There Are Playoffs Everywhere! [NBA Playoffs Early Live Thread]
This is one of the best times of the year, sports-wise. Baseball has started, the NFL Draft is next weekend, the NHL playoffs started earlier this week, and now the NBA playoffs are starting as well.
The early games start with the Celtics hosting the Bulls at 12:30, on ESPN. The Celtics will be without injured superstar Kevin Garnett, but they're still the favorites against the 7th-seeded Bulls. The Celtics won the season series 2-1, but the loss came in the one game that they played without KG, and it was also the most recent meeting, as it game only a month ago on St. Patrick's Day. Most people are still picking the C's to win the series, but it would be a much easier prospect with Garnett in the lineup.
The next game is the Pistons and Cavaliers, at 3:00 on ABC. LeBron James and the #1 seed Cavaliers finished 39-2 at home, and I doubt the Pistons will be able to sneak in a win in Cleveland. That's where the first two games will be, so the Pistons will really have to take care of business at home, and grab at least one road win if they want to have a chance at all.
If you're watching the games, chat it up here. We'll have another thread for the later games, but here's your place, for now. Enjoy the games!