We’ve got a lot more stuff coming from PBT about how we got here — looking at the games tonight — and breaking down these matchups. And of course, we should have the series schedules up later tonight, once the league sends them out.
But for now here are the NBA first round playoff matchups.
No. 8 Milwaukee vs. No. 1 Miami (begins Sunday)
No. 7 Boston vs. No. 2 New York (begins Saturday at 3:00 PM ET)
No. 6 Atlanta vs. No. 3 Indiana (begins Sunday)
No. 5 Chicago vs. No. 4 Brooklyn (begins Saturday)
No. 8 Houston vs. No. 1 Oklahoma City (begins Sunday)
No. 7 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 2 San Antonio (begins Sunday)
No. 6 Golden State vs. No. 3 Denver (begins Sunday)
No. 5 Memphis vs. No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers (begins Saturday)
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.