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They're back by popular demand. And by popular demand I mean that one person requested an open thread for the playoffs. I think we'll probably do a new open thread once a week so that there are more than 10 comments per thread. We'll see how that works out.
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers -- ESPN ( Wed. at 8 p.m.)
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers -- ABC ( Sat. at 8 p.m.)
The Celtics looked wobbly early in the series but now they have the Sixers on the ropes. Will Philadelphia be able to find any offense to go with their exquisite defense?
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers -- ESPN (Thurs. at 8 p.m.)
Still waiting to hear back about any punishments from flagrant foul-gate, but this one is chippy and there is plenty of bad blood on both sides. Unfortunately for the Pacers, that bad blood seems to have focused both Dwayne Wade and LeBron James who have gone in full original Terminator bad-ass assassin mode. This series looked like Indiana's for the taking and they still have a shot -- the Heat can't afford any injuries or subpar games from either James or Wade or they're almost certain to lose.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs -- TNT (
Wed Sun. at 8:30 p.m.)
This is the match-up I've been waiting all playoffs for. No two teams have looked better in either conference and they are mirror opposites. The young, hungry, limitless energy of the Thunder who are looking to establish their legitimacy as a powerhouse against the old guard Spurs. San Antonio is playing great, winners of 18 games in a row and counting, and while many prognosticators wrote off their chances months ago they look primed for another showing in the Finals. Behind savvy, methodical veterans and a grizzly old coach the Spurs hope to spoil OKC's fun.