Best individual matchups of round 1 of the NBA playoffs

NBA Playoffs: The best individual matchups in round 1

4/19/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

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What is the best individual matchup of the first round?
Blake Griffin vs. Zach Randolph
Tim Duncan vs. Dwight Howard
Carmelo Anthony vs. Paul Pierce
Monta Ellis vs. Dwyane Wade
James Harden vs. Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook
Ty Lawson vs. Stephen Curry
Monta Ellis vs. Dwyane Wade:  Let's be honest, this series probably won't go down to the wire.  For Milwaukee winning a game, or possibly even two, would be a huge accomplishment.  And they certainly have the ability to win a game if they can find a way to score against Miami's suffocating defense. Monta Ellis is their best option to make that happen.  

It will be Dwyane Wade's responsibility to ensure that the Bucks leading scorer doesn't give Milwaukee fans even a glimmer of hope.  This season, in three games against Miami, Ellis has struggled big time.  He's scored a total of 30 points in those three games a shot a dismal 28.8% from the field.  But Ellis has tons of talent and he's the one guy on the Bucks that has the potential to make this an interesting series.

Houston's wing players vs. Oklahoma City's wing players:  I know this is a little bit of a cop out because it's not Nov 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) looks to pass on Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 120-98. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sportsactually an individual matchup.  You'll have to forgive me for that.  But with the way that these teams are dominated by their perimeter players, this matchup is going to be fast-paced and exciting to watch.  The Rockets wings, including Jeremy Lin, James Harden, and Chandler Parsons, average a combined 53 points a game and the Thunder's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Martin average 65 a night.  Neither team runs many plays for their big men so the winner of this aspect of the matchup will certainly have the upper hand.  

But the real draw is Harden going against his former team.  Will he channel the power of the beard and show his former team what their missing out on?  Or will Scott Brooks and the Thunder clamp down on Harden and force Lin and company to beat them?  

Ty Lawson vs. Stephen Curry: My heart rate is speeding up just thinking about this one.  Both point guards are going to have their teams sprinting up and down the court yet the two have very different and equally entertaining styles.  The Nuggets attack the rim, scoring more points in the paint than any other team in the NBA and the Warriors love to launch transition jumpers.  This series is sure to be high scoring and both point guards can get hot and rack up 10 points in the blink of an eye.  

So which of these matchups are you looking forward to watching most?
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4/19/13   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

(Edited by GeorgeMon)

There are so many great individual matchups to watch, I can't wait. Pierce versus Carmelo could be great if PP has the legs to go for one more great playoff performance. I think Griffin vs Zo Bo will be the best matchup in my opinion. Either way, if there's one thing I love, it's playoff basketball!!