NBA Playoffs 2014: Updated Schedule and 2nd-Round Breakdown

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 12, 2014

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The 2013-14 NBA season was filled with ups and downs from nearly every franchise. So with the playoffs now in the second round, was there ever any doubt that the postseason would be a microcosm of the regular season?

After sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats and taking a commanding lead in the second round, the Miami Heat were dismantled by the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3.

In the opening game of the other Eastern Conference series, the Indiana Pacers were trounced by the Washington Wizards. Since that point, though, the Pacers have taken a commanding 3-1 lead and appear to be back on track for a potential showdown with Miami in the next round.

Out West, there's really only one actual series taking place, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder tied up at two games apiece. As for the San Antonio Spurs, they are one game away from clinching and haven't shown any signs of slowing up against the Portland Trail Blazers.

With two of the series getting back underway on Monday night, here's a look at the updated schedule and breakdown of each matchup.

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 11Clippers 101, Thunder 99Series tied 2-2
5Clippers at ThunderMay 139:30 p.m.TNT
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 11Pacers 95, Wizards 92Pacers 3-1
5Wizards at PacersMay 137 p.m.TNT
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
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Breakdown of Remaining Games

As much as analysts—myself included—have beaten down the Pacers, it might be time to say they're officially back.

Roy Hibbert has finally returned to relevance, and Paul George looks like his All-Star self again. And the timing couldn't be more perfect, as they have the Wizards on the brink and either the Heat or Nets awaiting them in the next round.

Even with the game on the line and a 19-point deficit to overcome, George took over with a masterful performance in Game 4. ESPN Stats & Info points out just how rare the game was from the 24-year-old:

While that series is all but over for Washington, Los Angeles experienced a resurgence of their own over the weekend.

Facing an early 22-point deficit, the Clippers put on an inspiring show to pull out the 101-99 win. After the win, Brian Windhorst of ESPN explains where he believes Doc Rivers is in the NBA coaching stratosphere:

The only true peer Rivers has now is the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich, who has strong sway in all personnel decisions. Last year, for example, Popovich decided he was done with temperamental forward Stephen Jackson, so Jackson was cut just a week before the start of the playoffs. Coaches -- even high-profile, fully tenured coaches -- get fed up with players all the time but don't have the juice to cast them off the roster.

Pretty high praise for a coach who had a team in shambles just weeks ago.

With the Clippers coming back in Game 4, the time is now for them to pounce on the Thunder. Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City played phenomenal following his MVP speech, but the momentum is firmly leaning toward L.A. at this point.

As for the other two series, both the Spurs and Heat appear to still be the prized fighters. A win for Brooklyn on Monday night would do a lot for their confidence, but Miami is still too strong for the team to overcome.

In the West, San Antonio has thoroughly routed the Blazers in a one-sided series thus far. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland's MVP in the opening round, spoke about the Spurs' persistence, telling the Associated Press, "They're just persistent. They play championship basketball and that's what we have to get to."

While we've been waiting for the Spurs to finally show their age, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker simply age like a fine wine. As both are once again controlling a group of young stars, a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals seems destined to take place.

 

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