In the NBA, it was the start of the playoffs, with all games getting underway this weekend.  Here were the notables:

The Indiana Pacers were not playing well heading into the playoffs, but most assumed that they would get their act together and start dominating again.  After all, they are the #1 seed.  But the Heat intentionally dropped to the #2 seed to avoid playing a red hot Atlanta Hawks team.  Funny enough, the Hawks are arguably without their best player in Al Horford.  He is out for the entire post-season.  The Hawks came into the playoffs with nothing to lose and totally unafraid of the Pacers.  They demolished Indiana in game 1.  Indiana better shape up for Game 2.  Atlanta 101, Indiana 93.

In Los Angeles, the city doesn’t have the Lakers to root for this post-season, but the Clippers have a legitimate chance to make it to the Finals.  They’re healthy, and playing very well together.  The Warriors are a very tough team to beat with their sharpshooting guards Stephan Curry and Klay Thompson.  This game was rather close for a while, but the Warriors pulled ahead in the end, especially since Blake Griffin fouled out.  The Clippers seriously need a home win in the next game before the series heads back to Oakland.  Golden State 109, LA Clippers 105.

And, of course, everyone was extremely curious about the Heat.  Will they be able to defend their crown and win a 3rd straight championship?  They haven’t played well lately, but this team knows that the time to turn it on is right now.  Nothing else really matters.  Plus, the Pacers don’t look like the threat they once did the first half of the season.   But first… the Heat have to get past a young, pesky Bobcats team led by former UCONN superstar Kemba Walker.  The Bobcats had the edge for most of the game, but LeBron took over in the 4th quarter, and the Heat surged ahead.  Remember when people said that LeBron used to “disappear” in the 4th quarter?  Those days are long over.  Miami 99, Charlotte 88.

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