NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Dates, Game Times and TV Info for Second Round

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, looks for an open teammate past Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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If the second round of the NBA playoffs can deliver anywhere near the excitement of the first round, fans are in for a true treat. 

The opening stanza of the Association's postseason featured five Game 7s and three lower seeds advancing. With a myriad of intriguing matchups on tap for Round 2, things won't get any easier for teams looking to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy. 

Here's a look at when and where you can catch all the games in the second round:

2014 NBA Playoffs Schedule: Round 2
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Clippers at ThunderMay 59:30 p.m.TNT
2Clippers at ThunderMay 79:30 p.m.TNT
3Thunder at ClippersMay 910:30 p.m.ESPN
4Thunder at ClippersMay 113:30 p.m.ABC
5*Clippers at ThunderMay 13TBDTNT
6*Thunder at ClippersMay 15TBDESPN
7*Clippers at ThunderMay 18TBDTNT
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Blazers at SpursMay 69:30 p.m.TNT
2Blazers at SpursMay 89:30 p.m.ESPN2
3Spurs at BlazersMay 1010:30 p.m.ESPN
4Spurs at BlazersMay 1210:30 p.m.TNT
5*Blazers at SpursMay 14TBDTNT
6*Spurs at BlazersMay 16TBDESPN
7*Blazers at SpursMay 19TBDTNT
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Wizards at PacersMay 57 p.m.TNT
2Wizards at PacersMay 77 p.m.TNT
3Pacers at WizardsMay 98 p.m.ESPN
4Pacers at WizardsMay 118 p.m.TNT
5*Wizards at PacersMay 13TBDTNT
6*Pacers at WizardsMay 15TBDESPN
7*Wizards at PacersMay 18TBDTBD
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Nets at HeatMay 67 p.m.TNT
2Nets at HeatMay 87 p.m.ESPN2
3Heat at NetsMay 108 p.m.ABC
4Heat at NetsMay 128 p.m.TNT
5*Nets at HeatMay 14TBDTNT
6*Heat at NetsMay 16TBDESPN
7*Nets at HeatMay 19TBDABC
NBA.com; *Denotes if necessary

 

Burning Questions for Round 2 

Does the Nets' Regular-Season Success Against the Heat Mean Anything?

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If there's one team that the Heat didn't want to see from the Eastern Conference, it might be the Brooklyn Nets. As you're sure to hear numerous times over the coming days, the Nets swept the regular-season series between the teams, 4-0. 

The question now becomes whether that even matters. The Heat decimated the Bobcats in the first round and appear ready to make their way to yet another NBA Finals appearance.

Then again, the Heat swept the Bobcats in the regular season, so that was to be expected. 

The Nets, on the other hand, struggled to even make it to the second round as the sixth seed. They had to edge out the Raptors in a seven-game series and could struggle to get going against the well-rested Heat. 

 

Are the Pacers Finally Back on Track?

Mar 28, 2014; Washington, DC, USA;  Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster (9) dribbles past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 91-78. Mandatory Credit: T
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No storyline has been more bizarre than the fall of the Indiana Pacers this season. The No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference went from juggernaut at the All-Star break to the team that fell behind 3-2 to the Atlanta Hawks in the opening series. 

To the Pacers' credit, they were able to avoid a disastrous exit by winning Games 6 and 7. But is that a sign that they've finally hit their stride or that they've delayed the inevitable?

The young Wizards will be waiting to find out. 

Fresh off Washington's victory over the Bulls in five games, John Wall and Co. are looking like a team ready to make the leap. 

Adding intrigue to this series will be the addition of Luis Scola and Evan Turner to the regular rotation for the Pacers, according to the team's Twitter account.

With the Pacers still tinkering with lineups this deep into the playoffs, one has to wonder if they can survive against a team clicking on all cylinders. 

 

Can Kevin Durant Get Back to the Finals?

Apr 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Thunder won 107-101. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the second round of the playoffs, but it wasn't as easy as fans might have expected. The No. 2 seed was taken to the brink by the No. 7 Memphis Grizzlies in a tight seven-game series. 

Those seeding are a bit misleading, though. With a healthy Marc Gasol playing in the post, the Grizzlies entered the playoff season as one of the best teams in the Association:

The challenge will be much different for the Thunder in Round 2. Rather than dealing with the Grizzlies' grinding style and post-centric attack led by Gasol and Zach Randolph, they'll have to deal with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin

If Durant is going to make this the year that he no longer settles for second place, he's going to have a difficult road to overcome.