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NBA Playoffs 2012 Bracket: 5 1st-Round Matchups We're Dying to See

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NBA Playoffs 2012 Bracket: 5 1st-Round Matchups We're Dying to See
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The first round of the NBA Playoffs could either be a formality for some teams or a grind-it-out series for the ages, depending on the matchup.

This year's postseason may be containing more of the latter.  Whether its a series for revenge or a team trying to make a statement, the first round may not be just a stepping stone for even the top teams this season.

Let's take a look at some of the most enticing first-round matchups as the current playoff picture stands in the NBA.

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