In the West, some call it a surprise...I don't, the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzles defeated the best team in the West (record wise 61- 21) San Antonio Spurs in 6 games. It should've been 5 games if it wasn't for one unbelievable shot by Manu Ginobili on the right side of the court fading away, with 7'1 Marc Gasol all in his mug!! That would eventually lead to a Gary Neal 3 pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime where the Spurs took control to force a game 6 at the Fed Ex Center in Memphis where they came up short....SPURS GONE FISHING!!! San Antonio isn't alone though...The 2 time defending champions (Lakers) sent Chris Paul and the Hornets on vacation and Dirk and the Mavs finally won a first round series and sent Lamarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers on a trip, and last an certainly not least, the KD and the Thunder sent George Karl and the Nuggets back home!!
Now for the Eastern conference....D.Rose and the Bulls beat the Pacers in 5 games. The first 4 games were very close...but no cigar. See ya Indiana!! The Celtics put the Knicks out in 4 games....clean sweep. The injury of Chauncey Billups hurt the Knicks a lot. Also, Amare wasn't healthy after getting back spasms. Melo was Melo, with a performance that wont be forgotten. 42pts, 17rebs, and 6 assists. But, it wasn't enough. Atlanta put out the Orlando Magic in 6 games. They really out played them in every game, except for game 5 when they got mollywhopped. Now the question is, what does Dwight Howard do after this season? Where is he going to take his "talents" to? And I guess he can cut that terrible goatee now...UGHHHH!!! The 76ers put up a good fight against the Heat, but they lost in 5 games as well. Doug Collins did a good job with the young talent he had this year. Coach of the Year in my book, but I'm sure Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will get that. Miami needs to play more consistently in this next round against am experienced Celtics team. If not...BYE!!
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OKC Thunder vs Memphis Grizzles - 1:00pm
Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics - 3:30pm