For folks that view the NBA as gospel, 40 games in 40 nights means the playoffs will reign supreme on TV sets until the month of June. Beginning this Saturday, 16 teams will all battle for the NBA Championship trophy.
And let's take a look at the matchups, in the west, (1) Dallas finds (8) Golden State, the (4) Jazz and (5) Rockets square off. (3) San Antonio faces (6) Denver and the (2) Suns and (7) Lakers go at in a rematch of last year's first round matchup.
In the east, (1) Detroit takes the top seed and will host the (8) Magic, (3) Toronto and (6) New Jersey are in the 3-6 , spot, (2) Cleveland and Lebron take on the (7) Wizards and in the 4-5 matchup, (4) Miami takes on a (5) Chicago Bulls squad that has been saying all season long that they would love to meet the heat in the playoffs.
Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal said, "They feel for whatever reason that they can play us and play us well. Be careful what you wish for. They want us, here we come."