2014 NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info, Updated Bracket and More

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 05:  Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers during play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 5, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 8, 2014

The first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs was a treat, and Round 2 has similarly compelling matchups and storylines that will help to make this postseason one of the most memorable in recent history.

Sure, we might not see a majority of series go to seven games, but we'll certainly see some exciting basketball. Three lower seeds advanced into this round, and all three will look to keep the momentum going against even tougher opponents.

Here's a full schedule including TV info and bracket information to ensure that you're up to date with each of the four series.

2014 NBA Playoffs Schedule: Round 2
GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TV
1Clippers at ThunderMay 5Clippers 122 Thunder 105Clippers 1-0
2Clippers at ThunderMay 7Thunder 112 Clippers 101Series tied 1-1
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 6Spurs 116 Blazers 92Spurs 1-0
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 5Wizards 102 Pacers 96Wizards 1-0
2Wizards at PacersMay 7Pacers 86 Wizards 82Series tied 1-1
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 6Heat 107 Nets 86Heat 1-0
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

 

Brooklyn Nets

MIAMI, FL - MAY 06: Deron Williams #8, Kevin Garnett #2 and Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets look on during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on May 6, 2014 in Miam
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The Brooklyn Nets were 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but the two-time defending NBA champs proved in Game 1 that such silly regular-season numbers don't matter in the playoffs.

LeBron James and Co. dismantled the Nets, winning 107-86 to maintain their perfect 5-0 record this postseason. Ray Allen chipped in 19 points to go with James' 22, while Chris Bosh dropped 15 points and grabbed 11 boards.

The Nets entered Game 1 after completing a seven-game series with the Toronto Raptors, whereas the Heat had a lengthy rest after sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in Round 1. James attributes his team's early success to the rest, at least that's what he told the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

It was great that we were able to come out the way we did after being off eight days. We got a lot of work in. We had eight days off of not playing a basketball game but Spo got us in the gym. (We) got each other in the gym. We made each other accountable throughout the layoff and it proved tonight.

Don't sleep on the Nets, though. Even with Miami's strong start to the series, there is a reason that Brooklyn took four games and dropped none to the Heat this year. Brooklyn got clutch performances up and down the roster, and the confidence in knowing that it can defeat Miami in a long series should go a long way.

 

Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27:   Bradley Beal #3 and John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards shake hands against the Chicago Bulls during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 27, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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Head coach Randy Wittman has the Washington Wizards playing at an unbelievable level right now, and for him, it's all about mentality. This is what he told Jason Reid of The Washington Post regarding his team's success on the road:

"Talent gives you an opportunity. Belief in doing it gets you over the top. That’s the main thing: the mental standpoint."

The Wizards have ridden Wittman's teachings—not to mention their young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal—to a second-round series against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are essentially spiraling out of control, and at this point, you'd be foolish to not choose Washington to advance.

Wall and Beal have teamed together to form a formidable duo, but the likes of Nene Hilario and Trevor Ariza are also making their presences felt. This is a dangerous team as a No. 5 seed.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

EDMOND, OK - MAY 06:  Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder addresses the fans with the Maurice Podoloff Trophy at the 2013-14 KIA Player of the Year award announcement on May 6, 2014 at the Thunder Events Center in Edmond, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: Use
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The Los Angeles Clippers destroyed the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 behind Chris Paul's 32 points, 10 assists and career-high eight three-pointers. That can't happen again in Game 2 if OKC wants to pick up the win.

Russell Westbrook is no Chris Paul, and that's where OKC can get burned. If it allows Paul to be dynamic like he was in Game 1, then it'll be difficult to keep up offensively. Westbrook is dynamic, but he takes a ton of shots and often looks to score and drive to the basket before setting up his teammates.

Granted, Paul looked to shoot a whole lot in Game 1, but he was red-hot. Also, he still racked up 10 assists.

To take down the potent Clippers, Kevin Durant will need to shine. The NBA's MVP clearly has the ability to put his team on his back, but it will be up to his teammates to allow him to make plays. The Thunder won't win the point guard battle against Los Angeles, but they have this season's top performer to fall back on.

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