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Thumbnail image for Welcome back, Thad. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)If you'll kindly take a look at the "Team Record" box at the top of the middle column, you'll notice that the record has been reset to 0-0. We're now about 48 hours away from Game 1, and it's time to stop worrying about the first 41 wins and start concentrating on the next 4. 

It's been an unbelievably crazy day at work, but that's all over in about an hour. I plan to head home, have dinner and then this blog will be a flurry of activity until the game starts. Check back early and often, I have plenty to say about the individual matchups, coaching strategies, hubris, over-inflated egos, ESPN talking heads, history, the future and the hidden value of these games.

In short, expect at least 10 posts in the next 2 days as we get ramped up for this first-round series. The hair on my arms is already standing up, I absolutely love the playoffs, and I can't wait to hear what's on your minds in the comments.

The Sixers face some very, very long odds, but when it comes right down to it, all the pressure is on the Magic and the Sixers have been very, very good when they're playing the underdog all season long. Buckle up.