2014 NBA Playoffs

NBA Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info, Updated Bracket for Conference Finals

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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 24, 2014

The 2014 NBA playoffs have been fantastic if you like buzzer-beaters, shootouts and physical play, but isn't that what you'd expect when the top-two teams from each conference were the only ones remaining?

We expected it from the East given the lack of quality in the conference, but the fact that the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder made it through the tough opponents of the West speaks to the level of basketball these two teams are playing.

With two games down in each series, there is still plenty more basketball to come. The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are knotted at one game apiece, while the Spurs have a huge 2-0 lead over OKC. There's still plenty of time for either series to go either way.

Don't miss a single dribble of the remaining games. With the four best teams in the league in action, there will definitely be some fireworks. Below is a full TV schedule, along with an updated playoffs bracket.

 

Updated Bracket

An updated NBA playoffs bracket can be found here.

 

TV Info

2014 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals TV Info
GameEastern Conference FinalsDateTime (ET)TV
1Indiana Pacers 107, Miami Heat 96Sunday, May 183:30 p.m.ABC
2Miami Heat 87, Indiana Pacers 83Tuesday, May 208:30 p.m.ESPN
3Indiana Pacers at Miami HeatSaturday, May 248:30 p.m.ESPN
4Indiana Pacers at Miami HeatMonday, May 268:30 p.m.ESPN
5*Miami Heat at Indiana PacersWednesday, May 288:30 p.m.ESPN
6*Indiana Pacers at Miami HeatFriday, May 308:30 p.m.ESPN
7*Miami Heat at Indiana PacersSunday, June 18:30 p.m.ESPN
GameWestern Conference FinalsDateTime (ET)TV
1San Antonio Spurs 122, Oklahoma City Thunder 105Monday, May 199 p.m.TNT
2San Antonio Spurs 112, Oklahoma City Thunder 77Wednesday, May 219 p.m.TNT
3San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderSunday, May 258:30 p.m.TNT
4San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderTuesday, May 279 p.m.TNT
5*Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio SpursThursday, May 299 p.m.TNT
6*San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ThunderSaturday, May 318:30 p.m.TNT
7*Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio SpursMonday, June 29 p.m.TNT
ESPN.com, *if necessary

 

Eastern Conference Finals

The Pacers dominated the Heat in Game 1, as a consistent effort right from the opening tip was enough to take an early one-game lead over the two-time defending NBA champions.

That same consistency was lost in Game 2, however. Miami came out strong with a solid defensive effort and locked up a gritty win on the road. Now heading back home to Miami, the Heat are in a good position to make some noise.

They would have been in better position if Pacers star Paul George had to miss time due to a concussion he suffered in Game 2.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN tweeted on Friday that George thinks he'll be able to play:

The Pacers' official account confirmed that he'll be active in Game 3:

There's still reason to believe that George might not be able to play full speed even if active. He took a hard blow to the head that resulted in the concussion. Pacers coach Frank Vogel could choose to give him lesser minutes.

For the Heat, Dwyane Wade has been crucial. How crucial? Well, Zach Harper of CBS Sports broke down just how valuable he has been:

Throughout the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals redux against the Indiana Pacers, Wade has been the team's best scoring option. He's averaging a team high 25 points and shooting 64.7 percent. This is coming after he made a career-best 54.5 percent over the course of the season. He became such an efficient scorer in terms of field goal percentage because he understands his weaknesses. He's abandoned the 3-point shot almost entirely. He took only 32 attempts in 54 games. It's a good idea considering he's made only 28.9 percent of his career attempts.

With Wade firing on all cylinders, the Heat will be dangerous in the remaining games of the series.

 

Western Conference Finals

The missing piece for OKC might be close to returning. Serge Ibaka hasn't played in either game of the Western Conference Finals, but the defensive stalwart might see time before the series is over, tweets Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

OKC has really missed Ibaka. Defensively, he redirects shots and makes it difficult for opposing players to drive to the basket. Big men have difficulties backing him down because of his length, as well.

Offensively, Ibaka is a clear upgrade over Kendrick Perkins and Nick Collison—two players that have seen more time as a result of his injury. Inserting Ibaka back into the lineup will put less pressure on MVP Kevin Durant and his running mate, Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder have the weapons to come back in this series, but Tim Duncan and the Spurs are playing so cohesively right now that it won't be easy.

San Antonio has the playoff experience that OKC still lacks. The Spurs seek revenge on the Heat after coming within a few plays of a championship last season. That motivation might inevitably prove to be too much for OKC to overcome.

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