NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info, Updated Bracket and Sunday Game Previews

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Although the second round of the 2014 NBA playoffs hasn't quite lived up to the same standard as the opening round, there's a good chance some drama is still on the horizon. And the teams playing on Sunday are the ones likely to provide it.

The overarching question, however, is whether there's a team capable of derailing a rematch between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. They have once again looked like the best teams in their respective conferences to this point in the postseason.

With that in mind, let's check out all of the important schedule information for the second round, along with an updated look at the bracket. That's followed by a preview and prediction for the two games on tap for Sunday.


Second-Round Schedule

2014 NBA Playoffs: Schedule for 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 9Thunder 118, Clippers 112Thunder 2-1
4Thunder at ClippersMay 113:30 p.m.ABC
5Clippers 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 8Spurs 114, Blazers 97Spurs 2-0
3Spurs at BlazersMay 10Spurs 118, Blazers 103Spurs 3-0
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 9Pacers 85, Wizards 63Pacers 2-1
4Pacers at WizardsMay 118 p.m.TNT
5Wizards 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 8Heat 94, Nets 82Heat 2-0
3Heat at NetsMay 10Nets 104, Heat 90Heat 2-1
4Heat at NetsMay 128 p.m.TNT
5*Nets at HeatMay 14TBDTNT
6*Heat at NetsMay 16TBDESPN
7*Nets at HeatMay 19TBDABC; *Denotes if necessary


Updated Bracket

Eastern Conference

First RoundConference SemifinalsConference Finals
(1) Pacers 4  
(8) Hawks 3  
 (1) Pacers 2 
(4) Bulls 1(5) Wizards 1 
(5) Wizards 4 TBD
(3) Raptors 3  
(6) Nets 4(6) Nets 1 
 (2) Heat 2 
(2) Heat 4  
(7) Bobcats 0  


Western Conference

First RoundConference SemifinalsConference Finals
(1) Spurs 4  
(8) Mavericks 3  
 (1) Spurs 3 
(4) Rockets 2(5) Trail Blazers 0 
(5) Trail Blazers 4 TBD
(3) Clippers 4  
(6) Warriors 3(3) Clippers 1 
 (2) Thunder 2 
(2) Thunder 4  
(7) Grizzlies 3  


Sunday Predictions

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers

As expected, this has been an exciting matchup with an up-tempo pace that's allowed the stars on both sides to shine. Both teams have scored over 100 points in all three games. It's a trend that's likely to continue throughout the series.

One factor that's really stood out in the first three games is the immense importance of Oklahoma City's role players. Everybody knows what Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are capable of, and Serge Ibaka is a solid third option and rim protector. They can't win the series alone, though.

The Thunder count on players like Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler and Reggie Jackson to provide the rest of the production. They weren't able to do so in Game 1, and it's no surprise that's the only game Oklahoma City has lost in the series so far.

Down 2-1, the pressure is obviously on Los Angeles heading into Game 4. It can't allow the Thunder to return home with an opportunity to close out the series. In turn, the Associated Press (via USA Today) passed along comments from Durant, who knew a very tricky challenge was on the horizon:

"We did a good job of weathering storms throughout the game and sticking together. We're going to have to do that even more next game if we want to win. It's probably going to be the toughest game of the series."

If the Clippers are going to level the series, they must do a better job on the glass. The Thunder won the rebounding battle by 43 over the first three games combined. It's hard to overcome that type of edge consistently. Los Angeles doesn't need to win the battle, but it must become more competitive.

Knowing their season is likely on the line, expect to see a far more complete effort from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Co. on Sunday. It should be another close game in a series that will be filled with them, but the Clippers will find a way to come out on top.

Prediction: Clippers 108, Thunder 103


Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards

It would be difficult to find another set of two series in the same round with such an extreme contrast. The Thunder and Clippers are lighting up the scoreboard. The Pacers and Wizards are slugging it out in a series where any type of offensive rhythm as been fleeting.

The good news for Indiana is that Roy Hibbert is finally showing signs of being a useful player again. After scoring no points in three of the team's first eight playoff games, the center has scored 42 points over the past two, both Pacers wins.

On the flip side, the Wizards are struggling mightily to find their collective outside shooting stroke. They are 9-of-37 (24 percent) over the past two games after hitting 10 of 16 (63 percent) attempts in their Game 1 win.

They don't have a big enough inside scoring presence to overcome struggles from long range. Even knowing that, Game 3 was a major low point. ESPN Stats and Info notes that performance was one of the worst in playoff history during the shot-clock era:

Washington finds itself in the same position as Los Angeles. It needs to level the series now, or it will need to win three straight games against an Indiana squad that might be rounding into form. So the pressure is undoubtedly rising.

The Wizards ranked fourth in three-point percentage during the regular season. In other words, they are due to bounce back after a couple poor shooting performances. Look for Bradley Beal to lead an offensive resurgence as Washington evens the series.

Prediction: Wizards 96, Pacers 92



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