The 2014 NBA playoffs are in full swing, and upon the conclusion of Sunday's contests, each series now has one game in the books.
There have already been some upset victories, highly contested matchups and blowout wins. The postseason is already shaping up to provide some thrills and drama down to the bitter end.
Needless to say, not a moment of the forthcoming action should be missed.
Let's take a look at the updated bracket and highlight all of the essential viewing information for Monday's action.
Updated 2014 NBA Playoffs Bracket
Here's an NBA playoffs bracket based on Twitter mentions http://t.co/j4IsAAIuCx— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) April 18, 2014
The full bracket can be viewed on ESPN.com.
TV Coverage for Monday's Games
|Matchup||Game||Series Score||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors||2||Warriors lead, 1-0||10:30 p.m.||TNT|
|No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies||2||Thunder lead, 1-0||8 p.m.||TNT|
The full Round 1 schedule can be viewed at WashingtonPost.com.
No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers 0-1 No. 6 Golden State Warriors
This intense rivalry continues to heat up, as the Warriors earned an upset victory following a 109-105 shootout in Game 1.
Golden State's depth was on display, as five different players finished in double figures in scoring.
Klay Thompson led the way with 22, while David Lee dominated the paint with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
One edge for Warriors in this series: Clippers change everything they do to try to defend Curry... GSWs play Paul pretty much straight up.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) April 20, 2014
"A big way to start the series. We've been resilient all year. We're not going to quit."
NBA Issues Statement on Clippers-Warriors Game (video): http://t.co/tMxmexuJV1— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) April 20, 2014
For the Clippers, Chris Paul was nearly unstoppable, racking up a game-high 28 points while connecting on five of his nine attempts from downtown.
This was a huge victory for the Warriors in hostile territory, and they will be hard-pressed to gain another one when these teams take the court on Monday.
No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder 1-0 No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies
The Thunder set the tone of the game early in Game 1 against the Grizzlies.
Kevin Durant and Co., rolled on offense, as Oklahoma City ran off to an early 29-16 lead after the first quarter and didn't look back in its defeat of the Grizzlies, 100-86.
Durant was on fire, racking up a game-high 33 points, while Russell Westbrook earned a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 22-2 in the paint in the 3rd quarter— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 20, 2014
If the Grizzlies are going to keep up with the high-octane Thunder going forward, they'll have to get more aggressive in the paint—Memphis was out-rebounded by Oklahoma City 51-41 in Game 1—and find a threat from behind the arc—the team shot just 2-of-11 from downtown.
After the game, Randolph spoke of necessary adjustments during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
We've got to make adjustments to get off to a better start. We can't exert so much energy trying to come back from 20 points. It's the first game, we've got to stick together. We've been here before, we know what we've got to do and come out and be ready for Monday.
We'll see if these adjustments are enough when these teams take the court for Game 2.