NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Postseason Bracket and TV Info for Rest of 1st Round

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 22:  Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers defends Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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While traditionally there's no place like home when it comes to the NBA playoffs, the road teams have made some early statements this postseason, none louder than the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers, who lead their respective series 2-0 despite opening on the road.

But the Wizards and Blazers aren't alone when it comes to playoff surprises. The Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have all produced stunning results early in these playoffs. 

But what will the rest of Round 1 spotlight?

Here, we'll get you up to speed with the updated postseason bracket and broadcast information for the remainder of the first round.

 

2014 NBA Playoff Bracket (as of Thursday, April 24 at 8 a.m. ET)

First RoundConf. SemisConf. FinalsNBA Finals
EASTERN CONFERENCE   
(1) Indiana Pacers (Series tied 1-1)   
(8) Atlanta Hawks    
    
(4) Chicago Bulls    
(5) Washington Wizards (Lead 2-0)   
    
(3) Toronto Raptors (Series tied 1-1)   
(6) Brooklyn Nets   
    
(2) Miami Heat (Lead 2-0)   
(7) Charlotte Bobcats   
    
WESTERN CONFERENCE   
(1) San Antonio Spurs (Series tied 1-1)   
(8) Dallas Mavericks   
    
(4) Houston Rockets    
(5) Portland Trail Blazers (Lead 2-0)   
    
(3) Los Angeles Clippers (Series tied 1-1)   
(6) Golden State Warriors   
    
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder (Series tied 1-1)   
(7) Memphis Grizzlies   

 

2014 NBA Playoff TV Schedule - First Round
Thu, April 24MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 3: Pacers at Hawks7 p.m.NBATV
Game 3: Thunder at Grizzlies8 p.m.TNT
Game 3: Clippers at Warriors10:30 p.m.TNT
Fri, April 25MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 3: Raptors at Nets7 p.m.ESPN2
Game 3: Bulls at Wizards8 p.m.ESPN
Game 3: Rockets at Trail Blazers10:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat, April 26MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 4: Pacers at Hawks2 p.m.TNT
Game 3: Spurs at Mavericks4:30 p.m.TNT
Game 3: Heat at Bobcats7 p.m.ESPN
Game 4: Thunder at Grizzlies9:30 p.m.ESPN
Sun, April 27MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 4: Bulls at Wizards1 p.m.ABC
Game 4: Clippers at Warriors3:30 p.m.ABC
Game 4: Raptors at Nets7 p.m.TNT
Game 4: Rockets at Trail Blazers9:30 p.m.TNT
Mon, April 28MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 4: Heat at Bobcats7 p.m.TNT
Game 5: Hawks at Pacers8 p.m.NBATV
Game 4: Spurs at Mavericks9:30 p.m.TNT
Tue, April 29MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 5: Grizzlies at ThunderTBDTBD
Game 5: Wizards at Bulls*TBDTBD
Game 5: Warriors at Clippers10:30 p.m.TNT
Wed, April 30MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 5: Mavericks at SpursTBDTBD
Game 5: Bobcats at Heat*TBDTBD
Game 5: Nets at RaptorsTBDTBD
Game 5: Trail Blazers at Rockets*TBDTBD
Thu, May 1MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 6: Pacers at Hawks*TBDTBD
Game 6: Thunder at Grizzlies*TBDTBD
Game 6: Clippers at Warriors*TBDTBD
Game 6: Bulls at Wizards*TBDTBD
Fri, May 2MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 6: Spurs at Mavericks*TBDTBD
Game 6: Heat at Bobcats*TBDTBD
Game 6: Raptors at Nets*TBDTBD
Game 6: Rockets at Trail Blazers*TBDTBD
Sat, May 3MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 7: Hawks at Pacers*TBDTNT
Game 7: Grizzlies at Thunder*TBDTNT
Game 7: Warriors at Clippers*TBDTNT
Game 7: Wizards at Bulls*TBDTNT
Sun, May 4MatchupTime (ET)TV
Game 7: Mavericks at Spurs*TBDTBD
Game 7: Bobcats at Heat*TBDTBD
Game 7: Nets at Raptors*TBDTBD
Game 7: Trail Blazers at Rockets*TBDTBD
*if necessary. Info via NBA.com

 

Thursday's Schedule 

Pacers Look to Reclaim Home-Court Advantage in Atlanta, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV

The No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the Eastern Conference will shift to Atlanta on Thursday night, where the top-seeded Indiana Pacers will look to pick up a hard-fought road win and reclaim home-court advantage in the series after dropping Game 1.

According to OddsShark.com, the Pacers will be two-point favorites on the road in this game.

But despite an impressive second-half run in Game 2 that blew open the game and ultimately tied the series at one game apiece, not everyone is convinced the Pacers are poised for a deep postseason run, including CBS Sports' Jim Rome:

Although the Pacers appear to have some of their swagger back after Tuesday's blowout win, keep in mind that Indiana went 21-20 on the road during the regular season. 

Paul George and company will be favored in Game 3, but they'll need to bring the same defensive intensity they did in Game 2 in order to have a chance against a dangerous Hawks team that will execute even better at home.

 

Thunder, Grizzlies Battle for Series Edge in Memphis, 8 p.m. ET, TNT

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 19:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at
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The 2014 NBA playoffs mark the third time in four years that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies have met in the postseason, making it one of the top rivalries in today's game.

On Thursday night, the series shifts from Oklahoma City to Memphis, where the Thunder will attempt to avenge Monday's Game 2 overtime loss. But even though Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder will be slight favorites on the road, don't expect anything to come easy for the visitors, who have not only had trouble scoring on the Grizzlies, but also slowing them on the other end, as pointed out by ESPN NBA writer Brian Windhorst:

Memphis won 27 home games during the regular season and is a reigning Western Conference finalist. So don't let the No. 7 seed next to its name fool you. 

 

Clippers and Warriors Renew Rivalry in Pivotal Game 3, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers handles the basketball against David Lee #10 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the NBA Playoffs at STAPLES Center on April 19,
Noah Graham/Getty Images

The L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors don't share the playoff history that the Grizzlies and Thunder do, but the two Pacific Division rivals have become must-see television nonetheless.

And following a 40-point beatdown in Game 2, Golden State's Game 1 triumph seems like ancient history. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson swiftly summed up the dismal result, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): "We were awful. They disrupted us with their intensity. That was a desperate basketball team we played against."

But the desperation will be on Golden State's side of the court on Thursday night as a loss at the Oracle would award home-court advantage right back to L.A. and put all of the pressure on the Warriors in Sunday's Game 4.

On the flip side, a Warriors win on Thursday would restore Golden State's confidence and create doubt in the Clippers' collective mind. Will it be Lob City with a 2-1 advantage or the Splash Brothers pulling the Warriors within two wins of the conference semifinals?

 

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