5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Clippers Blowout Warriors, Grizzlies Stun Thunder

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zach randolphAnother unpredictable day in the NBA Playoffs.

A road team became the latest to stun a higher-seed in one of the most wild and exhilarating games of the entire 2013-14 season. In the second outing of the double-header, a home team avenged a Game 1 loss by running their opponent out of the building in a display of unquestioned superiority.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

Tweet of the Night: Paul George goes fishing

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Paul georgeIf you have been following the Indiana Pacers the last few weeks, the first thing you would say they need is practice.

Paul George’s tweet on Sunday night may indicate to some that he has other priorities.

Despite dropping the first game to the Atlanta Hawks 101-93, the bottom seed in the NBA playoffs, in unspectacular fashion, George decided the best course of action would be to go fishing on Sunday. 

5 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Home Teams Struggle as an 8 Upsets a 1

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395px-Paul_pierce_netsThe 2014 NBA Playoffs are officially underway! After just one day, predictions are being questioned and changed.

No one saw this coming.

In what can only be described as one of the most bizarre opening days in recent postseason history, the higher seeds struggled against their respective competitors. A No. 1 seed lost to a No. 8 seed, a clash between budding rivals was marred by excessive foul calls and another No. 8 came back from 25 points down to nearly stun another No. 1.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

Bernucca: Among the Elite, Thunder the Team to Beat

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Kawhi Leonard A look at the overall NBA standings shows four teams at the top – Indiana, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Miami – separated by one game in the loss column. In fact, they were dead even until three of them lost Sunday. 

Just a notch below them are three more teams – Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland – separated by two games in the loss column. They also would have been dead even had the Blazers held on Sunday against the Rockets.

Let’s call these teams the Magnificent Seven, because your NBA champion is somewhere among them. Dismiss any of them at your own peril; these are the only teams who, at the season’s three-quarter pole, have won at least two-third of their games.

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Bernucca: Feeling the Heat, Pacers Had To Make a Move

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Lance StephensonAll season, the Indiana Pacers have maintained that homecourt advantage for the Eastern Conference playoffs, and their chemistry will give them a great chance to dethrone the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat.

Are both slipping away?

In the last two weeks, Indiana’s grip on the East’s best record has loosened considerably. And the Pacers’  big move at Thursday’s trading deadline, acquiring Evan Turner, illustrated that their belief in chemistry may have been overstated.

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