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2012 NBA Playoffs: Wednesday's First-Round Open Thread

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Tonight's 2012 NBA playoff slate includes the Jazz trying to make it a series, the Magic trying to prove the rumors of their death were greatly exaggerated and the Grizzlies trying to regroup after clutching defeat from the jaws of victory in game 1. Why study for finals when you can be staying up late to watch basketball!

Read Detroit Bad Boy's official Eastern Conference and Western Conference playoff previews and laugh about how wrong we'll probably get it.

So what does tonight's games have in store for us?

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs -- TNT (7 p.m.)

Spurs lead 1-0

While able to keep it close until late, Utah never really threatened in game 1, as Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looked like the coach of the year, Tony Park looked like an MVP and Tim Duncan looked rejuvenated. Utah's only hope is that with young legs and limitless energy the grind of the schedule takes a sudden toll on San Antonio. But considering that the Spurs have won 11 games in a row and 25 of their past 28 games dating back to March 12, I wouldn't get my hopes up.

Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic -- NBA TV (7:30 p.m.)

Series tied 1-1

The Magic were able to steal home court advantage by taking game 1 but the Pacers answered right back with a decisive game 2 victory. Now that the setting has shifted to Orlando, and the fans might be particularly invested in the Dwight Howard-less version of their Magic team. This series looks much more interesting than I thought it would be at the end of the regular season.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies -- TNT (9:35 p.m.)

Clippers lead 1-0

I'm not quite sure how the Grizzlies managed to squander a 20+ point lead after three quarters. I went to bed thinking the game was safely in hand. I think I might try and grind this one out till the end even if it means an extra cup of coffee or two at work the next morning.