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NBA: Playoffs 2014 First Round News

Updated on May 4, 2014

Starting on a sad note, though...

Farewell to Hall Fame NBA Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay. Dr.Jack was originally from the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, and truly one of the great ones.

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Photo Ernie Johnson | Source

A get well very soon...

To TNT reporter Craig Sager, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The NBA Playoffs are normally his time to shine and his absence is being felt deeply. Even the eccentric San Antonio Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich could not resist showing how much he misses the colorful suit wearing Craig Sager on the sidelines.

Ernie Johnson @TurnerSportsEJ

This dude fires me up! #getwellsager #youmayhavecancerbutitdoesnthaveyou #technicolorwarrior

San Antonio Spurs' head coach, Gregg Popovich heart felt message to Craig Sager during playoff game

  • Chicago Bulls
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Charlotte Bobcats
  • Houston Rockets
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Los Angeles Clippers

NBA Playoffs First Round Bubble

  • Chicago Bulls versus Washington Wizards

For the second consecutive season the Chicago Bulls were the victims of circumstances. It is fair to say that the Wizards were the better team during this series, but it is also fair to say the Bulls have not been close to playing at full strength in two years.

The Bulls decided very early this season to change their current cast and move in another direction by basically dumping Luol Deng and after their early dismissal this post season, the writing is on the wall...Chicago will use their amnesty option on Carlos Boozer after the playoffs, will look to relieve themselves of Derrick Rose and go in heavy into free-agency.

Is just impossible to put a positive spin on Derrick Rose's back to back season ending knee injuries.

  • Indiana Pacers versus Atlanta Hawks

The Pacers talked about winning a title and dethroning the defending champions Miami Heat all season, then the playoffs started and they were ambush by the Atlanta Hawks.

“…In the NBA, everyone has a plan…‘till they get hit on the mouth!”, NBA Insider, “…win or go home is not just some catchy slogan!,”

Winning their playoff series was irrelevant. The consensus around the NBA is that a legitimate title contender should not be push to the edge of elimination in the first round.

  • Brooklyn Nets versus Toronto Raptors

The Nets claimed to be the league's newest powerhouse and appointed themselves contenders, but they turn out to be embarrassing lemons instead. Surprisingly, their rookie head coach Jason Kidd did a fairly good job.

Best tagline line written in this series, "...The Toronto Raptors versus the Brooklyn Dinosaurs,".

The Brooklyn Nets, however had the last laugh.

  • Dallas Mavericks versus San Antonio Spurs

Folks tend to dismiss the Mavericks too easily. In the Western Conference Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Golden State or the Los Angeles Clippers seem to receive all the accolades, but the Dallas Mavericks are actually a very good team with an excellent head coach.

The Mavericks are the last team in the NBA which has beaten the Miami Heat in a playoffs series, so the fact that they're not going quietly into the night versus the Spurs it's not surprising at all.

The Spurs have a bright future ahead of them with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

  • Charlotte Bobcats versus Miami Heat

The Bobcats lost this series due to an evident lack of championship talent, Charlotte was swept by the Miami Heat, but as they walked off the basketball court, team owner Michael Jordan shook hands with each one of his players before they entered the locker-room. Jordan had given up his luxury seat and was wearing Bobcats' warm ups, which is one of his vintage messages.

The basketball icon witnessed firsthand the blue print of championship success. Jordan's homes-state team will be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference soon.

"...I've never lost a game I just ran out of time.", Michael Jordan.

  • Houston Rockets versus Portland Trailblazer

The acquisition of James Harden has turn out great for Houston and Dwight Howard will continue to flourish in this Center-Friendly franchise.

Their weakness is defense. These defensive shortcomings are a problem which have to be addressed in order for the Rockets to be a serious contender. Lamarcus Aldridge was a beast for Portland and Houston was never able slow him down, as he scored at will in this series.

  • Memphis Grizzlies versus Oklahoma City Thunder

Regardless of this series outcome Zach Randolph owes Grizzlies' fans an apology. Randolph's presence is an absolute necessity for Memphis and allowing a mediocre player to sucker him into retaliation was a bone head move. The NBA has a zero tolerance policy for player altercations no matter the severity of the infraction. Randolph allowed his emotions to get the best of him.

  • Los Angeles Clippers versus Golden State Warriors

The Clippers have become a symbol of unity not only across the nation, but throughout the world. They are dealing with epic distractions at the moment, so playing a decisive game seven against a very talented Golden State team is a welcome focus change for head coach Doc Rivers.

The Warriors are talented and the Splash Brothers might be very well the new version of Show Time, but the Clippers pushed the stress aside. There is a lot bad blood between these two teams and multiple reports are pointing to a post game players' altercation in which security personnel had to intervene.

Playoff Power Rankings

On the rise
On the decline
On solid ground
On notice
Charlotte Bobcats
Chicago Bulls
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Indiana Pacers
Washington Wizards
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Toronto Raptors
Houston Rockets
Brooklyn Nets
Portland Trailblazers
Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers

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Historic Times

David Stern's protege, Adam Silver, who became commissioner on February 1, 2014, faced his first crisis as NBA Commissioner head on. Silver--with full approval from all the NBA owners--banned Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling for life after his vicious racist monologue was uncover by TMZ Sports.

The NBA is a world wide brand and there is absolutely no room in it for racism. Adam Silver acted decisively and engraved his name in history books for ever.

Congratulations on the new job

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The signing of Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations by the New York Knicks made perfect sense in every way when it happen and now that the worst kept secret in the NBA, also known as the firing of Mike Woodson, has finally been uncover. New York Will Go to Work!

Thanks to owner James Dolan, Phil Jackson has-deservedly-the opportunity which he always wanted, but was never given in Chicago or Los Angeles, during his brilliant coaching career.

Moving on

Public speeches and farewell addresses will have to be prepare by Carlos Boozer, Derrick Rose and--unless a sudden change occurs--Carmelo Anthony. Their location changes seem imminent.

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Photo Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Also on the move, Mike D'Antoni

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Photo NYPost.Com

Mike D'Antoni's coaching career has not gone well ever since he left the Phoenix Suns. During his recent coast to coast coaching tenure, D'Antoni was ran out New York with his tail between the legs by Carmelo Anthony and in Los Angeles, D'Antoni could not stop the free-fall the Lakers are in the middle of, so he was ask to resign.

By all counts Mike D’Antoni is a very nice man, but he peaked when he coach the Phoenix Suns to the Western Conference Finals.

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