2011 NBA Playoffs: A Look at Each Second-Round Series After 2 Games

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2011 NBA Playoffs: A Look at Each Second-Round Series After 2 Games
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The Dallas Mavericks are probably the biggest surprise of the second round

Generally, in the NBA you have an idea of how a series is going to go after two games. There are only so many adjustments that can be made, and after two games, most coaches have adjusted as much as they intend to.

It's the reason that only three teams have won a best of seven series after losing the first two games.

The Lakers and Celtics hope to become teams four and five to come back after being down two games to none, while the Thunder and Bulls hope to reclaim home court advantage on the road against teams that have yet to lose at home in these playoffs. 

The Bulls and Thunder, both of whom lost Game 1 at home, face only slightly better odds as the team that wins Game 1 of a series wins the series 78 percent of the time, but the Bulls were 11 games above .500 on the road during the regular season, and the Thunder were nine games above .500.

Each team also won a game on the road in Round 1.

The Mavericks have looked like the best team in the second round going to Los Angeles and beating the Lakers twice, which hasn't happened in quite a few years. In doing so, the Mavericks have made the Lakers look desperate and old, just like the Grizzlies did to the Spurs in the first round, and they have to feel confident that they can sweep this series.

The Hawks and Grizzlies hope that the clock doesn't strike midnight on their "cinderella" runs, more Memphis than Atlanta, and each needs to return to Game 1 form as they go home and try to forget Game 2.

The Heat did what they were supposed to do in Games 1 and 2, but now the series shifts to Boston, and everything changes in Boston.

Here's a closer look at each series.

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