Finally, the regular season is over and the games will now truly matter.
Everything is on the line now, and those teams that have been playing must continue to do so if they want a chance to hoist the trophy in the end.
The biggest question on everyone's mind is, can the Lakers three-peat? Andrew Bynum hyperextended his knee two days ago against the Spurs, but tests showed it was only a bone bruise. Bynum can play, but how much will the injury affect him?
The Chicago Bulls surprisingly caught up to the San Antonio Spurs last night and took the No. 1 overall seed. They know have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. However, does this mean they're a lock to go the NBA Finals?
Is there any team that will surprise us and pull a major upset? How far will the Miami Heat go in these playoffs? After all, they did state in their coming out party they excepted to win not one, not two, not three, not—well you get the picture.
I'll answer all the questions plus more as I give you the low down on the 2011 NBA playoffs. Who is my pick to win it all, and who do I see getting knocked out early?
As always, I welcome your thoughts below.