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NBA Playoffs 2013: Let the Real Games Begin

There are plenty of fireworks ahead in these eight first round matchups to start the 2013 NBA Playoffs
by Omar Glenn D. Belo | Apr 19, 2013
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NBA players describe the atmosphere of the Playoffs the same way we normal folk feel when we’re in a very special movie date with, say, Kate Upton. (Since this is all hypothetical, why not shoot for the moon?) To quote Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, “the popcorn smells fresh.” It’s such a special experience that the L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sold his soul to the devil and ran his body to the ground just so his team can get there.

Kidding aside, the world’s best ballers get goose bumps come the post-season, and the excitement spills over to NBA fans like us. We’re treated with the best basketball in the world—when the quality of play is higher, when coaches make proper adjustments for his team to come out on top, and when superstars are born. With this year’s NBA Playoffs kicking off on Sunday (Manila time), keep your eyes peeled for many memorable moments—starting with these first round match-ups.


EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks
A.K.A. The Battle Against the Broom

Who’ll Win: Unless you slept through the early part of 2013 only to wake up now, you’re aware that Miami is close to unstoppable. Their defense is more than stout and their offense more than capable of making this a ho-hum series. The Bucks' starting backcourt is one of the most turnover-prone tandems in the league, and the Heat thrive on creating and capitalizing on turnovers—they’re athletic enough to switch on pick-and-rolls, put pressure on the strong side, as LeBron James lurks for crosscourt passes. Go figure.

This will be a sweep...unless the Bucks have enough pride and fight in them when the Heat lead piles up.

Who We Want to Win: As much as we’d like to see more of Bucks big man Larry Sanders’ uncontainable passion to swat every shot, our desire is negated by every iso-centric play of either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings. In short, no NBA fan outside of Milwaukee, or even Cleveland, will like an upset here. So try to contain the underdog-lover in you, as this series will be quick.

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