NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Breaking Down Tuesday's Matchups

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Breaking Down Tuesday's Matchups
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The 2013 NBA playoffs have officially tipped off and we've already seen some theatrics, including the Denver Nuggets' nail-biter against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and the Oklahoma City Thunder's dismantling of the Houston Rockets on Sunday.

Tuesday's matchups offer some intriguing storylines, whether it be two longtime rivals battling it out or two high-scoring teams flying up and down the floor.

Here's a look at each playoff matchup on Tuesday, complete with the broadcast schedule.

Complete playoffs schedule can be found at NBA.com. All stats via ESPN.com and TeamRankings.com unless otherwise noted.

 


Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat

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Monta Ellis (pictured) and Brandon Jennings can only do so much for the Bucks.

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NBATV

 

It's hard to break down this game because it is just so depressing for the Bucks.

The Heat destroyed the visitors in Game 1, 110-87. That's even more depressing given Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis combined for 48 points. Milwaukee's No. 3 and No. 4 scorers this season—Ersan Ilyasova and J.J. Redick—combined to go 2-of-13 from the floor.

The Bucks rank 28th in field-goal percentage and 22nd in offensive efficiency this season. That's bad news for Milwaukee, considering the Heat rank sixth in opponents' field-goal percentage and ninth in defensive efficiency.

There's also, you know, the fact that the Heat shot 56 percent in Game 1. The Heat's Big Four—LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen—combined to go 25-of-43 from the field (58 percent).

The Bucks even got killed on the boards in Game 1, 46-31, despite the Heat ranking 23rd in rebounding rate this season.

 

 

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks

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Few teams have been able to stop Carmelo Anthony this season.

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: 8 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

 

While the Celtics were able to slow down the Knicks' offense in Game 1 (holding them to 41 percent shooting), their offense wasn't good enough to come out on top.

That's no surprise, considering the Celtics rank 24th in the NBA in offensive efficiency.

The losses of point guard Rajon Rondo and power forward Jared Sullinger really hurt the Celtics. Rondo not only averaged 11.1 assists this season, he averaged 13.7 points while shooting 48 percent from the floor. Sullinger shot 49 percent from the field while averaging 5.9 rebounds in under 20 minutes per game.

Also, when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combine to go 10-of-27 from the floor, that makes it mighty difficult for Boston to emerge victorious.

As I wrote before, the Celtics don't have the offense to compete with the Knicks and—while they may be able to limit the Knicks as a team offensively—there is simply no stopping NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony these days. Anthony dropped 36 points on 13-of-29 shooting in Game 1.

 

 

Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets

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Kenneth Faried could be a nightmare for the Warriors if he plays in Game 2.

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

When: 10:30 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

 

Boy, where to start?

The Warriors not only allowed 37-year-old point guard Andre Miller to score the game-winning layup en route to 28 points in Game 1, they lost All-Star power forward David Lee to injury.

Even if Golden State plays better defense in Game 2 (and that's a big "if"), the loss of Lee is a back-breaker. Lee not only averaged 18.5 points this season, he averaged 11.2 rebounds (tied for fourth in the NBA). That included a league-leading 56 double-doubles.

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With Kenneth Faried possibly returning for Game 2 (albeit in a limited capacity), it's even more unlikely that the Warriors will win Game 2 in Denver. Faried ranked eighth among power forwards in rebounding rate this season, via Basketball-Reference.com.

The only way the Warriors win this series? They shoot the lights out. 

Fortunately for them, they do have sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt. Don't forget sixth man Jarrett Jack, who is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc this season.

Thompson scored a team-high 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Game 1. Curry went 1-of-10 in the first half, but went 6-of-10 in the second half, including a three-pointer that tied the game with 14 seconds remaining.

 

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