After an exciting opening day to the NBA playoffs on Saturday, I don't think I'm alone in saying that I want more.
On Sunday, both No. 1 seeds will be in action. The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder begin their march towards what they hope will be a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals.
The Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs begin what will be an intriguing series, in my opinion. The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers also clash in their series opener.
Here is a look at the schedule for Sunday's action.
(All times eastern)
- Atlanta at Indiana - 1:00 PM on TNT
- LA Lakers at San Antonio - 3:30 PM on ABC
- Milwaukee at Miami - 7:00 PM on TNT
- Houston at Oklahoma City - 9:30 PM on TNT
Here is the viewing info for the entire postseason
First Round: Click here for all dates, times and TV info
Complete Listing: Full Postseason Schedule (via Sports Media Watch)
Burning Question In Each of Sunday's Series Openers
Will the Heat make Brandon Jennings Pay For His Prediction?
Brandon Jennings said he sees his Bucks beating the Heat in six games.
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We’re Gonna Win In Six. - Brandon Jennings on #BucksPlayoffs2013-4-19 00:36:39
I don't blame him for making the prediction. What does he or his team have to lose? No one expects them to win anyway.
It will be interesting to see what type of defensive intensity Jennings sees after such a bold claim.
If he catches fire, he'll likely see LeBron James as a primary defender. Then we'll see if his game can cash the check his mouth wrote.
Will the Rockets Shoot Lights Out From Three-Point Range?
The only chance the Rockets have to beat the Thunder is to shoot an insane percentage from downtown.
They allowed more points per game than every team in the league sans the Charlotte Bobcats. But only the Knicks made more threes.
If they shoot a high percentage from deep, things could get interesting. I still think the Thunder will win, but it could be one of the most entertaining and high-scoring first-round series.
Can the Hawks Match the Pacers' Intensity?
The Pacers will turn up the intensity and physicality in the postseason. It will be major gut-check time for the Hawks.
If they aren't up to the challenge, this series could be extremely lopsided.
With Josh Smith possibly leaving in the offseason, his effort will be huge in this series. If he plays as if he has one foot out the door, the Hawks will be in trouble.
Can the Spurs Handle the Lakers' Twin Towers?
The Lakers are now running their offense inside-out, which is the way it should have been run all season.
No team in the NBA has the size and talent on the frontcourt that the Lakers possess. Since Kobe Bryant went down, the Lakers have held two opponents to 38 percent shooting and just 95 points per game.
Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard have been dominant. In those two games, they have averaged 33 points, 35.5 rebounds and six blocked shots per game.
One of the two opponents the Kobe-less Lakers defeated was the Spurs. That was the regular season, but the Lakers play without Kobe is enough to make the series interesting.
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