PHOENIX — For the past eight seasons, Steve Nash has been the face of the Phoenix Suns franchise, and to borrow a phrase from Lon Babby, its sun, moon and stars as well. But now for the first...

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Four more games today as the first round of the NBA Playoffs rolls into day two. Kevin Durant supplied the thrills last night with his game-winner as the Thunder took down the Mavericks in game 1, but the day was marred by season-ending injuries to Bulls' Derrick Rose and Knicks' Iman Shumpert. With Rose out, it appears the Heat won't face much serious resistance in returning to the NBA Finals.

Today's games:

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Who will win the Western Conference in the 2012 NBA Playoffs?

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Well, Suns fans, it's another two months until the NBA Draft, which will be followed by the Summer of Steve, and by August we'll have many of our questions about the future of this team answered.

In the meantime, we'll see if this year's post-season can replicate the excitement of last year's when the Spurs were upset in the first round, the Lakers in the second, and the Mavericks got hot at just the right time to send LeBron James home without a ring yet again.

Today's matchups feature the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls, Heat and Pacers. The nightcap will be the West's top team Oklahoma City Thunder hosting the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. Not a bad way to start things off.

2012 NBA Playoff Team Previews

You're gonna wanna go ahead and click that link right there. It contains all of the team previews from around SB Nation.

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Who will win the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA Playoffs?

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns’ 2011-12 season will be remembered for a frustrating start, a team meeting following the All-Star break and a hopeful push for the playoffs that came to a...

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PHOENIX — Approximately 12 hours after the Phoenix Suns had wrapped up their season with a game that will be remembered more as a celebration of Steve Nash than as a loss to the San Antonio...

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