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

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Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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Last night, the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks refused to let their seasons end (not so much Orlando, thanks for playing, though). Tonight, we have two more possible elimination games. Can the Knicks prevent the inevitable again? And the Grizz look to stay alive in a series they could easily be leading 3-1 against the formidable Clips.

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

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat -- TNT (7 p.m.)

Heat lead 3-1

I'm not sure the beloved Jeremy Lin can do anything wrong in the minds of Knicks fans. But telling reporters that you're at 85 percent and that you need to wait until your 100 percent to play would piss me off if I rooted for the Knicks. It is the playoffs. It is an elimination game. Your team has lost Iman Shumpert to a torn ACL. Your team has lost Baron Davis to a torn ACL and MCL. Your team is relying on Mike Bibby. Let me say that again: Your team is relying on Mike Bibby. Get off your ass and play.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies -- TNT (9:30 p.m.)

Clippers lead 3-1

My head tells me that the Grizzlies are the better team. My head tells me that Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol should be having a field day down low. But the Clippers have been riding their two stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, to a 3-1 series lead and Memphis seems to have no answers. Every game has been close but it seems like Memphis fumbles away every opportunity to take a W. Is it coaching? The players? Pure bad luck?