it all. The Chicago Bulls had the regular season's best overall record and they had to eek by a sub-.500 Indiana Pacers team. The Los Angeles Lakers are getting older and slower but just proved they can still come to play when they have to. The Boston Celtics cruised past a depleted New York Knicks team and who knows what this Miami Heat team will do the rest of the postseason. Those four teams have a good shot and we still may hear from the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder before it's all said and done. It should get even more interesting as we move to the conference semifinals next week with no overall favorite.
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