Lebron James is fighting against claims that he quit on his Cleveland Cavalier team last year against the Celtics, and Dwayne Wade is fighting to prove he is not one hit wonder.
Things are also heating up in the West with the number one seeds being miraculously knocked out in the first round. The Memphis Grizzles overcame great adversity to send the San Antonio Spurs on early vocation.
The Lakers didn't have it all their way in the first round, but were definitely able to hit the basket when it was required.
There are so many dream scenarios that have fans licking their lips across the world. Could the battle of the West involve the Lakers and Oklahoma. Westbrook and Durant, with their young agile flair and athleticism, battling against the old powers of Bryant and Gasol.
Its rare that two great generations of players overlap, so to have it potentially in the East and the West before the NBA finals is amazing. The old boys club that is also known as the Boston Celtics, versus the big three of the Miami Heat, whatever happens it will be remembered as one of the most interesting match ups in history, and equally so in the West if the Lakers do in fact get to face the Thunder.
Whatever does unfold, sit back and enjoy what will be remembered as one of the great playoff races in the history of the National Basketball Association.