Here’s a recap of Round 1 of the 2014 NBA playoffs, By Tim McGarry, a social media editor at USA Today Sports
This weekend’s five game 7s capped off the best opening round in NBA playoff history. Not only were there defining moments courtesy of Vince Carter and Damian Lillard , but there were also consistently exciting match ups throughout the round.
On the whole, there were a lot of close, evenly matched series. Five of the eight first-round series went to a Game 7. The record for Game 7s in an entire postseason is eight.
There were 50 total games played in the first round. Since the NBA changed the playoff format to a best-of-seven series in 2003, there has never been more opening-round games. Prior to this postseason, first rounds since 2003 had an average of 43.9 games.
Close series weren’t limited to 4-5 match-ups, either. What made this opening round so great was the fact that there were so many high seeds who made some noise. The two eight…
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