Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs for 2013 is in the books, with all eight home teams emerging triumphant from their respective first-round series.
Those eight teams will no doubt be looking to extend their series lead to two games when they play the second game of their series this week—something that the eight road teams will be looking to end when they hit the court themselves.
The opening game of the playoffs provided plenty of key talking points and storylines to watch for in the next round—many of which will make for very compelling viewing indeed. Read on to see the biggest storylines to watch for in the NBA's playoff action this week.
NBA Playoffs 2013: Full Game 2 Schedule1.3334037636809088e+221
Monday, April 22, 2013
Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets—8:00 p.m. ET
Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers—10:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Boston Celtics at New York Knicks—8:00 p.m. ET
Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat—8:00 p.m. ET
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets—10:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder—7:00 p.m. ET
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers—7:30 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs—9:30 p.m. ET
NBA Playoffs 2013: Biggest Storylines to Watch For in Game 2
How will the Golden State Warriors Survive Without David Lee?
David Lee has torn his hip flexor and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs—putting a huge dent in the playoff aspirations of the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors showed against Denver in the opening game that they can mix it with the best and are capable of defeating the Nuggets, but that will seriously be in doubt now following the loss of Lee and the inside presence that he provides.
Steph Curry is going to have to step up even more now for the Warriors if they're going to win. Likewise, Andrew Bogut is going to have to be the X-factor Golden State needs inside to stop Denver's bigs from dominating at both ends of the court if Golden State has any hope of an upset in this one.
The talent is there, but will it come to fruition for the Warriors?
Will the Boston Celtics Continue Their Resilience?
Against a dominant New York Knicks' side that is looking more and more like genuine title contenders, the banged-up Boston Celtics held their own in Game 1.
However, with Carmelo Anthony ready to explode against them at any given moment, the biggest question will be as to whether the Celtics can continue their resilience in Game 2 and slow down their opponents' offense in the process.
Jeff Green did a nice job on Anthony in their opening game, and yet the league's leading scorer still chalked up another huge stat-line—something that seemed to suggest the C's will have a tough time stopping the Knicks in this one.
Their rivalry and growing passion for beating each other will keep it close, and the talents of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will give the Celtics hope.
But will their resilience alone be enough to stop the surging Knicks?
Can the Chicago Bulls Get Past the Nets?
The Nets might have won their first playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, but Brooklyn isn't expected to have it all its way in its first-round series.
Chicago has been very impressive at times this year, and with the likes of Joakim Noah and Luol Deng running it's offense, it's hard to see it sputtering too much under the bright lights—even if it is coming up against a very talented and underrated team in the Nets.
The biggest question, it seems, is who will emerge from this series?
Chicago has the talent, but are pretty banged up at the moment, and that led to Brook Lopez and Deron Williams dominating Game 1. However, the Nets have gone cold at times this year and could do the same under pressure—making this one a very intriguing first-round series that could go to seven games.
Will it be more of the same in Game 2 or can the Bulls show their true colors with a strong showing in this one and level the series at one game apiece?
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