Here is your complete NBA first round playoff schedule

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Enough with the condensed schedule and the injuries and the tanking — let’s get it on with some real basketball. Playoff basketball. If you’re not pumped for this, go listen to some Linkin Park and come back. Yea, I didn’t know Linkin park was making new music either, but there you go.

So you can set your electronic calendar to send you text reminders of when the games you want to see are, here is the full schedule for the first round of the NBA playoffs. Every series starts this weekend, either Saturday or Sunday, then the games start to spread out. The playoff schedule is slightly condensed this year for the NBA, again you can thank the lockout for that.

All times are Eastern. An “*” means if necessary.

Western Conference

San Antonio vs. Utah

Game 1 – Sun April 29 at San Antonio 1:00PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Wed May 2 at San Antonio 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 3 – May 5 at Utah 10:00PM (TNT)
Game 4 – May 7 at Utah TBD
Game 5 * May 9 at San Antonio TBD
Game 6 * May 11 at Utah TBD
Game 7 * May 13 at San Antonio TBD

Oklahoma City vs. Dallas

Game 1 – Sat April 28 at Oklahoma City 9:30PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Mon April 30 at Oklahoma City 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 3 – Thu May 3 at Dallas 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 4 – May 5 at Dallas 7:30PM (TNT)
Game 5 * May 7 at Oklahoma City TBD
Game 6 * May 10 at Dallas TBD
Game 7 * May 12 at Oklahoma City TBD (TNT)

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver

Game 1 – Sun April 29 at L.A. Lakers 3:30PM (ABC)
Game 2 – Tue May 1 at L.A. Lakers 10:30PM (TNT)
Game 3 – May 4 at Denver 10:30PM (ESPN)
Game 4 – May 6 at Denver 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 5 * May 8 at L.A. Lakers TBD
Game 6 * May 10 at Denver TBD
Game 7 * May 12 L.A. Lakers TBD (TNT)

Memphis vs. L.A. Clippers

Game 1 – Sun April 29 at Memphis 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 2 – Wed May 2 at Memphis 9:30PM (TNT)
Game 3 – May 5 at L.A. Clippers 4:30PM (ESPN)
Game 4 – May 7 at L.A. Clippers TBD
Game 5 * May 9 at Memphis TBD
Game 6 * May 11 at L.A. Clippers TBD
Game 7 * May 13 at Memphis TBD

Eastern Conference

Chicago vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 – Sat April 28 at Chicago 1:00PM (TNT)
Game 2 – Tue May 1 at Chicago 8:00PM (TNT)
Game 3 – May 4 at Philadelphia 8:00PM (ESPN)
Game 4 – May 6 at Philadelphia 1:00PM (ABC)
Game 5 * May 8 at Chicago TBD
Game 6 * May 10 at Philadelphia TBD
Game 7 * May 12 at Chicago TBD (TNT)

Miami vs. New York

Game 1 – Sat April 28 at Miami 3:30PM (ABC)
Game 2 – Mon April 30 at Miami 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 3 – Thu May 3 at New York 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 4 – May 6 at New York 3:30PM (ABC)
Game 5 * May 9 at Miami TBD
Game 6 * May 11 at New York TBD
Game 7 * May 13 at Miami TBD

Indiana vs. Orlando

Game 1 – Sat April 28 at Indiana 7:00PM (ESPN)
Game 2 – Mon April 30 at Indiana 7:30PM (NBA TV)
Game 3 – Wed May 2 at Orlando 7:30PM (NBA TV)
Game 4 – May 5 at Orlando 2:00PM (ESPN)
Game 5 * May 8 at Indiana TBD
Game 6 * May 11 at Orlando TBD
Game 7 * May 13 at Indiana TBD

Boston vs. Atlanta

Game 1 – Sun April 29 at Atlanta 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 2 – Tue May 1 at Atlanta 7:30PM (NBA TV)
Game 3 – May 4 at Boston 7:30PM (ESPN2)
Game 4 – May 6 at Boston 7:00PM (TNT)
Game 5 * May 8 at Atlanta TBD
Game 6 * May 10 at Boston TBD
Game 7 * May 12 at Atlanta TBD (TNT)

Draymond Green goes down, Rockets rally to spoil Warriors ring night 122-121

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Draymond Green is not the best player on the Warriors. He’s third or fourth best, depending on what you think of him vs. Klay Thompson.

But Draymond Green is the most important Warrior — what they do defensively does not work without him (and their small ball playmaking suffers as well). Without him, they are not the same.

That was on full display Tuesday night in the season opener — the night the Warriors got their 31-diamond rings and the latest banner went up at Oracle Arena. Green tweaked his knee in the third quarter and did not play in the fourth, and that’s when the Rockets outscored the Warriors 34-20 to come from behind and steal a win, 122-121.

Kevin Durant almost saved the day for Golden State with a baseline jumper as time expired — the referees called it good, but an official review showed the ball was still in his hands when the buzzer went off.

James Harden had 27 points and 10 assists to lead the Rockets. However, the real story was their revamped bench outplaying the Golden State bench — Eric Gordon looked like the sixth man of the year with 24 points, P.J. Tucker had 20 and shot 4-of-6 from three, and Luc Mbah a Moute added 14.

The Rockets made their final push in this one with Chris Paul sitting on the bench. CP3 sat the final four-and-a-half minutes of the game, and the Rockets thrived with Gordon, Harden and an old-school (meaning, like last season) offense. After the game, coach Mike D’Antoni said that Paul was out there “playing on one leg” due to his knee problem, and Paul could miss more time.

Golden State was also without Andre Iguodala, who tweaked his back lifting weights over the weekend, according to coach Steve Kerr. Not having Green or Iguodala hurt the Warriors defense, especially against an elite offensive team.

Kevin Durant’s game winner waived off, he didn’t get shot off in time

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With Draymond Green sidelined after tweaking his knee in the third quarter, the Houston Rockets were able to make a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback and upset the Golden State.

But Kevin Durant almost saved the game for the Warriors.

Down one with 10 seconds to go, the Warriors were able to get Stephen Curry a good look at a three but he missed it. The ball was volleyballed around a little, and Durant got a hold of it and took a 15-footer along the baseline that the referees on the court ruled a game-winner — but when reviewed it left his hand a fraction of a second too late.

It was the right call. And this is a big boost for the Rockets as they try to find their identity going into a long season.

 

The Warriors’ championship rings have 31 diamonds in them (VIDEO)

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Tuesday night meant the return of NBA basketball, and of course what we all wanted to see: the Golden State Warriors.

In the second game of the evening, the Warriors squared off against the Houston Rockets. Before the teams tipped, the Warriors received their championship rings in front of their hometown crowd at Oracle Arena.

Wearing special Nike hoodies with the phrase “The Champions” on the back, the Warriors received their rings to a standing ovation.

Perhaps the best part of the ceremony was finding out the official gemstone count in the rings. According to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver, the rings have 31 diamonds in them.

Via Twitter:

Hmm. 31.

3-1.

3-1 lead.

Nope, doesn’t ring a bell.

Report: Cavaliers ditched Kyrie Irving tribute video idea vs. Celtics

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It was the first game for Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving back in Cleveland against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Irving spent the first six years of his career in Cleveland before being traded to the Celtics over the summer.

Of course, there was no love lost between the two teams nor between Cavaliers fans and Irving. Boston won the opening tip which Irving gathered, prompting a round of boos from the audience at The Q.

Perhaps more interesting was that the Cavaliers had a tribute video lined up for Irving but decided not to run it.

According to multiple reports, the video was set to run during a floating point in the game, but the operations folks in Cleveland never found the right time.

Another report from Cleveland.com has said that the aforementioned video had set off a few Cavaliers players.

Via Cleveland.com:

According to team spokesman Tad Carper, multiple Cavs officials, including majority owner Dan Gilbert, chose not to show the video because “we were expecting to run it at a floating opportunity based on the right moment, and we felt that moment never presented itself.”

Carper said the decision to cancel the video was not “directly” tied to the gruesome ankle injury to Celtics guard Gordon Hayward with 6:50 left in the first quarter, either.

A source with direct knowledge of Cavs’ players thinking told cleveland.com that several inside the Cleveland locker room were upset Monday upon hearing that a video was planned.

The video would have upset some inside the Cleveland locker room? I wonder which ones.