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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.
NBA mulls expanding replay
The Pacers wouldn't necessarily have won on Thursday night if Jeff Teague's 3-pointer had been disallowed due to his stepping out of bounds, but it certainly couldn't have hurt. Referees were unable to overturn their original call, however, as the play's not on the list of what can be overturned under review. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that call, and one in which a foul on Chris Paul was missed, might end up being reviewable if and when the NBA expands its replay rules.
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Eastern Conference playoff races
The Eastern Conference is, uh, not so great this season. So it's only appropriate that the two biggest races -- for the first and last playoff spots -- don't exactly feature scintillating play. This all came into focus Sunday, when the first-place Miami Heat beat, but not terribly convincingly, the struggling, ninth-place New York Knicks. Not to be outdone, the Indiana Pacers were outscored 55-23 in the first half ... at home ... in a 107-88 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks. Yikes. What's your take on the East going forward?