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

Report: Wizards signing Donald Sloan

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The Wizards look like they solved their backup-point-guard problems with Tim Frazier.

But they also looked like they solved their backup-point-guard problems with Trey Burke and then Brandon Jennings last year – and look how that turned out.

So, even after trading for Frazier, Washington is still trying to increase stability behind John Wall.
CSN Mid-Atlantic:

The Wizards added some depth to their backcourt on Thursday by signing veteran guard Donald Sloan to a one-year deal, CSN’s Chris Miller confirmed on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old Sloan has played for the Hawks, New Orleans Hornets, Cavaliers, Pacers and Nets in a five-year NBA career. He spent last season in China.

Sloan isn’t much of a scorer, and he’s only a decent distributor. But he makes up for it with all-around adequacy, highlighted by his rebounding for his position.

The veteran will compete with second-year Sheldon Mac, whose salary is just $50,000 guaranteed, to be Washington’s third point guard.

Report: Knicks sign Nigel Hayes to partially guaranteed deal

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Nigel Hayes became a cult hero at Wisconsin for bringing a “BROKE COLLEGE ATHLETE ANYTHING HELPS” sign to GameDay and soliciting Venmo donations, challenging the stenographer in a press conference and “accidentally” calling a stenographer beautiful in front of a hot mic.

After going undrafted, Hayes and his colorful personality are headed to New York, where Knicks fans are starving for fun.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Could Hayes stick into the regular season? The Knicks have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries, leaving one more spot for a player on an standard contract. Chasson Randle has an unguaranteed salary that becomes partially guaranteed around the time training camp opens. The Knicks could also sign other players, though they’re down to just minimum exceptions.

Hayes – a 6-foot-8 forward – has a chance, but he’s most likely ticketed to New York’s minor-league affiliate after being waived by the parent club.

Who is betting favorite to win Rookie of the Year? Lonzo Ball? Ben Simmons? Depends.

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The Rookie of the Year race is wide open heading into next season.

It’s that way every year — if you had predicted Malcolm Brogdon was going to win a year ago, you would have been laughed out of the building — but this coming season has a lot of talent at the top of the board who could win. Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum all have a real shot — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Who is the better favorite? Depends on where you do your betting.

The William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook (which works with a number of Las Vegas casinos, such as the SLS), has this (hat tip ESPN):

Lonzo Ball 9-5
Ben Simmons 5-2
Dennis Smith Jr. 4-1
Markelle Fultz 13-2
De'Aaron Fox 8-1
Jayson Tatum 8-1

The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has Simmons as the betting line favorite at 9-4

The online betting site Bovda.lv has this line

Lonzo Ball 9-4
Dennis Smith 3-1
Ben Simmons 5-1
Jayson Tatum 5-1
Markelle Fultz 8-1

Traditionally, Rookie of the Year goes to a guy who has the ball in his hands, is aggressive, and puts up raw numbers. It celebrates scorers.

This year a whole lot of guys can fit that bill, more than are mentioned here. It’s going to be a wild ride.

Check out the first NBA 2K18 trailer (VIDEO)

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The NBA season is coming… and that means NBA 2K18 also coming.

To whet the appetite of you gamers out there, check out the first trailer for the upcoming game, with music by Mobb Deep.

You can pre-order the game now.