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

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Updated Bracket for Rest of Round 1
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The 2014 NBA playoffs have started off in spectacular fashion, as we've already seen a bevy of overtime thrillers and ridiculous plays. There's certainly more to come.

There has already been a major surprise. Even though a No. 5 seed beating a No. 4 seed isn't really a huge upset, it caught many people by surprise when the Washington Wizards locked up the series against the Chicago Bulls. Washington now awaits the winner of the series between Indiana and Atlanta.

In a not-so-shocking series, the Miami Heat were able to sweep the Charlotte Bobcats. Miami was simply too much to handle for the inexperienced Bobcats. Miami awaits either Toronto or Brooklyn in Round 2.

There's still plenty left to go in Round 1, so be sure you don't miss it. Here's everything you need to know to stay informed about game times and crucial series information.

 

Bracket

The complete 2014 NBA playoff bracket can be seen at NBA.com.

 

Viewing Info

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Dallas Mavericks

The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks are currently in a hotly contested series. Despite their standing as a No. 8 seed, the Mavericks are a dangerous team if not defended carefully. We've seen Monta Ellis take over, and he'll continue to do so if the Spurs play soft defense.

In the end, San Antonio is the bigger threat to the rest of the Western Conference. They'll have to make it past Dallas to prove it, though.

Spurs vs. Mavericks TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Fri., May 2 8:00 p.m. ESPN
7 Sun., May 4 TBD TBD

ESPN.com

 

No. 4 Houston Rockets vs. No. 5 Portland Trail Blazers

Houston has been disappointing thus far, as there's no telling which team will show up on a nightly basis. The Rockets have had no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge or Damian Lillard. Patrick Beverley has done his best to defend on the perimeter, but Terrence Jones hasn't been able to slow down Aldridge.

I could see either team making a surprise run through the West—especially given the struggles of the other teams—but Houston can't make any more mistakes in this series.

Rockets vs. Blazers TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Fri., May 2 10:30 p.m. ESPN
7 Sun., May 4 TBD TBD

ESPN.com

 

No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. No. 6 Golden State Warriors

Arguably the best matchup of the playoffs in Round 1, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have traded blows back and forth this series.

While each team has some depth to boast, the series will ultimately come down to which superstars can produce at the highest level. Los Angeles will rely on Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to make plays. Golden State will look to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Whichever duo play best will see their team to Round 2.

Clippers vs. Warriors TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Thurs., May 1 10:30 p.m. TNT
7 Sat., May 3 TBD TNT

ESPN.com

 

No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies

On the brink of elimination in Round 1, the Oklahoma City Thunder (and more importantly head coach Scott Brooks) will need to survive Game 6 to play another game. The Memphis Grizzlies have come out of the gate firing on all cylinders this postseason, easily making this one of the best series we've seen.

Russell Westbrook needs to stop shooting every time he touches the basketball. It's really hurting OKC's offense. When he's more selective, the offense just runs better as a whole.

Thunder vs. Grizzlies TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Thurs., May 1 8:00 p.m. TNT
7 Sat., May 3 TBD TNT

ESPN.com

 

No. 1 Indiana Pacers vs. No. 8 Atlanta Hawks

The Indiana Pacers have not been playing like a No. 1 seed. The Atlanta Hawks have taken a 3-2 lead in the series as a result of poor play by the East's top team.

Roy Hibbert has quite literally been one of the worst players on the floor this postseason, and the Pacers have suffered as a result.

They'll need to get him going, and fast.

Pacers vs. Hawks TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Thurs., May 1 7:00 p.m. NBATV
7 Sat., May 3 TBD TNT

ESPN.com

 

No. 3 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 6 Brooklyn Nets

In a very even series, the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets have traded blows. The youth of the Raptors has given the Nets fits, while the experience of the Nets has proven to be too much at times for the Raptors.

There is some bad blood between the two, making this a series that every NBA fan should want to go seven games.

Raptors vs. Nets TV Info
Game Date Time (ET) TV Info
6 Fri., May 2 7:00 p.m. TBD
7 Sun., May 4 TBD TBD

ESPN.com

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