Second round playoff schedule set

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If the second round can just live up to 75 percent of the first round we are all going to be hoarse.

After five Game 7s in two days the matchups for the second round are set — Spurs/Trail Blazers and Clippers/Thunder out West, Heat/Nets and Wizards/Pacers in the East.

Here is the complete schedule of games for this round.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

San Antonio vs. Portland

Game 1 – Tuesday at San Antonio 9:30 PM TNT
Game 2 – Thursday at San Antonio 9:30 PM ESPN2
Game 3 – Saturday at Portland 10:30 PM ESPN
Game 4 – May 12 at Portland 10:30 PM TNT
Game 5 * May 14 at San Antonio TBD TNT
Game 6 * May 16 at Portland TBD ESPN
Game 7 * May 19 at San Antonio TBD TNT

Oklahoma City vs. L.A. Clippers

Game 1 – Monday at Oklahoma City 9:30 PM TNT
Game 2 – Wednesday at Oklahoma City 9:30 PM TNT
Game 3 – Friday at L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ESPN
Game 4 – May 11 at L.A. Clippers 3:30 PM ABC
Game 5 * May 13 at Oklahoma City TBD TNT
Game 6 * May 15 at L.A. Clippers TBD ESPN
Game 7 * May 18 at Oklahoma City TBD TNT

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Indiana vs. Washington

Game 1 – Monday at Indiana 7:00 PM TNT
Game 2 – Wednesday at Indiana 7:00 PM TNT
Game 3 – Friday at Washington 8:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – May 11 at Washington 8:00PM TNT
Game 5 * May 13 at Indiana TBD TNT
Game 6 * May 15 at Washington TBD ESPN
Game 7 * May 18 at Indiana TBD

Miami vs. Brooklyn

Game 1 – Tuesday at Miami 7:00 PM TNT
Game 2 – Thursday at Miami 7:00PM ESPN2
Game 3 – Saturday at Brooklyn 8:00PM ABC
Game 4 – May 12 at Brooklyn 8:00PM TNT
Game 5 * May 14 at Miami TBD TNT
Game 6 * May 16 at Brooklyn TBD ESPN
Game 7 * May 18 at Miami TBD ABC

LeBron James rejects Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim

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Through the first couple games of the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up impressive numbers — he dropped 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists on the Cavaliers Friday night.

But the Cavaliers still have LeBron James.

He had 24 points and 8 assists, leading Cleveland to the win.

LeBron also reminded the Greek Freak just how good a rim protector he is. Few people can slow Antetokounmpo on the drive, but LeBron is one of them.

Is it too early to root for a Cavs vs. Bucks playoff series?

Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry out with fractured wrist

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In their season opener Wednesday, Atlanta second-year man DeAndre’ Bembry came off the bench and played 17:45, scored six points and was +13 on the night. It was a good start to his career.

But now he is going to miss some time with a fractured wrist.

Bembry underwent an MRI, which revealed a fracture in his right wrist, the Hawks announced Friday. He will return to Atlanta with the team (the Hawks lost to the Hornets Friday night) and will meet with team doctors at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday. His status will be updated after that.

“We just may play some other guys more, we may use some of the young guys,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told the AP before Friday night’s game. “We’ll just figure it out tonight and as we move forward. I don’t think there’s anything guaranteed for anybody, it’s unfortunate for DeAndre’ and for us.”

 

Danny Ainge says Celtics will apply for Disabled Player Exception

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It’s not likely Gordon Hayward returns this season. His agent said as much, although a return in March is not out of the question. (It’s better PR wise for the Celtics to say he is out for the season, then if he returns early great, it’s better than setting a deadline he doesn’t meet.)

With that, the Celtics are going to apply for the Disabled Player Exception, which could help them land a replacement player, Danny Ainge told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe on Friday the club is applying for the Disabled Player Exception, which would provide the Celtics $8.4 million to pursue a player to fill Hayward’s roster spot.

“We’re in the process of doing that,’’ Ainge said. “We have a while to do that. There’s no urgency, but we will apply for that.”

There are limits to what that money can get the Celtics. The money is the same as the mid-level exception, the Celtics can go over the cap to use it, and the player can be obtained via free agency or trade. However, the player must be in the last year of his contract.

It gives the Celtics options. It also does not mean Hayward cannot return, it only means NBA-approved doctors determined he is not likely to return before a mid-June deadline.

Kings hire former WNBA Seattle coach Jenny Boucek as assistant

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The NBA now has a third female assistant coach.

The first was Becky Hammon, who has been part of Gregg Popovich’s Spurs staff for several years (and has coached their Summer League team). The second was Nancy Leiberman, who has been on the staff in Sacramento for a couple of seasons now.

Now the Kings have hired former Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek as an assistant coach on Dave Joerger’s staff. She will work as an assistant player development coach.

A former WNBA player in the league’s inaugural season, the past three years she has coached the WNBA’s Seattle Storm (she was fired midway through the last season), and prior to that had been the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09.