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Game 7 drama for NBA playoffs

The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs have been unpredictable and exciting. So it's fitting that five of the eight opening series will come down to the ultimate sports drama this weekend: a win-or-go-home Game 7. On Saturday, the Pacers, Thunder and Clippers all advanced to the conference semifinals. Still ahead on Sunday: the Spurs will both be looking to stave off an unexpected early exit at the hands of the Mavericks, whle fhe Nets and Raptors play for the right to face the Heat in the next round.

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West's top seeds in early trouble

While the East's No. 1 team continues its late-season slide, things aren't looking rosy for the West's best, either. A night after the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks thumped the No. 1 San Antonio Spurs in Game 2, the second-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzlies to fall behind 2-1. Could either actually be upset?

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  • Should Scott Brooks be on the hot seat if the Thunder lose to the Grizzlies?

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The Spurs' four best players now live on the head of a man from Texas. A customer at KardzMatic Barbershop in San Antonio got lifelike representations of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili shaved into his head, and the result is incredibly impressive, if a little unsettling. Memo to those fans who get championship tattoos before their team actually wins a championship -- this might be a better way of going about it.


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Your NBA playoff predictions?

The NBA playoffs are underway, and they're even more competitive than expected. Which teams will go on to win their first-round series? Cast your votes below!

More: Rank the playoff teams!

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    Discuss (Total votes: 24,610)

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Just 16 teams remain in the chase for the 2013-14 NBA championship. How do they stack up against one another? Are the San Antonio Spurs (a league-high 62 wins) the best? Or do you rate another squad higher? Click on the logos below to set your list!

More: Your NBA playoff predictions?

2013-14 NBA Playoff Teams

Bobcats

Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats
No. 7 in East

Bulls

Bulls

Chicago Bulls
No. 4 in East

Clippers

Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
No. 3 in West

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies
No. 7 in West

Hawks

Hawks

Atlanta Hawks
No. 8 in East

Heat

Heat

Miami Heat
No. 2 in East

Mavericks

Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks
No. 8 in West

Nets

Nets

Brooklyn Nets
No. 6 in East

Pacers

Pacers

Indiana Pacers
No. 1 in East

Raptors

Raptors

Toronto Raptors
No. 3 in East

Rockets

Rockets

Houston Rockets
No. 4 in West

Spurs

Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 in West

Thunder

Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder
No. 2 in West

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers
No. 5 in West

Warriors

Warriors

Golden State Warriors
No. 6 in West

Wizards

Wizards

Washington Wizards
No. 5 in East

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