Apr 26, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) goes up for a shot between Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller (40) and guard Kemba Walker (15) during the first half in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

A guide to Monday night's NBA playoff action

Another day, another intriguing slate of NBA playoff match-ups.

In the least appetizing game of the bunch, you’ll still get to watch the best player in the game (and maybe catch a glimpse a monster dunk while he stares down the best player of all-time sitting courtside), as well as to see if the Charlotte Bobcats can claw their way to a Game 5 while trying to eek out a victory on what is likely the last game to ever be played on the current floor. (EDIT: News just came down that Al Jefferson will indeed miss Game 4 tonight. Coach Steve Clifford notes that if this were the regular season, Big Al would miss two to three weeks of action.)

In two much more captivating tilts this evening, watch the Indiana Pacers return home to play a must-win Game 5 in a series that is improbably tied at 2-2, with Game 6 back in Atlanta looming. If Roy Hibbert remembers how to play basketball and Paul George rediscovers his ability to dribble, the Pacers should be just fine, although both of those items feel like a monumental task at this point.

The Mavericks are hosting Game 4 against the mighty San Antonio Spurs on the heels of the insane buzzer-beating corner three from Vince Carter on Saturday night. While the Spurs are likely to turn the tables and win the next two or three games en route to a series win, there remains a decent chance that the Mavs ride whatever sort of momentum they might believe exists after Carter’s crazy feat.

Looking across the league, the only playoff series that has entirely disappointed is the Heat-Bobcats pairing. While Bulls-Wizards is hard on the eyes, at least the underdog has taken a lead in the series. Grizzlies-Thunder and Clippers-Warriors were already compelling series for any number of reasons, but each of those match-ups are off to 2-2 starts, making the levels of intrigue that much higher.

Brooklyn-Toronto is also tied at two games apiece, and Houston trailing Portland three games to one is really the only semi-shocker. Houston returns home to try and force a Game 6 back in Portland, but they could be in trouble.

We’ll be back later tonight with some thoughts on the Donald Sterling/Clippers debacle. Enjoy tonight’s games!

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