2011 NBA Playoff Schedule: Tip Times and Playoff Predictions

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2011 NBA Playoff Schedule: Tip Times and Playoff Predictions
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The 2011 NBA Playoffs are underway, and we have already seen that anything can happen.

The New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies made NBA playoff history yesterday by defeating the top two seeds in the Western Conference, knocking off the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively.

Meanwhile, the top seed in the Eastern Conference got quite a scare before pulling out a victory in the end, as the Chicago Bulls needed an MVP performance from Derrick Rose to edge the Indiana Pacers in Game 1. 

The Miami Heat did not play the most complete game in the world, but were able to get past a gritty Philadelphia 76ers team on Saturday, while the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks got off to a solid start against the Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

On Sunday, the Boston Celtics needed a huge three pointer from Ray Allen with about 12 seconds left to come back and beat the New York Knicks, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook became the first players since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City to each score 30 points in a playoff game in the Thunder's win over the Denver Nuggets.

With only two games on tap on Monday, it is a rather light night of action. But if this weekend is any indication of what we can expect, you will not want to miss a moment. 

Stay tuned for all of the latest news and notes from the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

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