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It's all to play for as the NBA playoffs begin.
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NBA's playoffs tip off this weekend with superstar LeBron James seeking to secure a second straight championships with the Miami Heat.
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The Heat have been in ominous form this season, with a campaign that includes 66 wins and a mammoth 27-game winning streak – the second-longest in league history.
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Many are already predicting a championship series repeat of last year's finals, between the Heat and Western Conference top seeds Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki/AP
Eastern Conference top seeds Heat will begin their playoff push by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of their best-of-seven first-round series.
Matt York/AP
Oklahoma City Thunder captured their third straight division crown and will meet a familiar face in James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
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Fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets are back in the playoffs and will host the Chicago Bulls, who have played the entire year without former MVP Derrick Rose, who tore a knee ligament in the Bull’s playoff opener last year.
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The New York Knicks head into these playoffs with much higher expectations, with Carmelo Anthony guiding the Knicks to a second seed and their first Atlantic Division crown in 19 years. 
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New York are aiming to avenge a 2011 four-game series sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics when the division rivals face off.
Mark J. Terrill/AP
San Antonio Spurs square off this weekend against the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers who are without superstar Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season.
LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS
Bryant's was just one of many injuries the Lakers battled all season, but they won eight of their last nine games - beating Houston in their season finale to grab the West's seventh seed from the Rockets.
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The Heat have been in ominous form this season, with a campaign that includes 66 wins and a mammoth 27-game winning streak – the second-longest in league history.

Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:28:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0cWv7Ck8QscXKMike EhrmannGetty ImagesGetty Images

The Heat have been in ominous form this season, with a campaign that includes 66 wins and a mammoth 27-game winning streak – the second-longest in league history.

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LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and Rhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0ctZ78D1vN6lpMany are already predicting a championship series repeat of last year's finals, between the Heat and Western Conference top seeds Oklahoma City.Fri, 22 Jun 2012 05:05:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0ctZ78D1vN6lpDON EMMERTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty ImagesMany are already predicting a championship series repeat of last year's finals, between the Heat and Western Conference top seeds Oklahoma City.LeBron James (L) of the Miami Heat and RJohn Henson, Daniel Orton, Jeremy Lambhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0c3878E0bgbLmEastern Conference top seeds Heat will begin their playoff push by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of their best-of-seven first-round series.Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:28:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0c3878E0bgbLmSue OgrockiAPAP PhotoEastern Conference top seeds Heat will begin their playoff push by hosting the Milwaukee Bucks in game one of their best-of-seven first-round series.John Henson, Daniel Orton, Jeremy LambJames Harden, Wesley Johnsonhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0dVbaHVavG03zOklahoma City Thunder captured their third straight division crown and will meet a familiar face in James Harden and the Houston Rockets.Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0dVbaHVavG03zMatt YorkAPAP PhotoOklahoma City Thunder captured their third straight division crown and will meet a familiar face in James Harden and the Houston Rockets.James Harden, Wesley JohnsonBKN - PISTONS - NETShttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=07u28S840QcgbFourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets are back in the playoffs and will host the Chicago Bulls, who have played the entire year without former MVP Derrick Rose, who tore a knee ligament in the Bull’s playoff opener last year.Thu, 18 Apr 2013 02:09:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=07u28S840QcgbTIMOTHY A. CLARYAFP/Getty ImagesGetty ImagesFourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets are back in the playoffs and will host the Chicago Bulls, who have played the entire year without former MVP Derrick Rose, who tore a knee ligament in the Bull’s playoff opener last year.BKN - PISTONS - NETSNew York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New Yorkhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0h1h2mHfaFbrkThe New York Knicks head into these playoffs with much higher expectations, with Carmelo Anthony guiding the Knicks to a second seed and their first Atlantic Division crown in 19 years. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:25:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0h1h2mHfaFbrkADAM HUNGERREUTERSReuters PicturesThe New York Knicks head into these playoffs with much higher expectations, with Carmelo Anthony guiding the Knicks to a second seed and their first Atlantic Division crown in 19 years. New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New YorkHeat's Wade looks in as Celtics' Williams passes away from Heat's Lewis during NBA game in Miamihttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0g0maFafrzdVzNew York are aiming to avenge a 2011 four-game series sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics when the division rivals face off.Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=0g0maFafrzdVzAndrew InnerarityREUTERSReuters PicturesNew York are aiming to avenge a 2011 four-game series sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics when the division rivals face off.Heat's Wade looks in as Celtics' Williams passes away from Heat's Lewis during NBA game in MiamiKobe Bryanthttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=05RP5GI4UMbS0San Antonio Spurs square off this weekend against the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers who are without superstar Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season.Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:47:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=05RP5GI4UMbS0Mark J. TerrillAPAP PhotoSan Antonio Spurs square off this weekend against the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers who are without superstar Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season.Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard goes up to shoot under pressure from Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeleshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=09Ju8P13bJfydBryant's was just one of many injuries the Lakers battled all season, but they won eight of their last nine games - beating Houston in their season finale to grab the West's seventh seed from the Rockets.Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:10:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-NBA-playoffs-preview?image_id=09Ju8P13bJfydLUCY NICHOLSONREUTERSReuters PicturesBryant's was just one of many injuries the Lakers battled all season, but they won eight of their last nine games - beating Houston in their season finale to grab the West's seventh seed from the Rockets.Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard goes up to shoot under pressure from Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles


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