The 5 Best Moments From the NBA Playoffs: Round 1 Edition
Now that Round 1 of the NBA playoffs is safely in the books, complete with a catch-your-breath-and-get-ready turnaround from the Spurs blowing out the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday afternoon, the first game of Clippers versus Oklahoma City is queuing off tonight in a series that promises to test the emotional range of all NBA fans, regardless of team affiliation. The series, along with Spurs versus Trail Blazers, will also surely test the effects of sleep deprivation on hoops-heads who don’t happen to live on the West Coast. Seriously — did anyone get any sleep over the last two weeks when the late games were on? We didn’t, and it was awesome.
The second round looks rife with even more epic basketball: The Brooklyn Nets, and especially KG and Pierce with the Brooklyn Celtics facing down LeBron and co. for what might be the last time. What about Blake and CP3 head to head with Westbrook and KD? Tim Duncan’s Last Charge? We would be remiss if we didn’t give a nod to the awesomeness that was this year’s Round 1.
After all, 2014 saw the most playoff games played (50), the most overtime games (8), the most lower-seed victories (24), and only one super lame officiating decision that directly impacted a series in a way that could be advancing the league’s star-driven agenda (suspending Zach Randolph for the Thunder/Grizzlies Game 7.) That said, here are the five best moments from the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs.