NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Viewing Info for Remainder of Conference Semifinals

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NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: Viewing Info for Remainder of Conference Semifinals
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It took quite a few games in each of the four series, but each of the NBA Conference Semifinals showdowns are starting to kick it up a notch as they reach a conclusion.

It's about time. After the first round gave fans the best set of seven-game series the NBA has offered in quite some time, the second round was quite the dud up until a few games ago.

Now? Stars are stepping up. Some teams are collapsing, finding themselves and collapsing again. Those with their backs against the wall have fought back to some degree. The classic referee controversy adds another layer of intrigue.

Add it all up, and the final few games of each series are must-see action. Here's a look at the remainder of the slate.

 

2014 NBA Playoffs: Schedule for Round 2
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
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 Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Thunder 3-2
6* Thunder at Clippers May 15 10:30 p.m. ESPN
7* Clippers at Thunder May 18 TBD TNT
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
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, Trail Blazers 103 Spurs 3-0
4 Spurs at Blazers May 12 Trail Blazers 103, Spurs 92 Spurs 3-1
5* Blazers at Spurs May 14 9:30 p.m. TNT
6* Spurs at Blazers May 16 TBD ESPN
7* Blazers at Spurs May 19 TBD TNT
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
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 Wizards 102, Pacers 79 Pacers 3-2
6* Pacers at Wizards May 15 8 p.m. ESPN
7* Wizards at Pacers May 18 TBD TBD
Game Matchup Date Time (ET) TV
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 7 p.m. TNT
6* Heat at Nets May 16 TBD ESPN
7* Nets at Heat May 19 TBD ABC

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Indiana Pacers Look to Find Themselves Against Washington

It would be erroneous to suggest the Indiana Pacers' season is on the line Thursday night, but it sure feels like it.

After winning the third and fourth games of the series to take a commanding lead and put themselves in a position to put the young Washington Wizards away for good, Frank Vogel's team went out and laid an egg of epic proportions via a 102-79 loss at home.

Which would explain why it feels like everything rides on Thursday night. It's great the Pacers have two games to win the series, but them going home after a loss to Washington on Thursday and grabbing a win is no guarantee. That's why David West's line of thinking, via the Pacers Twitter account, is quite dangerous:

Effort and unity have been a question mark for quite some time. It won't go away any time soon after the Pacers were out-rebounded 62-23 in Game 5, which created some head-turning stats, via Numbers Never Lie:

Only two players scored in double digits in that loss (David West 17, Paul George 15), while Washington's Marcin Gortat bullied his way to 31 points and John Wall added 27.

So once again, fans have no idea which version of the Pacers will show up. The NBA's most unpredictable team will be the surefire topic of conversation when all is said and done Thursday night.

 

The Los Angeles Clippers and Adversity

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As if the Los Angeles Clippers needed any more drama, Chris Paul and Co. took a knockout punch in the final round of Tuesday's thriller via a 105-104 loss that was highlighted—and arguably decided—by a controversial call.

Coach Doc Rivers was none too thrilled with the call, as captured by ESPN:

The call is an eye-of-the-beholder type deal, but the fact of the overarching matter is rather simple—the Clippers should not have been in that situation to begin with, as they surrendered a rather large lead in a short amount of time, as ESPN Stats & Info illustrates:

Those final four minutes saw the Clippers shoot 1-of-6 from the field and turn the ball over three times.

Sorry, but that's not playoff basketball. It most certainly will not get the job done in a tiebreaker showdown with the complexion of the series on the line.

For all the good Chris Paul and his 17 points and 14 assists did, he can shoulder the majority of the blame for the collapse. It does not help that the Clippers don't have anyone on the roster who can slow Russell Westbrook, who dropped 38 points on Tuesday.

Coincidentally enough, the alleged botch by the refs and collapse by the Clippers saved the woeful Pacers, as NBA.com's Sekou Smith points out:

There's no escaping the limelight for Paul and the Clippers. Thursday at home decides their season.

 

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