2011 NBA Playoffs: Biggest First-Round Surprises

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2011 NBA Playoffs: Biggest First-Round Surprises
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Looking for surprises this postseason? Start with Memphis gaining the upper hand on San Antonio

We’re a little more than a week into the NBA playoffs and, as expected, they’ve failed to disappoint, with great matchups across the board. The Western Conference matchups are about as even as most expected while the East has been just as entertaining to watch.

Unexpected players have stepped up while some are still waiting to make their marks. The better teams may be winning, but they're winning by surviving. And to nobody's surprise, the New York Knicks are the first team fishing for the summer. 

Here’s my pick of the biggest surprises of the first round entering Monday’s games, starting with the No. 8 seeds playing well above expectations.

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