After the opening weekend of the playoffs, NBA fans were bracing themselves for a first round devoid of drama and even one compelling series. Bad match-ups and unfortunately timed injuries seemed to have set us up for a bunch of four- and five-game series.
But the past 10 days have been kind to NBA fans. Two of the first round series were sweeps, but the others have gotten interesting. And now we can look forward to six Game 6s in the next two nights. The last time six or more first round series went six games or longer was 2003, the first year the NBA used the best-of-seven format for the opening round.
Paul George scored 21 points on 88 percent shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Pacers’ Game 5 win last night over the Hawks. (Photo by Darron Cummings/AP)
Wednesday evening the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets – two teams that had trailed 3-0 – won road games to close their respective series to 3-2. The Celtics took advantage of an uninspired performance from a New York K...