By Gordon Robinson
1. Chris Paul vs. Tony Parker – It will be a pleasure to watch these two legendary point guards go head to head in an effort to win a championship. The one who can get his teammates involved the most and keep the other on his heels will likely take the series. In four regular season meetings both teams (Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs) have two victories each.
2. James Harden vs. Monta Ellis – Simply put this match-up will be a good ole fashioned Texas shoot out. In the four regular season games against each other, Harden has averaged 24.2 points per game and Ellis has averaged 20.25 points. While the Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks in three of those match ups, those games don’t mean a thing in the postseason.
3. John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry – This is a tale of two point guards who want to take it to the next level and it will all start with this postseason meeting. Lowry has already stated that he will be disappointed with a first round exit, so it should be expected that the Toronto Raptors come out on a mission. John Wall has to lead the Washington Wizards to postseason victories if he wants to be looked at as one of the top point guards in the NBA today.
4. Blake Griffin vs. Tim Duncan – This match-up is all about talent against fundamentals. Tim Duncan is a certified Hall of Famer and has five rings with the San Antonio Spurs. Blake Griffin has to impose his will on the game if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to take down the NBA Champs of last season.
5. Damian Lillard vs. Mike Conley – Damian Lillard is one of the NBA’s rising stars and has shown that he knows how to take a game over to get the victory. Mike Conley is probably one of the league’s most underrated point guards. With these two going at each other, the Portland Trail Blazers against the Memphis Grizzlies should be one of the best first round series that we will witness.