by Marcel Mutoni

The second round of the Playoffs kicks off this weekend, but first, a trio of Game 6’s to (potentially) close out the postseason’s opening round this evening.

Rockets at Jazz: Utah is coming off a humiliating Game Five loss, and with a well-rested Laker team waiting in the wings, they’ll be looking to close out the series tonight.

(If Houston loses, can we be spared – just this once – of the gut-wrenching T-Mac press conference? Please?!)

Cavs @ Wizards
: Washington hopes to force a Game Seven tonight, and being at home, they have a decent shot. We all know that LeBron is going to be a monster; the key will be whether or not Caron Butler can play as well as he did in Game Five. With Gilbert in street clothes, the pressure to deliver is definitely on Tuff Juice.

Celtics @ Hawks: Over the course of the last 96 hours or so, more people have cared about the fate of the Atlanta Hawks than at any other time over the last decade. Not to worry, things will be back to normal soon enough.

‘Nique, who you might recall predicted this series wouldn’t be a cakewalk for the C’s, has the keys to Atlanta forcing a seventh and decisive game. I can only guess that the “Break KG’s fibula” bullet point was left on the cutting room floor.