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NBA Playoffs 2014: Viewing Info and Breakdown for Remainder of 1st Round

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL  27: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks the ball in the second half of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 27, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won the game 123-120. 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 Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IApril 28, 2014

While a few other factors outside of the action off the court has stolen some of the spotlight away, the NBA playoffs have been spectacular thus far.

Whether it's the phenomenal series taking place out West between several championship contenders or a handful of surprisingly competitive matchups in the East, there have been a plethora of intriguing games already.

After a rough stretch at the end of the season, the Indiana Pacers are once again struggling in the opening round as the No. 1 seed. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors are showing they both have what it takes to make a run in their conferences.

As the first round is slowly winding down, here's a look at the viewing information and a breakdown for some of the best series. The full playoff schedule can be viewed at NBA.com.

 

Eastern Conference

Mon. April 28, Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m. ET, NBA TV 

Thu. May 1, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD 

Sat. May 3, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TNT

Wed. April 30, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TBD 

Fri. May 2, Toronto at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD

Sun. May 4, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TBD

Tue. April 29, Washington at Chicago, TBD, TBD

Thu. May 1, Chicago at Washington, TBD, TBD 

Sat. May 3, Washington at Chicago, TBD, TNT

 

Western Conference

Wed. April 30, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

Fri. May 2, San Antonio at Dallas, TBD, TBD

Sun. May 4, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD

Tue. April 29, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

Thu. May 1, Oklahoma City at Memphis, TBD, TBD 

Sat. May 3, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TNT

Tue. April 29, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD

Thu. May 1, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, TBD, TBD 

Sat. May 3, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TNT

Wed. April 30, Portland at Houston, TBD, TBD 

Fri. May 2, Houston at Portland, TBD, TBD 

Sun. May 4, Portland at Houston, TBD, TBD

 

NBA Playoffs Breakdown

When it comes to nail-biting series, there is no better example than the one currently being played between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. Three of the four games have gone to overtime, with the Blazers coming out on top each time extra basketball is played.

With the series heading back to Houston, there's really no guarantee that Portland can clinch the series. But thanks to the play of one man, LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers have dominated the matchup thus far.

Aldridge's start to the series with two consecutive 40-point games and even more production in the last two games has put him in some pretty elite company, as NBA on TNT points out:

Across from Aldridge stands Dwight Howard, who spurned the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason to form an athletic duo with James Harden. Though his production has been phenomenal (27 points, 14.3 rebounds per game), his defensive performances against Aldridge have led to the big man putting on a show.

Howard spoke about his opponent's outstanding play during the postseason thus far, per For the Win:

Both the Blazers and Rockets are knotted up in a battle of wills, but two series in the East have been especially surprising from the start.

The Toronto Raptors came into the postseason without a lot of fanfare but have proved worthy of their ranking so far. A 2-2 tie with the battle-tested Brooklyn Nets has opened some eyes.

So have the ratings for the most recent battle between the two teams in Game 4, per TSN PR:

Along with the Raptors changing an entire country's interest from hockey to basketball, the Atlanta Hawks are currently shaking up the league by taking a 2-2 tie back to Indianapolis against the Indiana Pacers.

Much of the Hawks' success midway through the series has been thanks to Jeff Teague. The 25-year-old accomplished something that hasn't been done in nearly three decades recently, per ESPN Stats & Info:

With many of the series coming down to the wire in the opening round, this excitement will likely be sustained throughout the playoffs.

Teams like the Pacers and Nets still have hopes of righting the ship, but time is running out as both of their opponents are hungry to prove their worth in the postseason. It's just the start of the playoffs, but the roller coaster ride is clearly going to be a great one throughout May as well.

 

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