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NBA Playoffs 2012: Predicting How Every Round Will Play out
LeBron James (left), Derrick Rose (center), and Kevin Durant (right) are all serious contenders to win their first championship this June.

After an exciting 66-game season that almost never came to be, the NBA Playoffs are set to begin.

16 teams will partake in a quest to win 16 games for the right to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy as their own. Realistically, only a few have the talent to accomplish something that millions of people dream about, but it’s a guarantee that every team will give it all they’ve got (and them some).

Similar to the regular season, the playoffs are littered with a bevy of major storylines.

Can LeBron James finally remove his distinction as one of the best players of all time to never win a championship?

Will the San Antonio Spurs impressive play that earned them the NBA’s top overall playoff seed carry over into the postseason?

How far can the Boston Celtics go in what could very well be the last run for their Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett?

Are the Oklahoma City Thunder ready to reach the league’s pinnacle and begin creating a dynasty?

Is Derrick Rose going to be healthy enough to lead the Chicago Bulls back into the NBA Finals for the first time since the Michael Jordan Era?

Does Kobe Bryant have enough left in him to get a sixth championship ring?

There are numerous questions that can only be answered as the playoffs progress. But since we live in a speculative society, why not make some predictions about how things will shape out?

Without further ado, let’s get into the matchups and predictions for the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

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