Takeaways from Thursday's Playoff Games

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Takeaways from Thursday's Playoff Games
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Things can change quickly in the NBA postseason, and in the cases of the Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies, key wins may well have altered the courses of their respective series. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks looked like deer in the headlights.

For the third straight time, the Miami Heat proved that the Bucks simply don't belong in the postseason. Try as they might, the Bucks couldn't stop the Heat from continuing their dominant run. Monta Ellis turned in a dud of a performance while the Heat bench exploded, leading Miami to an easy 3-0 series lead.

Then, the Bulls put on a defensive display for the ages, limiting the Brooklyn Nets to 22.5 percent shooting in the first half. Thanks to a big third quarter from Luol Deng and just enough offense down the stretch, Chicago took control of the series.

Finally, Zach Randolph came out of hibernation as the Grizzlies defended their home turf to notch their first win against the Los Angeles Clippers. With a gritty, physical victory and a couple of key strategic developments, it looks like Memphis has a chance to build on the momentum it created in Game 3.

Though there were only a trio of games on Thursday, there were still plenty of important tidbits to take away as we hit the midpoint of the first round.

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