5 Takeaways from Saturday's NBA Playoff Action

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5 Takeaways from Saturday's NBA Playoff Action
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On the strength of a triple-overtime thriller between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets alone, Saturday's NBA playoff action was the most exciting we've seen so far.

But the back-and-forth exchange between Nate Robinson and Joe Johnson wasn't the only thing that left viewers breathless.

The Memphis Grizzlies flexed their muscles for a second straight game, pounding the L.A. Clippers behind a pair of burly performances from Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Home-court advantage has meant everything in that series, but with the Clips and Grizz heading back to California for Game 5, Memphis appears to have carved out a clear edge.

I won't lie to you—the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers didn't measure up to the rest of the action on Saturday. But hey, everyone needed a break after the day's first two games, so the horrendous shooting by the Pacers and the ho-hum showing by the Hawks served at least some purpose.

And finally, the Oklahoma City Thunder got their first taste of postseason life without Russell Westbrook. Newsflash: It's harder to win without a second All-Star in the lineup.

The action was fierce and the buzzer-beaters were flying in a fantastic foursome of NBA playoff games on Saturday.

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