Best Storylines to Follow in the NBA Conference Semifinals

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  • John Wall, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, NBA playoffs
  • Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, NBA playoffs
  • Los Angeles Clippers, Doc Rivers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers
  • Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets
  • LeBron James Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets
  • Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers
  • San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

Roy Hibbert’s Ability to Play Up to All-Star Standards

The top-seed Pacers survived a scare and avoided an embarrassing early playoff elimination at the hands of the (8) Atlanta Hawks during first-round action. However, there are still plenty of concerns for Indiana, perhaps none greater than the status of Roy Hibbert. The Pacers’ 7-foot-2, 290-pound center averaged a dismal 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the quarterfinal series, logging in only 22 minutes per game, which was down from the 30 he played during the regular season. Will Hibbert be able to play up to his All-Star selection from earlier this year and be the rim protector that the Pacers sorely need against an aggressive Wizards’ team? He'd better. (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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