Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 5/7/12
So, are you enjoying the NBA playoffs? Have you been fascinated by a ride that doesnt include Derrick Rose or Dwight Howard? Are you wondering if anyone told the Dallas Mavericks the lockout ended months ago? Let me provide your answers, because I already know what they are: No, absolutely not and most definitely. And you cant be blamed. These playoffs stink. Theyve been one-sided, predictable, and downright dull. Oh, and lets not forget ugly. Oklahoma City sweeps the defending champion Mavericks, who look entirely uninterested in the final two games. Miami opens a 3-0 series lead against New York. San Antonio does the same against Utah. The Lakers, Philadelphia, Boston and Indiana coast against overmatched and ailing opponents. At least the Clippers and Memphis are providing a little drama -- but does anyone anywhere believe either can actually get out of the second round? And thats just a breakdown of the teams. Individually, its even worse. Rose tears an ACL and Joakim Noah turns an ankle. Josh Smith twists a knee. Rajon Rondo bumps a ref. Metta World Peace serves a suspension. Amare Stoudemire tries to pull the pin out of a fire extinguisher with his fist. Other than that, the most captivating moment came when Dirk Nowitzki and Kendrick Perkins exchanged the type of shoves typically only found between runts in a litter of kittens. As for buzz, each game is seemingly met with the anticipation experienced when waiting to walk through airport security. As for competitiveness, about six of the eight matchups were all but decided after the first 48 minutes. As for predictability, a quick look at each series shows were only being reminded of things we already knew. -- Heat vs. Knicks: Carmelo Anthony is truly a No. 1 option, but only if his team has a tendency to underachieve and self-destruct. -- Lakers vs. Nuggets: The Nuggets dont miss Carmelo, because they probably would have lost three of the first four with him, too. -- Spurs vs. Jazz: Gordon Hayward was right when he said the Jazz were ready to shock the world. Most people figured theyd at least compete. -- Pacers vs. Magic: The Magic are as big of a jumbled mess without Howard as they were with him. And Stan Van Gundy stands a decent chance of coaching somewhere in Guam next season. -- Thunder vs. Mavericks: The Thunder is for real and an up-and-coming team. The Mavs are on the way down and seemingly lost any desire to repeat on the day commissioner David Stern announced there would actually be a season. -- Celtics vs. Hawks. As long as Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams are around, the Hawks will always be the Hawks. -- Sixers vs. Bulls. The Bulls without Rose and Noah look an awful lot like the Bulls of the Eddy Curry era. -- Clippers vs. Grizzlies. The most entertaining series that no one ever saw. Of course, there is some good news in all this. The second round could actually give us some intriguing storylines. The Pacers are the type of physical bunch that the Heat hates to face. The Celtics and the Sixers have quite a history between them. A really good team will be eliminated when the Thunder and Lakers go head-to-head. But when it comes to what weve seen so far, my buddy may have summed it up best. The first round is a best-of-seven format nowadays, isnt it? he asked. Yeah, I answered. Thats really too bad, he said. Guess Ill go find something to paint. Then hell probably watch it dry. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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