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Playoff preview: Ranking a first round full of intrigue

Updated: April 20, 2007, 2:10 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Eighteen games decided by two points or less to tie the record. Ten games that went to overtime to set the record. Four separate Game 7s to fall one short of the record.

You had Phoenix in the first round coming back from a 3-1 deficit. You had Miami in the NBA Finals climbing out of 0-2 hole.

You had a postseason in 2006 that, frankly, won't be very easy to follow in 2007. Best postseason of my adult life.

So I've naturally been fretting about this since last July, as a chronic ...

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