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NBA playoffs worth watching

May 1, 2008 - Neil Rudel

While there's no doubt the NBA regular season lacks the excitement of a college basketball game, the same can't be said for the playoffs.

The players' intensity is turned up 10 fold with the crowd excitement to match.

Some things that have unfolded during the NBA playoffs that are hard to believe:

*The Suns missing 17 free throws -- 11 by Shaquille O'Neal -- in succumbing to playoff elimination at the hands of the Spurs.

*Phoenix, seemingly on the verge of an NBA title last year, has suddenly unraveling following the arrival of Shaq and the apparent stage-left exit of coach Mike D'Antoni.

*Larry Brown being hired for a ninth NBA tenure, this time by the Charlotte Bobcats, a club that surely will bore him by the end of his first season.

*The Hawks squaring their series with Boston before getting blown out in Game 5 Wednesday night. Credit ATL coach Mike Woodson for finding some chinks in the Celtics' armor.

*Avery Johnson's firing. Talk about a candidate to land another quality job quickly.

*Washington, minus Agent Zero (Gilbert Arenas), going to Cleveland and stealing Game 5. If the Wizards can hold serve Friday night, they will impressively have forced a Game 7.




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