Don't you just hate being that person who misses out on the big shots, moments and controversies of the 2014 NBA playoffs because you don't know when to catch each game?
Don't worry, ladies and gents—I'm here to help.
The water cooler can be a brutal place when you don't know how the action unfolded in the previous night's overtime thriller. Highlights can only go so far. You need to catch the whole thing to paint the clearest picture.
Below is a full schedule detailing each of the four remaining series, and there's even some analysis following the table regarding some of the best stories of Round 2.
|1||Clippers at Thunder||May 5||Clippers 122 Thunder 105||Clippers 1-0|
|2||Clippers at Thunder||May 7||Thunder 112 Clippers 101||Series tied 1-1|
|3||Thunder at Clippers||May 9||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||Thunder at Clippers||May 11||3:30 p.m.||ABC|
|5*||Clippers at Thunder||May 13||TBD||TNT|
|6*||Thunder at Clippers||May 15||TBD||ESPN|
|7*||Clippers at Thunder||May 18||TBD||TNT|
|1||Blazers at Spurs||May 6||Spurs 116 Blazers 92||Spurs 1-0|
|2||Blazers at Spurs||May 8||Spurs 114 Blazers 97||Spurs 2-0|
|3||Spurs at Blazers||May 10||10:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||Spurs at Blazers||May 12||10:30 p.m.||TNT|
|5*||Blazers at Spurs||May 14||TBD||TNT|
|6*||Spurs at Blazers||May 16||TBD||ESPN|
|7*||Blazers at Spurs||May 19||TBD||TNT|
|1||Wizards at Pacers||May 5||Wizards 102 Pacers 96||Wizards 1-0|
|2||Wizards at Pacers||May 7||Pacers 86 Wizards 82||Series tied 1-1|
|3||Pacers at Wizards||May 9||8 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||Pacers at Wizards||May 11||8 p.m.||TNT|
|5*||Wizards at Pacers||May 13||TBD||TNT|
|6*||Pacers at Wizards||May 15||TBD||ESPN|
|7*||Wizards at Pacers||May 18||TBD||TBD|
|1||Nets at Heat||May 6||Heat 107 Nets 86||Heat 1-0|
|2||Nets at Heat||May 8||Heat 94 Nets 82||Heat 2-0|
|3||Heat at Nets||May 10||8 p.m.||ABC|
|4||Heat at Nets||May 12||8 p.m.||TNT|
|5*||Nets at Heat||May 14||TBD||TNT|
|6*||Heat at Nets||May 16||TBD||ESPN|
|7*||Nets at Heat||May 19||TBD||ABC|
NBA.com; *Denotes if necessary
The series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers is tied at one game apiece, and both teams have been exciting to watch. Each is capable of putting points up in a hurry because of the star power on each respective roster.
The Thunder dominated Game 2, though, and it was because of the crazy performance they received from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Here's a fun stat for you, from ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account:
Crazy Stat of Day: Westbrook + Durant are 1st teammates in NBA history w/ at least 30 Pts, 10 Reb, & 9 Ast in same game. (via @EliasSports)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 8, 2014
Westbrook ended up completing the triple-double, his third of the postseason. No one else this year has posted even one triple-double in the playoffs.
There are often times when Westbrook gets criticized for not spreading the ball around and finding the NBA's MVP when he's open. Those complaints have merit, but there's no denying the fact that it's nearly impossible to guard Westbrook when he's on.
Then throw Durant into the mix. Their offense, coupled with the defense of Serge Ibaka, puts them in a very good position to run the gamut in the Western Conference.
Is Roy Hibbert Back?
Everyone watching Game 1 between the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers had the same number of points and rebounds that struggling center Roy Hibbert had—zero.
After a very bad first series against the Atlanta Hawks, many were left wondering what type of player would show up for the rest of the playoffs. Well, in Game 2, Hibbert was great. Matt Dollinger of SI.com explains that there was a visible difference in his play on Wednesday night:
In maybe the most improbable feat of the season, Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points against the Wizards — that’s 28 more than Tracy McGrady had, for those counting — displaying an energy and prowess that seemingly appeared out of thin air.
Hibbert was the driving force behind Indiana's win in Game 2. He was active defensively, totaling two blocks and eight rebounds. His offensive game was obviously superb, as he finished 10-of-13 from the floor. Not all of his attempts were easy ones in the paint, though. Hibbert finished hook shots, short jumpers, put-backs and even some athletic plays near the rim.
Before anyone declares that Hibbert is completely back, he'll need to prove himself again in Game 3.
John Wall, Bradley Beal, and the Future of the NBA
The Wizards have relied heavily upon their young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal during the playoffs, and forward Trevor Ariza told Michael Lee of The Washington Post that the incredible performances they have been getting from Beal have come as no surprise:
That’s what we need him to do. He’s a scorer, so go score the ball. I don’t think he did anything different than what he’s been doing all year. He’s got on rolls throughout the season where he’s had 10, 12 straight. What he did tonight wasn’t a surprise to me. It wasn’t a surprise to anybody in this locker room. He came through when we needed him.
As a 20-year-old, Beal's ability to come through in the clutch is uncanny. He and Wall have provided stability to a team that was still thought to be in the final stages of rebuilding mode when the season began. The duo has this team in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs and in search of a championship, however.
That speaks to the fast growth of both players but also to the support and confidence their teammates have in them. Veterans like Ariza and Nene Hilario have accepted non-leadership roles because of how outspoken and dominant Wall and Beal have been.
The Wizards might not make a run at the NBA Finals this season, but there will be plenty of runs in them over the next decade. Wall and Beal are the NBA's next great duo.