The second round of the NBA playoffs is not shaping up to be nearly as exciting as the first. The first round was a tough act to follow, however.
Of the four series, only the battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers looks like it has any chance of going the distance.
Have a look at the results from this round and the TV coverage going forward, and then I'll offer up my predictions for the remainder of Round 2
Bracket: View a live bracket on NBA.com.
|2014 NBA Playoffs: Schedule for 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||Thunder 118, Clippers 112||Thunder 2-1|
|4||Thunder at Clippers||May 11||Thunder 99, Clippers 101||Series tied 2-2|
|5*||Clippers at Thunder||May 13||9:30 p.m.||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||Spurs 118, Blazers 103||Spurs 3-0|
|4||Spurs at Blazers||May 12||Spurs 92, Blazers 103||Spurs 3-1|
|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||Pacers 85, Wizards 63||Pacers 2-1|
|4||Pacers at Wizards||May 11||Pacers 95, Wizards 92||Pacers 3-1|
|5*||Wizards at Pacers||May 13||7 p.m.||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||Heat 90, Nets 104||Heat 2-1|
|4||Heat at Nets||May 12||Heat 102, Nets 96||Heat 3-1|
|5*||Nets at Heat||May 14||TBD||TNT|
|6*||Heat at Nets||May 16||TBD||ESPN|
|7*||Nets at Heat||May 19||TBD||ABC|
Pacers vs. Wizards
At the start of this series, the Washington Wizards were a sexy upset pick. They looked fantastic while beating the Chicago Bulls. Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers had to win the final two of their series against the Atlanta Hawks to avoid elimination.
In short, the Pacers were a train wreck. Somehow, this locomotive got back on track, and they have a firm grip on this series with a 3-1 lead.
The Pacers lost the first game of the series and have since seen their excellent defense return. It's certainly helped that Roy Hibbert has stopped looking like the worst player in basketball.
The Wizards almost evened this series at two in front of their home fans but couldn't hold on to a 19-point lead. With that, the series returns to Indiana, and the Wizards left their hope in Washington.
Prediction: Pacers advance, 4-1
Heat vs. Nets
The Miami Heat have looked every bit the two-time defending champion this postseason. Brooklyn is playing them tough, but the Nets still don't have anything to show for it but a 3-1 deficit.
Brooklyn hosted Game 4, and the game was tied with under a minute to go. Alas, this gets back to the point of the Heat resembling the two-time defending champions. Chris Bosh drilled a three, Ray Allen hit four free throws and LeBron James added another, as the Heat pulled out a 102-96 win.
Now the series heads back to Miami, and just like the Wizards, the Nets can kiss their chance of advancing good-bye. The Heat are not going to let an opportunity slip by to close out this series early on their home court.
Prediction: Heat advance, 4-1
Thunder vs. Clippers
The Clippers did what the Wizards and Nets were not able to do. That is win Game 4 to even their series.
The Thunder were dominant for 40 minutes in this game and led by as much as 22, but unfortunately for them, NBA games are longer than college games.
The Clippers launched a furious comeback. As the Associated Press noted in an article on ESPN.com, Chris Paul offered up this assessment of his team's performance: "We just willed this one. We found a way."
This is a huge turn of momentum. The Clippers are soaring from their dramatic turnaround, and the Thunder have to deal with the fact that they blew a golden opportunity to take control of the series.
This will help the Clippers neutralize the Thunder's home-court advantage next game. As they did in Game 1, the Clippers will steal a game in Oklahoma City and then return to Los Angeles to end this series in six.
Prediction: Clippers advance, 4-2
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