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As exciting as the NBA regular season is, it's nothing compared to the playoffs. The NBA postseason is one of the most exciting in sports, and this year should be no different. There are a plenty of juicy storylines entering this year's playoffs, and if the regular season is any indication, anything can happen.
The question on everyone's mind is whether or not the star-studded Miami Heat can make up for last year's loss in the NBA Finals. Since Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined the heat following the 2010 season, the pressure's been on for them to win a title. It certainly looks like they've got a shot to do it, with one of the best records in the league and James having an MVP caliber season.
In the Western conference, all attention is on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Led by explosive young stars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder has looked like one of the best teams in the NBA all season long. They came close to reaching the Finals last year, could this be the year they break through?
Many basketball fans have also been closely following what they see as a changing of the guard in Los Angeles. The Clippers have long played second fiddle to the Lakers in the City of Angels, but with new stars like Chris Paul and the electric play of Blake Griffin, the Clippers are once again in the conversation.
Speaking of age, that's the big question looming over the heads of the 2008 champion Boston Celtics. The Big Three (Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce) are all nearing the end of their respective careers, and while Pierce is still as effective as ever, injuries have hobbled the other two. Will a cadre of untested youngsters be able to carry the storied franchise throughout the playoffs?
There are a number of other interesting questions as we head into the playoffs: Can the aging Spurs win one more? Can the New York Knicks stay hot and beat The Heat? Will Derrick Rose stay healthy enough to lead the Chicago Bulls to their first appearance in the NBA Finals since Jordan left?
The answers will start to emerge tomorrow as the Bulls and 76ers get the playoffs started at Noon on TNT. I think we can all agree that this is going to be one of the most exciting NBA post seasons in a long time.
Who do you think is going to win it all?
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