Day 12 of the NBA 2k9 Playoffs

I've got to give the Bulls their props.  They go from having the #1 pick in last year's draft (Rookie of the Year) to taking the defending champions in the first round to three overtime games.  Three?  That's right, new NBA record.  Much respect to DRose, Ben Gordon, and crew. 

Yes, it's official.  As if the series didn't have enough drama, Dwight Howard is suspended for the next game against the 76ers for his flagrant foul against Samuel Dalembert.  Might make things a little tough for the Magic to finish off the series.  Look for a Game 7. 

As for the Spurs and Mavs, looks like Dallas is moving on to the second round for the first time since 2006.  And who beat them back in 07 in the first round you ask?  ...I don't even want to think about it. What's more interesting (and subsequently less depressing) is that the Spurs exit in the first round was the first time since 2000.  Guess they really know how to build a strong team...

Don't look now, but the Rockets lost last night leaving them with a 3-2 lead in the series.  Just when we thought they might make it to the 2nd round...

Jump for some quick thoughts about today's games.

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#5 Miami Heat at #4 Atlanta Hawks, 5 PM on TNT

Zaza Pachulia is his name.  Playing intensely in the playoffs is his game.  Remember him last year?  He single-handedly stopped KG throughout their 7 game series.  In the last game alone, Zaza pulled down 12 points and 18 boards.  Sure, D-Wade's going to bring the heat (pun intended) but it's all about Zaza if the Hawks want to gain the lead tonight...

Blog Battle: Peachtree Hoops (Hawks) vs Peninsula Is Mightier (Heat)

#7 New Orleans Hornets at #2 Denver Nuggets, 7:30 PM on TNT

How do you possibly lose in the playoffs by 58 points?  They say don't give and keep fighting, but after that HUMILIATING loss, the Hornets stand no chance.  Like the Sopranos, this series is about to be over.  Find a new one to watch. 

Blog Battle: Pickaxe and Roll (Nuggets) vs At the Hive (Hornets)

Post your Day 12 predictions and any ongoing game thoughts you have in the comments.

Heat at Hawks:

Hornets at Nuggets:

Heat at Hawks: Hawks

Hornets at Nuggets: Nuggets

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