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Here is your complete NBA first round playoff schedule


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)

LeBron says he knows teams are adding players because “they want to beat me”

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LeBron James is the best player on the planet when he dials it up, and he reminded every one of that leading his Cavaliers to the NBA title last season.

On the other side of the scale, after losing the title, the Golden State Warriors reloaded by adding Kevin Durant to a roster that already won 73 games and went to Game 7 of the NBA Finals last season. Along those same lines, the Spurs added Pau Gasol to replace Tim Duncan, and the Celtics picked up Al Horford to bolster a strong young team.

Joe Varden of The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked LeBron what he thought of all these teams stacking up.

“I know teams switch and pick up new coaches or new players, and their whole goal is kind of they want to beat me,” James told, in a candid discussion about the upcoming year and his place in the sport at age 31, in this his 14th season. “It’s never just about me, but I always hear them saying, ‘We gotta beat LeBron.’ It’s not just me on the court, but I understand that teams get together in this conference and across the league to try to beat me.”

If anyone should be used to having a target on his back, it’s LeBron.

And he’s not wrong.

The Warriors adding Durant was all styming how Cleveland and everyone else can defend the Warriors — particularly the small-ball “death lineup.” Oklahoma City and Cleveland had success putting their best defensive forward (Durant of OKC and LeBron for Clevealnd) on Draymond Green and switiching his pick-and-roll with Curry, then hoping Harrison Barnes didn’t make their big pay in a mismatch. Barnes couldn’t, it worked.

Now take out Barnes and put in Durant. Good luck defending that lineup now.

LeBron is right, the Warriors did target him. He’s the champ. He and the Cavaliers are the bar to clear. Can he and Cleveland rise up o task is the real question.

NBA TV host Kristen Ledlow says she was robbed at gunpoint

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ATLANTA (AP) — NBA TV personality Kristen Ledlow says she was robbed at gunpoint at her home.

The host of “NBA Inside Stuff” said on Twitter and Instagram Sunday that she was held up the day before “by three men who knew who I was, where I lived and were waiting for me when I got home.”

She says in addition to stealing her car, purse and phone, the thieves took her “sense of security.” She says she’ll be taking a break from social media as a result of the incident because she says she “will not become a slave to fear.”

Ledlow didn’t say where the incident took place. NBA TV is based in Atlanta.

Report: Pistons claim Beno Udrih off Miami’s waivers

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Miami felt set at point guard with Goran Dragic starting and the up-and-coming Tyler Johnson as his backup. They decided veteran Beno Udrih wasn’t part of the future and waived him.

Detroit, looking for some help at the one until Reggie Jackson returns, saw a dependable veteran guard on the market. So they snapped him up, reports Shams Charnaria of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

At age 34 we are seeing Udrih’s game start to slip. Still, he has valuable NBA skills as a point guard: he doesn’t turn the ball over, can run an offense, and if you ignore him coming off a pick he will bury the shot.

Jackson is expected to be out at least another six weeks after getting PRP therapy to deal with knee tendonitis (he hopes to be back sooner). That leaves Ish Smith as the starting point guard in the short term; Udrih will help provide solid depth at the position.

The Pistons need to keep their heads above water until Jackson can return.

NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement could run to 2024

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The first 12 years of the NBA’s salary-cap era went without a lockout. The league again avoided a lockout for a dozen straight years between 1999 to 2011.

Now, with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement coming soon, the NBA is setting itself up for another 12 years of labor peace.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are working on a seven-year extension to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, with a mutual opt-out in six years, league sources told The Vertical.

The seven-year deal could potentially deliver the NBA labor peace through the 2023-24 season, unless the opt-outs are exercised in 2022, league sources told The Vertical.

The new CBA will begin with the 2017-18 season.

Expect an opt out after six years. By then, there’s usually something to renegotiate.

Hope for another quick resolution, like we’re getting now.

And if neither the owners nor players opt out, be pleasantly surprised at an unprecedented 13th straight year without a lockout in this era.