By Sekou Smith, NBA.com
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The first round of the NBA playoff could not possibly be topped by the conference semifinals, not after all of the fantastic and dramatic action we witnessed the past two weeks.
Well, a man can dream can’t he?
Game 1 — Wizards @ Pacers
24 – If this was a track meet, the Pacers shouldn’t even take their sweats off …
23 – Pacers starting this one the way they played most of the first six games against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round … and then cranked it up, temporarily, like it was Game 7 …
So 12 minutes for IND to score its first 15 points, 3 1/2 minutes to score its next 16.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 05, 2014
22 – Tired? Haha. Never!
21 – It’s a fair question at this point. Do the Pacers look like the title contenders we thought they were at 33-8?
20 – Deep down, I’d have loved to rock that wicked get up Serge Ibaka wore into the arena tonight, hat and all, to my 8th grade dance. Oh and Russ Westbrook is on his own, too …
19 – Just Say No to some photo shoots!
18 – It’s not just me raving about the Wizards’ young backcourt duo. Even Hall of Famer Gary “Mr. The Game Is Too Soft These Days” Payton had to give it up to the youngsters …
Wall & Beal too tough—
Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) May 06, 2014
17 – What he said …
Pacers setting new standard for Bad Body Language. Has there ever been a No. 1 seed more likely to be blown up at season's end?—
Jack McCallum (@McCallum12) May 06, 2014
16 – Some things you know are just wrong and cruel and aw, forget it!
Roy Hibbert 0 PT 0-2 FG 0-0 FT 0-0 3P 0/0 RB 1 AS 2 BL 0 ST 2 TO 5 PF 17 MN (Final, Wizards)—
3030 (@jose3030) May 06, 2014
15 – Hawks guard Jeff Teague said it best …
We handed out the blue print—
Jeff Teague (@Teague0) May 06, 2014
14 – It’s like the Rude Boys and the late great Gerald Levert said back in the day, for the Pacers it’s “Written all over your face!”
13 — Welcome to the club Randy Wittman. The Wizards coach joins Pat Riley (first 5 with the 1982 Lakers) and Mike Dunleavy (first 4 with the 1991 Lakers) as the only coaches to win their first four road playoff games. Not bad for a guy who has been on the hot seat in Washington forever.
Wizards snatch home court, for the second straight series, just like that!
Game 2 Clippers @ Thunder
12 – Chris Paul silences his haters early with 17 points in the first quarter and a 5-for-5 effort from deep … en fuego!!!!!!!!
11 – Straight from the Silver Linings Playbook …
No one has punched Steven Adams in the face yet.—
Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) May 06, 2014
10 – I realize this is a totally inappropriate time and place to bring this up, but can they not find a sleeve for Blake Griffin’s monstrous right elbow? Padded. Because it could easily be used as a weapon if he was the sort of cat who didn’t mind skirting the edge of fair play during a game. #justasking
Yo Blake griffin's elbow look like it's about to give birth to another elbow—
Nathan. (@fvckitsnathan) May 06, 2014
9 – Clippers running a clinic on the Thunder early. One team with a Game 7 hangover … and it’s not the crew that had to board a plane to get to this game …
It's one thing when CP3 is draining contested threes. It's another when you're fouling jump-shooters & letting Collison stroll to the hoop.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 06, 2014
8 – Thunder raising the white flag early with Kevin Durant guarding Chris Paul 30-feet away from the basket. Seriously, this is not a recipe for success Scott Brooks! Meanwhile, comedian Kevin Hart has already tapped out the Inside Crew with this one …
7 – Clippers’ flow on the road is on another level tonight. You need the right quarterback to do this on the road …
Actually, CP3 tonight reminds me of Peyton Manning at his best. Breaking down the defense to take whatever he wants from it—
J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 06, 2014
CP3 is reminding folks he's the best PG since Isiah and Magic…not one forced shot—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 06, 2014
6 – Still no news on that Knicks coaching search …
For what it's worth, TNT announcer Steve Kerr said at half that nothing was completed for Knicks coaching job & he was still looking at it.—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 06, 2014
5 – CP3 is in silly mode now. A ridiculous 8-for-8 from deep as the Clippers keep piling on the Thunder. He’s going to miss at some point, just maybe not tonight …
Chris Paul is snowman-for-snowman from downtown.—
Zach Harper (@talkhoops) May 06, 2014
The night CP3 put the 3 in CP3.—
Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) May 06, 2014
Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) May 06, 2014
4 – How are you going to see the comeback if you head for the exits before the game actually ends?
After three, the Clippers lead the Thunder, 104-78…and fans are now headed for the exits.—
Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) May 06, 2014
3 – The Chris Paul Show ended a bit early, but he was every bit as good as it looked. Thurman Thomas on Tecmo Bowl good!
2 – The Clippers indeed started this season as one of the deepest teams in the league on paper, Metta. But the Knicks? C’mon man ,,,
Clippers are the deepest team on paper outside the knicks at the beginning of the season.—
Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) May 06, 2014
1 – Clippers dish out the worst home loss the Thunder have suffered since moving to Oklahoma City from Seattle. Ouch! Masterful effort from CP3 (32, 8-for-9 from deep, and eight assists) and others. Spectacular work from Doc Rivers. A Hall of Famer says so …