With the conclusion of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs, half the field is gone and just eight championship hopefuls remain. Four of them take the court Sunday afternoon as a pair of second round series tip off in different parts of the country.
Getting the action going early, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies start Game 1 at 1 p.m. ET from Chesapeake Energy Arena. A few hours later, the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks begin their season at Madison Square Garden in a classic rematch of 1990's postseason rivals.
For the Thunder, Sunday should be a particularly big day as the streaking Grizzlies visit. Coming off four consecutive wins to dispose of the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis looks the part of a legitimate threat to OKC's place as Western Conference champions.
While Oklahoma City has been dominant at home this season, losing just eight times there including the postseason, the Grizzlies handled a pivotal Game 5 at Staples Center in the first round without issue. If Memphis can take one of the first two games of the series in OKC, the pressure could be on Durant and company.
In New York, all eyes will be on the Knicks and how they respond after coming awfully close to letting a 3-0 series lead get away against Boston. The Pacers are much different animal than the Celtics were, armed with size and athleticism Boston simply didn't have, and it'll be interesting to see how Mike Woodson adjusts his offensive attack.
|Grizzlies at Thunder
|Pacers at Knicks