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The NBA Playoffs got underway on Saturday,  the Boston – New York series was expected to go the full distance, but the Knicks are in complete control after a Game 2 blowout in New York.  The Knicks knew they have a tough hill to climb on the road for Games 3 & 4, going into a city devastated by last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.  Another fascinating match-up is the Oklahoma City / Houston series where All-Star guard James Harden takes on the team he helped to lead to last year’s NBA Finals, then left them for Houston in the off-season.  The Thunder didn’t need any lightning to shoot down the Rockets in Game 1 can Houston rebound in Game 2 on Wednesday?

In San Antonio, the Spurs are expecting to make quick work of the Los Angeles Lakers, who enter the playoffs without their superstar Kobe Bryant.  The Spurs prevail in the opening game of the series although the Lakers did put up a gallant effort in defeat.   That series resumes tomorrow night.   The world champion Miami Heat won their opener against the Milwaukee Bucks in South Beach on Sunday afternoon, and deer hunting season was on again tonight in South Florida as the Heat scorched the Bucks in Game 2 of their series.  The Brooklyn Nets won their first ever playoff game on Saturday, defeating the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their series, but laid an egg in Game 2 and now head to Chicago where the Bulls can seize homecourt advantage.

The team from L.A. not named Lakers are rolling along, the Los Angeles Clippers are now the new “big thing” in the City of Angels as they go into Game 3 of their match-up with Memphis looking to close the door early on the Grizzlies.  And don’t look now, but the Indiana Pacers are kind of scary and could make some noise with a break here or there.  The Pacers lead the Atlanta Hawks 1 – 0 in their playoff series with Game 2 Wednesday in Indianapolis.  The Denver Nuggets defeated Golden State to take the initial lead in their Western Conference tilt, which continued Tuesday night  in the Mile High City.