NBA Playoffs: Matchups That Will Define Conference Semifinals

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Apr 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) pumps his fist next to Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Nets won 88-87. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The first round is over. A moment of silence for the end of one of the greatest times in NBA history.

And we’re back.

The Eastern and Western Conference semifinals are set to commence on Monday with two games on the slate. Just eight teams remain in the pursuit of a championship, thus creating a mountain of pressure on the stars who need to shine brightest.

The question is, which individual matchups will decide each respective series?

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