Apr 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors fans in Maple Leaf Square outside of the Air Canada Centre prior to game two against the Brooklyn Nets during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Beauty of the First Round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Have you been watching the 2014 NBA Playoffs?

If you’re like me, with your favorite team not in the playoffs, you don’t watch. And, I won’t lie, the only reason I’m watching is because I’m not only a blogger here, but at an NBA general site — Sir Charles In Charge. So, I’ve been watching the games for the most poart.

But, let me tell you if you have not been watching…this first round has been legit and insane.

Listen, I’m not going to address the off the court non-sense with Donald Sterling. It needs to be addressed but not now, not here. But, it’s very important that it’s taken care of very soon. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying this is not important. There’s just a different time that should be handled.

Here, we’re gonna put this first round in the spotlight. It’s been a crazy ride.

It started off crazy with record breaking first game wins. The road team…the lower seeds…have stolen at least one game in almost all of the series. I’ve been watching each game, and I can’t give you a definite winner of any of the series except for the Heat-Bobcats one. Even that series has been competitive.

So many close games. So many OT’s. Crazy shots. THIS…is what NBA playoff basketball is about.

Did I mention it’s only the first round?

I mean, usually the first round is reserved for “let’s get the ‘bad’ teams out of the way before the real action”. In the West, you sort of saw that coming. But, even in the East, things have been wild. I love it. Freakin’ love it. The only downside is that my Sixers are not in it. One day. Soon.

In any event, I really hope it gets better as we go. 8th and 7th seeds are putting up major fights, and, in a technical sense, they are the worst teams here. What happens in the next round, where the battles and stakes become bigger? I’m telling you, you have to watch these games. If you are a fan of the sport, you need to be watching these games. Find a way.

Do I have a favorite series? Probably the Blazers and Rockets. Those games have been tight each time around. But, each game I am entertained, and that’s the goal of these games as a fan. Enjoy it all.

Like I said, let’s try to not let the Sterling news stop us from enjoying the positives that we have going on here. These playoffs could be classic 10 years from now. Maybe not. It’s definitely been a better first round than in recent memory.

Can’t wait for the next game.

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