NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and Full TV Schedule

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Updated Bracket and Full TV Schedule
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The NBA playoffs weren't really supposed to start until the second round, especially in the Eastern Conference, because the early-round matchups didn't have that sizzle and spark to them. 

Yet here we are, after each series has played at least one game, and we have no idea what's going on. The Indiana Pacers, who led the East with 56 wins, are coming apart at the seams. Oklahoma City and Los Angeles didn't hold home court in the first two games of their respective series. 

It's the latest evidence we have that nothing in sports can be predicted, though that doesn't stop anyone from trying. As we look ahead at the rest of the first-round series, it's nice not knowing what will happen. 

We've got an updated look at the bracket following Monday's games as well as television information for the rest of the first round and what to expect moving forward. 

Complete First-Round Schedule and TV Info
  Western Conference    
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV / Result
4/20 (8) Mavericks vs. (1) Spurs 1 p.m. San Antonio, 90-85 (SA leads 1-0)
4/23 (8) Mavericks vs. (1) Spurs 8 p.m. NBATV
4/26 (1) Spurs vs. (8) Mavericks 4:30 p.m. TNT
4/28 (1) Spurs vs. (8) Mavericks 9:30 p.m. TNT
4/30 (8) Mavericks vs. (1) Spurs TBD TBD
5/2 (1) Spurs vs. (8) Mavericks TBD TBD
5/4 (8) Mavericks vs. (1) Spurs TBD TBD
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/19 (7) Grizzlies vs. (2) Thunder 9:30 p.m, Oklahoma City, 100-86 (OKC leads 1-0)
4/21 (7) Grizzlies vs. (2) Thunder 8 p.m. Memphis, 111-105 (OT) (Series tied 1-1)
4/24 (2) Thunder vs. (7) Grizzlies 8 p.m. TNT
4/26 (2) Thunder vs. (7) Grizzlies 9:30 p.m. ESPN
4/29 (7) Grizzlies vs. (2) Thunder TBD TBD
5/1 (2) Thunder vs. (7) Grizzlies TBD TBD
5/3 (7) Grizzlies vs. (2) Thunder TBD TNT
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/19 (6) Warriors vs. (3) Clippers 3:30 p.m. Golden State, 109-105 (GS leads 1-0)
4/21 (6) Warriors vs. (3) Clippers 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles, 138-98 (Series tied 1-1)
4/24 (3) Clippers vs. (6) Warriors 10:30 p.m. TNT
4/27 (3) Clippers vs. (6) Warriors 3:30 p.m. ABC
4/29 (6) Warriors vs. (3) Clippers TBD TBD
5/1 (3) Clippers vs. (6) Warriors TBD TBD
5/3 (6) Warriors vs. (3) Clippers TBD TNT
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/20 (5) Trail Blazers vs. (4) Rockets 9:30 p.m. Portland, 122-120 (POR leads 1-0)
4/23 (5) Trail Blazers vs. (4) Rockets 9:30 p.m. TNT
4/25 (4) Rockets vs. (5) Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. ESPN
4/27 (4) Rockets vs. (5) Trail Blazers 9:30 p.m. TNT
4/30 (5) Trail Blazers vs. (4) Rockets TBD TBD
5/2 (4) Rockets vs. (5) Trail Blazers TBD TBD
5/4 (5) Trail Blazers vs. (4) Rockets TBD TBD
  Eastern Conference    
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/19 (8) Hawks vs. (1) Pacers 7 p.m. Atlanta, 101-93 (ATL leads 1-0)
4/22 (8) Hawks vs. (1) Pacers 7 p.m. TNT
4/24 (1) Pacers vs. (8) Hawks 7 p.m. NBATV
4/26 (1) Pacers vs. (8) Hawks 2 p.m. TNT
4/28 (8) Hawks vs. (1) Pacers 8 p.m. NBATV
5/1 (1) Pacers vs. (8) Hawks TBD TBD
5/3 (8) Hawks vs. (1) Pacers TBD TNT
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/20 (7) Bobcats vs. (2) Heat 3:30 p.m. Miami, 99-88 (MIA leads 1-0)
4/23 (7) Bobcats vs. (2) Heat 7 p.m. TNT
4/26 (2) Heat vs. (7) Bobcats 7 p.m. ESPN
4/28 (2) Heat vs. (7) Bobcats 7 p.m. TNT
4/30 (7) Bobcats vs. (2) Heat TBD TBD
5/2 (2) Heat vs. (7) Bobcats TBD TBD
5/4 (7) Bobcats vs. (2) Heat TBD ABC
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/19 (6) Nets vs. (3) Raptors 12:30 p.m. Brooklyn, 94-87 (BK leads 1-0)
4/22 (6) Nets vs. (3) Raptors 7:30 p.m. NBATV
4/25 (3) Raptors vs. (6) Nets 7 p.m. ESPN 2
4/27 (3) Raptors vs. (6) Nets 7 p.m. TNT
4/30 (6) Nets vs. (3) Raptors TBD TBD
5/2 (3) Raptors vs. (6) Nets TBD TBD
5/4 (6) Nets vs. (3) Raptors TBD TBD
Date Matchup Time (ET) TV
4/20 (5) Wizards vs. (4) Bulls 7 p.m. Washington, 102-93 (WAS leads 1-0)
4/22 (5) Wizards vs. (4) Bulls 9:30 p.m. TNT
4/25 (4) Bulls vs. (5) Wizards 8 p.m. ESPN
4/27 (4) Bulls vs. (5) Wizards 1 p.m. ABC
4/29 (5) Wizards vs. (4) Bulls TBD TBD
5/1 (4) Bulls vs. (5) Wizards TBD TBD
5/3 (5) Wizards vs. (4) Bulls TBD TBD

Source: NBA.com

 

Team on Upset Alert: Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks

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Can we really call this an upset anymore? The Hawks went into Indiana on April 6, led by 32 at halftime and won by 19. They pulled off a similar feat in Game 1 on Saturday night. 

If you have repeatedly proved you can beat a team, even though that team has a better record, how does that qualify as an upset?

The Pacers are in a critical situation right now. Changes have to be made, especially with Roy Hibbert. The 7'2" center looks lost, even allowing 6'7" Kyle Korver to block his shot in Game 1. He shouldn't be starting in this series. 

Regardless of how fragile Hibbert is, Frank Vogel has to do what is best for this team. The Pacers can't afford to have a center who isn't capable of scoring in the paint or defending anywhere outside the paint against a team that doesn't play in that area. 

Jeff Teague, an Indianapolis native, picked apart the Pacers in Game 1 with 28 points, five assists and three rebounds. Vogel's Pacers don't do well against fast guards who can exploit their lack of speed, so until they find an answer for Atlanta's star, this series is going to get worse. 

 

Tuesday Game to Watch: Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

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This series seems to be flying under the radar because the Wizards don't get a lot of national attention and the Bulls are a blue-collar, win-ugly team without a superstar (thanks to Derrick Rose's injury). 

Despite the lack of national attention, this Wizards and Bulls matchup has the potential to be a stellar six- or seven-game series. The Wizards took Game 1 in Chicago thanks to a dazzling performance from Nene (24 points, eight rebounds) and an excellent playoff debut by John Wall, who had 16 points, six assists and six rebounds.

The Bulls are the best defensive team in the NBA, but Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix noted that Washington was hoping to get them in a playoff series:

That formula held true in Game 1, but we know that Tom Thibodeau is going to have Chicago ready to play on Tuesday. This team has undergone drastic changes since the beginning of the yearfrom losing Rose to an injury to trading Luol Dengbut it never wavers. 

If this series goes less than six games, it will be an upset. 

 

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