Fireworks In First Day Of NBA Playoffs, Preview of Second Day

Saying the first day of the NBA playoffs was exciting would be an extreme understatement. NBA fans saw a buzzer beater in the final game of the day as “Iso” Joe Johnson took Jamal Crawford to the basket with only a few seconds left and buried a beautiful floater as time expired to break the tie and give the Utah Jazz a 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Defensive struggles in Cleveland persisted as the Cavaliers nearly dropped game one at home against the Pacers if not for a missed shot at the buzzer from Indiana forward C.J Miles. The ‘Cavs stole game one 109-108.

The remaining two games did not end with much drama. The Spurs took down the Memphis Grizzlies 111-82 and the Milwaukee Bucks Surprised everyone by defeating the Toronto Raptors 97-83. The Spurs were heavy favorites over Memphis. The Bucks were not favorites over the raptors, however. This Milwaukee team has been somewhat of a wild card the entire season. The emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar in this league has elevated this team to being a contender in the NBA and last night was a clear example of that.

The Easter edition of NBA playoff basketball holds a lot in store.

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Starting off the day is Atlanta vs. Washington. This is one of the most intriguing matchups as many believe that Washington has a chance to make a run for the Eastern Conference finals.

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Next up, at 3:30, Portland will make the short trip south to take on the Golden State Warriors. Besides the hype that Damian Lillard has made by his comments about how his team will win in 6, there is not much to say about this matchup. The Golden State Warriors are overwhelming favorites to take home the championship this year and this series against the Trail Blazers should be nothing more than a warm up for future series’.

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The 6:30 game will showcase the Chicago Bulls, who barely made the playoffs, try to take down the one-seeded Boston Celtics. While this is an 8 vs 1 matchup, many are counting out the Celtics. This may be a much more interesting series than expected.

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Rounding out the night is another very entertaining matchup in Oklahoma City vs. Houston. This matchup is one to watch because of the Russell Westbrook/James Harden matchup. Two MVP candidates going up against each other in a playoff atmosphere does not happen every year.

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