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NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking All Four Second-Round Matchups

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Power Ranking All Four Second-Round Matchups
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It's down to eight teams. We spend 82 regular season games and anywhere from four to seven first-round playoff matches to get to this point.

The competition is tougher, the defense is tighter and the talent more even. The second round is never to be confused with the Conference Finals or the NBA Finals themselves, but it certainly is the weeding out of the pretenders and the pass to the next level for the truly elite.

There are four matchups in this second round containing those eight remaining teams. Some have been here before while others have not.

And, clearly, some series will be far more interesting then others. It's not much of a power ranking when you only examine four items, but this year's second round delivers enough varied drama to separate the edge of your seat goings-on from the going-through-the-motions mediocrity.

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