NBA Playoffs: Power ranking all 16 teams

JJ Redick scored 28 points and Marco Belinelli added 25, while rookie Ben Simmons nearly grabbed a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Where the hell did the Minnesota Timberwolves come from? There are dozens of questions waiting to be answered.

The matchup: Toronto has been a consistent playoff contender for years now, but a second half decline by the Celtics and Cleveland's struggles have allowed them to seize control of the top spot in the eastern conference. The Raptors since they destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the season has been the Eastern Conference's best team.

The matchup: If you've been following the Thunder at all this season, you know how insane it's been. This season came with just as many surprises as it did disappointments. The Celtics are LUCKY - LUCKY mind you to have the #2 seed because of how the season has gone.

No. 1: Can LeBron get back to the finals? But they are very very thin on the bench.

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After the long NBA season, we are finally here, the NBA Playoffs. All but one of the remaining titles went to teams seeded second or third going into the postseason - and even several of those were clearly the best team (see: the 2012 Miami Heat with their Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh; the 2001 and 2002 Los Angeles Lakers featuring Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal; the 1993 Chicago Bulls claiming their third straight title led by Michael Jordan).

What other first-round matchup are you looking forward to? The 76ers are going into the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak.

As for Melas' selection, well, he has one heck of a reason for going with a Rockets-Clippers game from January that was decided by 11 points. The Cavaliers are only a No. 4 seed after enduring a season of dysfunction, but the King is ready to take this team on his back. The NBA's grueling seven-game series nearly always favor the higher seed who also have the benefit of home-court advantage. Also rounding out the conference are likely Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers, who shocked everyone by locking up the fifth seed despite trading away Paul George this summer. Granted LBJ has righted the ship more often than not, but it's the Pacers. Houston swept all four meetings with Minnesota this season. Which is probably what will happen. Stephen Curry is expected to miss the first round due to injury, but Kawhi Leonard is still out after much speculation surrounding his health all season for the San Antonio Spurs. Malcolm Brodgon is back from injury and Jabari Parker is starting to show flashes of why he was drafted so high. All the big teams have questions surrounding them and the rest have pieces that could cause an upset. Assuming they get past Minnesota, the Rockets could be derailed in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, a perplexing squad that has pretty much spent all season trying to figure out how to mesh the huge talents of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. There will not be a shortage of points in this series. But can the Blazers match up with Pelicans center Anthony Davis? No Boogie should mean no series victory. He's averaged 29.8 Points Per Game since the All-Star Break when he's had to carry a heavier load following Demarcus Cousins' Achilles injury.

What's the Best First Round Series?

. They're unstoppable. As the great Marv Albert would say "They're sensational!" You could argue last year's squad with Gordon Hayward was, but don't you want to jump on the 'wagon with Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert (owner of a top-3 National Basketball Association nickname, the Stifle Tower), Ricky Rubio and his beard, playoff hero Joe Ingles ... maybe they should be higher on the list? The teams split their four-game regular-season series. Leave some comments and let's start the chatter!

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