5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — CP3 Lights Up the Thunder, Ariza Goes Off in Indiana

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Just one day into the Conference Semifinals, the legendary competitiveness of the first round seems so distant. The second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs opened up in surprising, yet somehow reminiscent fashion. Road teams continued to get the best of their home counterparts, but the outcomes were far more lopsided than anyone expected to see. Here’s everything that you need to know about the opening day of the Conference Semifinals.

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VIDEO: Second-Round NBA Playoff Predictions

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You want gambling advice? Check out my picks for the four second-round NBA playoff series, and then go out and bet the opposite. OK, maybe that is overstating it. But I did not have a great first round from a prognosticator standpoint, failing to hit on my upset picks of the Grizzlies over the Thunder and the Warriors over the Clippers. Close, but not quite. The best pickers we had in the first round were Peter May and Shlomo Sprung, although Danny Schayes

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5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs Advance

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One of the greatest first rounds in NBA history has come to a close. What an ending it was. The 2014 NBA Playoffs have already featured a record number of Game 7s, and two of those series-ending clashes were held on Sunday, May 4. There was a blowout, but the other game featured a down-to-the-wire finished that required a series-saving block at the rim. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

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5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Lillard Beats Buzzer, Mavs and Nets Force Game 7

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The first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs is going to end at some point. The teams involved are doing all they can to make sure that it takes as long as possible for that to happen. No complaints from my end. The madness of a legendary opening round continued as three teams looked to close out their respective series on Friday, May 2. Two of those teams came up short, while the third cashed in on the opportunity in the most

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5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Three Teams Avoid Elimination, Fisher Ties Kareem, KD is Reliable

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Three elimination games. No eliminations. Thursday, May 1 marked an evening in which two heavy underdogs and one embattled franchise could close out their respective series. The results remained consistent with the wild nature of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, as two road teams won and no squad was able to close out. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

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VIDEO: Adios, Mike D’Antoni; That Was Some Legacy You Left

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So we close the door on the Mike D’Antoni era in Los Angeles. OK, we slam the door. At least that is what we would do if we were Lakers fans, whose hopes were astronomically high at the start of the D’Antoni era, and whose egos and now black and blue after the worst season in franchise history. The Lakers had nine non-sellouts, set a team record for losses (55), dropped a game against the Clippers by 48 points, and became second-class

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5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Toronto Survives Comeback, Houston Fights Off Elimination

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Believe it or not, home teams actually won every game. You know it’s a wild postseason when that’s surprising at all. Wednesday, April 30 was more than just a display of home court advantage in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. There was a 21-point comeback with a wild ending, a contender fighting off elimination and a favorite earning a close statement win. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

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