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- Geek & Sci-Fi
David Stern has to be happy after the Conference Semifinals.
With the <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/05/03/hawks.heat.game7/?eref=T1">Hawks</a> dispatching of the Heat yesterday, the first round of the NBA Playoffs came to a close.
Well, the games are underway and our <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/04/tss-nba-playoffs-preview-the-first-round">first round picks</a> are locked in for posterity & scrutiny.
There’s no season like the post season and this rings especially true come time for the NBA Playoffs.
The Hornets<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=At25nkyrcQM7WCdDJX5yric5nYcB?gid=2008051903" target="_blank"> fell to loathsome Spurs 91-82</a> in Game 7 of the Western Conference semis in New Orleans last night, setting up a San Antonio-LA conference finals showdown that forces anyone with a soul to partake in the unenviable chore of cheering for the same team as Jack Nicholson.
NBA -- Spurs-Hornets isn't so much a series than a succession of home-court blowouts with the sheen of import.
NBA - The <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=Aopk6eu2c55qjxPu4PI7qM68vLYF?gid=2008051308&prov=ap" title="Yahoo Sports" target="_blank">Detroit Pistons dispatched the Orlando Magic</a> from the NBA Playoffs last night with a 91-86 win.
NBA -- The mother of the San Antonio Coyote was obviously a single mother, as the stress of of raising her flopping spawn has ravaged her with age and disappointment and a bad weave.
NBA -- The forces of bland consistency won't go down without a technically well-executed fight.
NBA -- The Spurs find themselves down 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2001 as the Hornets blew past them in the second half of Game 2, a quick 10-0 run helping to expand a 1-point halftime deficit to a <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/nba/viewcast/2008/05/05/index.html?contestId=23507&vendorId=2008050503&vendorVisitTeam=24&vendorHomeTeam=3&pageType=recap&eref=T1" target="_blank">102-84 win</a>.
Last night the <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=280429003" target="_blank">Hornets</a> and <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=280429024" target="_blank">Spurs</a> both closed out their first-round playoff series with Game 5 wins against the Mavericks and Suns, respectively.
The Houston Rockets won their 18th straight game as <a href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/5604595.html" title="Yahoo! Sports" target="_blank">they defeated the New Orleans Hornets 106-96</a> behind 41 points from Tracy McGrady.
The New Orleans Hornets traveled to lovely New Jersey for a matchup of the two best all-around point guards in the game, and Chris Paul and Jason Kidd didn't disappoint.
The Hornets have finally returned to New Orleans full-time this season, and they're playing like a team that's grateful to never have to spend a night in Oklahoma.