The 3 Greatest 1st-Round Upsets in NBA Playoff History

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The 3 Greatest 1st-Round Upsets in NBA Playoff History
Will Dikembe Mutombo and his Denver Nuggets' 1994 upset of the Seattle Supersonics make the list? (Courtesy of Associated Press)

What makes a first-round upset one of the very greatest?

I say it's more than just a low seed beating a high one—though that's certainly part of the equation. But what's more important is the quality level of the team being upset.

For example, if the favored team's best players are hurt, the upset is certainly less of an upset; heck, sometimes it becomes a foregone conclusion. It wouldn't make the list.

Similarly, an overrated team falling would curry less favor as well.

They say the bigger they come, the harder they fall, right? All I'm saying is a Goliath has to do the Humpty Dumpty to make an upset a real doozy.

With that parameter set, here are my bronze, silver and gold-medal entrants, along with a long list of near-extraordinary opening-round shockers as well.

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