Who would have ever thought that a 30-year old Canadian, with a Phys. Ed. degree from Presbyterian College in Montreal, would one day immigrate to Springfield, Massachusetts, and in order to occupy his unruly students during the long New England winter months end up inventing the game of basketball?

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What happens when a league allows over half its teams to enter post season play in a best-of-seven, 4-round playoff format? Answer: a sheer bonanza of NBA playoff games on cable TV – last season, over 60 games on TNT and ESPN (nearly three-quarters of all games.)

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You would think that after a long, grueling slog through 1,200+ regular season basketball games, the NBA would cut to the chase and schedule a few playoff games in order to crown a championship team.

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