Top 8 Storylines Heading into Sunday’s 1st-Round 2015 NBA Playoff Matchups

April 18th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
The power of the NBA playoffs is overwhelming.

It cements legacies. It defines reputations. It separates good teams from great ones and scripts some of the finest stories in the game's history books.

It won't do all of those things when eight teams begin their postseason journey on Sunday. But it will provide an early glimpse into the most intriguing storylines surrounding these squads and these matchups.

And plenty of notable narratives are at play.

How will the first-time playoff participants handle the pressure this stage creates? How are two of the league's top teams already waging war? Are the Atlanta Hawks ready for their new life as the Eastern Conference's hunted?

Those are just a few of the questions that will be answered over the coming weeks. And we've compiled the most important ones here and laid them out by level of significance. Star power, championship implications and historical angles all helped bring the biggest storylines to light.

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