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Open Thread: Playoff Game 1


The Essentials:
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 1
12:30 p.m. (that's 7:30 p.m. if you're in Israel)

The Link Above All Links: Soulja Boy is coming! Soulja Boy is coming!

Other Key Links (drop any others in the comments)
Open Thread: Round 1
LeBron claims he never said anything personal about DeShawn
Arenas won't be starting Game 1
Playing with a vengeance
Mike Jones (who!) says bring on the Cavs
Tom Knott defends DeShawn's calling out of LeBron
TruthAboutIt: Will Keeping it Real Go Wrong?
Wizznuttz' Battle of the Bands Preview
Waiting For Next Year Open Thread
LeCavs Series Preiew
Welcome to the Now Preview
Top 10 ways to foul LeBron

Today's Lines:
Wizards at Cavaliers: Cavs by 2.5
Over/Under on Total Scoring: 194

I'm going to avoid the lengthy preview for Game 1 because I think by now we've gotten a firm grasp of what we're up against. In lieu of that, I'm going to take this time to get some site news out of the way. As you know, Pradamaster is in Israel and while I sure can't make up for his insight, there's a couple of things that we're doing to try and keep things on the up and up here. First, TruthAboutIt has graciously offered to do all the live blogs as well as some bonus posts while Prada is out, which helps out immensely. You know from his live blogs how good he is, so that will be a great help this week. Also, in an unprecedented move, I'm going to try and take notes during the game in the hope that I can step up my recapping ability.

Finally, don't forget about the new commenting interface here, which very may well be the greatest thing ever. No more hitting refresh! Make sure to check it out during the game today.

This is an open thread, so jock on them haterz man.