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NBA Playoffs open thread (April 29th)

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Just when everyone thought the first round was going to be boring, the Brooklyn Nets of all teams are making a push at an epic upset.

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BKN @ ATL

When: 7:00 P.M. EST

Where: TNT

Series Tied: 2-2

POR @ MEM

When: 9:30 P.M. EST

Where: TNT

Memphis leads 3-1

Watching the Brooklyn Nets in these playoffs has been pretty frustrating. For large parts of the season, the Nets just weren't a good team. However, when Brook Lopez got healthy, the team turned everything around. Maybe the Hornets trading for him would have been a good idea after all? After going down 2-0 to the Hawks, the series is now tied. If the Nets can get a win on the road tonight, the Hawks, who had the second best record in the league this year, will be in danger of being the first number one seed to be upset in a seven game series... ever.

On the other side of the continent, the Memphis Grizzlies look to end the series against the injured Portland Trailblazers. However, the Grizzlies are dealing with injuries of their own, as Mike Conley will miss the game as he recovers from a facial surgery. If the Blazers can get an improbable win at the Grindhouse, this will become another intriguing first round series.

Question to consider: Could the Hornets given the Hawks this much trouble if they had snuck into the playoffs? (Editors Note-No)