In an embarrassing blow to its perception from an increasingly skeptical public, the Nigerian military Thursday retracted a report that nearly all the 129 school girls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants had been released.
With the 2014 NBA playoffs on the horizon, SI.com's NBA experts offer up their postseason predictions, including which team will win the title and a series-by-series breakdown of who they like to win. Below you'll find out writers' finished NBA playoff brackets. Check out Page 2 for their written explanations.
Sixteen teams still have a shot at the NBA title, although all of those shots aren't created equal. Unlike the upset-prone sprint of the one-and-done NCAA tournament, the NBA playoffs are a marathon of seven-game series that rarely produce massive surprises, with top seeds losing in the first round only 8 percent of the time.