NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: When and Where to Watch First-Round Action

Tim KeeneyContributor IApril 22, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 20:  Andre Miller #24 of the Denver Nuggets steals the ball from Jarrett Jack #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 97-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Don't let the monotony of nearly every Game 1 ruin your taste for the first round of the NBA playoffs. 

While every home team won its opening matchup, and while some were some were laughers and others were stinkers, plenty of the first round will still continue to be must-see, entertaining action.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, you can find the entire playoff schedule here

There are, of course, some series that won't captivate everyone.

It looks like both the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder should probably break out their brooms. It's not surprising that both No. 1 seeds are primed for sweeps, but the latter—James Harden vs. his old teammates, Houston's uptempo style vs. OKC's athletes—will be disappointing if it only goes four games. 

Moreover, the Los Angeles Lakers look to be in trouble against the San Antonio Spurs—AND Kobe will expropriate the world of his in-game tweets. Woe is us (although the Zen Master himself certainly won't denounce Twitter, so there's that).

Atlanta looks overmatched against Indiana, and Joakim Noah's (lack of) health appears to be a problem for Chicago against the Brooklyn Nets.

Other than that, the first round will get better. I pinky promise. 

David Lee may be lost for the rest of the season, but Denver and Golden State are 1-for-1 in providing slow-motion buzzer beaters by point guards who were born during the Ford administration.

Even without the star power forward, these are two of the four fastest teams in the league, and the remaining games should continue to be uptempo sprints that are full of scoring.

Points, points, points (said in this voice)!

Game 1 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies was a stinker, but the latter wasn't done in by a lack of talent. They simply defended the pick-and-roll poorly and were dominated on their own glass. Those problems can be easily reversed, and the rest of the series should be evidence of that. 

Over in the East, the Knicks-Celtics matchup may not showcase a lot of points, but it will continue to be hard-fought battle between two solid, veteran teams. 

The first round isn't off to a blazing start, but the NBA's unique entertainment will be present each and every day going forward.