Dallas (1) v. Golden State (8) - For reasons I will elaborate on later today, this will be the greatest (1) v. (8) matchup in NBA history. Why? Because unlike the Nuggets back in the day who beat the Sonics, that was only a 5-game series. This is a 7-game series, and the Warriors have a serious shot. That said, let's say Mavs in 7 right now because I read an article about Josh Howard in SLAM last week. He has one dope ride by the way.
Phoenix (2) v. Los Angeles (7) - Didn't Lamar Odom used to be good when he had the ball in his hands? I can't remember because Kobe is the only Laker who ever touches it these days. I'm not sure if it's impressive that he scores 50 every game when he jacks up every shot the Lakers take. There's also an interesting dichotomy between these two teams and their styles of play. One team is the ultimate in selfless basketball; the other is afloat because of
San Antonio (3) v. Denver (6) - Tim Duncan is unable to play for the remainder of the series after being hit with an NBA record 14 technicals following the opening tip of Game 1. The Spurs remain undetered and manage to press on despite Carmelo Anthoy telling them to "stop snitching."
Houston (4) v. Utah (5) - McGrady and Yao are simply unstoppable right now while Utah is crapping the bed. Even worse, AK-47 seems to have regressed significantly this year. Not even Carlos Boozer's