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An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Flashback: Houston ducks under . . . got it!

New York Knicks guard Allan Houston goes up

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Day 22 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the New York Knicks. The Knicks franchise has two NBA titles, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 16, 1999

Situation: The No. 8 New York Knicks and the No. 1 Miami Heat are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the 1999 Eastern Conference first round.

Context: The Knicks embodied the topsy-turvy lockout-shortened...

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Flashback: Dwyane's World in NBA Finals

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade is forced to pass

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Day 17 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Miami Heat. The Heat franchise has one NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 18, 2006

Situation: The No. 2 Miami Heat and the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Context: A year after falling to the Detroit Pistons in seven games in the Eastern...

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Flashback: Dirk has his MJ moment

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts during the first

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Day 12 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 7, 2011

Situation: The No. 3 Dallas Mavericks trail the No. 2 Miami Heat, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Context: Coming off a very inconsistent regular season, the Dallas Mavericks were...

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