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NBA Playoffs: What Each First-Round Casualty Can Improve for Next Season
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The first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs is in the books, with the conference finals having just kicked off.

Round 1 had it all: blowouts, buzzer-beaters, sweeps and intense seven-game series.

The eight teams getting all the attention right now fought through the opening round. They're ones still pushing towards a Larry O'Brien Trophy in June.

However, I will examine the eight other teams—the ones that suffered either disappointing or devastating first-round losses. I will look at what happened, explaining why they couldn't finish off their opponents and suggest potential changes each team can make for next season.

These can include moves in free agency, trades or on-court adjustments.

Enjoy!

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