NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Storylines That Have Surfaced in Round 1

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NBA Playoffs 2011: 5 Storylines That Have Surfaced in Round 1
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Although they have just begun, the 2011 NBA Playoffs have no shortage of intriguing storylines.

From surprise contenders (like the Mavericks), to shocking struggles (Lakers and Magic), the few playoff games we have seen have revealed how wide open the 2011 postseason is.

Without further ado, here are five storylines that have come to light so far in the first round. They include an upstart team on the rise, an embattled former superstar, the NBA’s best center, and two of the league’s most visible and consistent powers.

Like the playoffs themselves, the conclusions to these stories have yet to be written. The coming playoff rounds will determine not only the NBA champion, but the fates of countless others as well.

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