Here’s your NBA first round playoff schedule

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We bring you this so you know when to clear out your schedule for the next couple weeks. Or at least when to set your DVR.

Here is the schedule for all eight first round NBA playoff series. The time and station for the later series remains up in the air (due to some series going longer than others), but you get the idea.

All times Eastern.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

San Antonio vs. Dallas

Game 1 – Sun at San Antonio 1:00PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed at San Antonio 8:00PM NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat at Dallas 4:30PM TNT
Game 4 – April 28 at Dallas 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at San Antonio TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Dallas TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at San Antonio TBD

Oklahoma City vs. Memphis

Game 1 – Sat at Oklahoma City 9:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Mon at Oklahoma City 8:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Memphis 8:00PM TNT
Game 4 – Sat at Memphis 9:30PM ESPN
Game 5 * April 29 at Oklahoma City TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Memphis TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Oklahoma City TBD TNT

L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State

Game 1 – Sat at L.A. Clippers 3:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Mon at L.A. Clippers 10:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Golden State 10:30PM TNT
Game 4 – April 27 at Golden State 3:30PM ABC
Game 5 * April 29 at L.A. Clippers TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Golden State TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at L.A. Clippers TBD TNT

Houston vs. Portland

Game 1 – Sun at Houston 9:30PM TNT
Game 2 – Wed at Houston 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri at Portland 10:30PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 27 at Portland 9:30PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Houston TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Portland TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Houston TBD

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Indiana vs. Atlanta

Game 1 – Sat at Indiana 7:00PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue at Indiana 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 – Thu at Atlanta 7:00PM NBA TV
Game 4 – April 26 at Atlanta 2:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 28 at Indiana 8:00PM NBA TV
Game 6 * May 1 at Atlanta TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Indiana TBD TNT

Miami vs. Charlotte

Game 1 – Sun at Miami 3:30PM ABC
Game 2 – Wed at Miami 7:00PM TNT
Game 3 – April 26 at Charlotte 7:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 28 at Charlotte 7:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Miami TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Charlotte TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Miami TBD

Toronto vs. Brooklyn

Game 1 – Sat at Toronto 12:30PM ESPN
Game 2 – Tue at Toronto 7:30PM NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri at Brooklyn 7:00PM ESPN2
Game 4 – April 27 at Brooklyn 7:00PM TNT
Game 5 * April 30 at Toronto TBD
Game 6 * May 2 at Brooklyn TBD
Game 7 * May 4 at Toronto TBD

Chicago vs. Washington

Game 1 – Sun at Chicago 7:00PM TNT
Game 2 – Tue at Chicago 9:30PM TNT
Game 3 – Fri at Washington 8:00PM ESPN
Game 4 – April 27 at Washington 1:00PM ABC
Game 5 * April 29 at Chicago TBD
Game 6 * May 1 at Washington TBD
Game 7 * May 3 at Chicago TBD TNT

Chris Paul injures right hamstring, status unclear for Game 6 vs. Warriors

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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul played the part of the hero for the home team on Thursday night as Houston beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to take a 3-2 series lead.

Now, the question is whether Paul will be able to play in Game 6 on Saturday night.

After a game in which the Rockets were not particularly offensively impressive, Paul came up with some clutch baskets despite struggling overall. Paul got the better of the Golden State defense several times from beyond the arc, including one instance in which he gave a shoulder shimmy to Stephen Curry, allowing the Warriors guard a dose of his own medicine.

But Paul appeared to injure his right hamstring on a play with 51 seconds to go in fourth quarter as he was shooting a floater in the lane. After his shot, Paul remained on the ground and down at the Houston end of the floor as possession changed sides. Paul left the game some 30 seconds later, and was unable to finish the game.

The Rockets point guard had already been battling a right foot injury and had to get lots of treatment just to be able to play in Game 5. It’s not entirely surprising that Paul injured himself on his right side. A weakened link in the kinetic chain tends to force other muscles and joints to compensate for injured areas. When overused or improperly used, the chance for a new injury in another part of the kinetic chain — say, up the leg and into the hamstring — is entirely possible.

That seems like what happened to Paul on Thursday night, but we will have to wait for official word from the team before we know whether he will be playing on Saturday. Hamstring issues can the nagging and despite lots of treatment there is also the swelling that will occur when Paul has to fly to Oakland.

As expected, Chris Paul said he will be good to go (players are the worst at providing a timeline for their injuries).

Houston coach Mike D’Antoni says that Paul will be evaluated tomorrow and will be continuing to get treatment but he is not worried about someone being able to fill Paul’s shoes. That’s certainly the right thing to say for D’Antoni but we know how Game 6 might go if CP3 is unable to play.

Chris Paul plays the hero as Warriors devolve to iso ball in Game 5 loss

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I personally thought a Western Conference Finals game couldn’t get any uglier after I watched Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

Boy, was I wrong.

Thursday night’s Game 5 matchup between the Rockets and the Warriors two teams produced three heinous quarters of NBA playoff basketball, made even more unbearable by the fact that we know how good these two teams can be when they’re really humming.

Much as it was in Game 4 it was Houston’s defense that was on display, ironically forcing the Warriors to play much in the way the Rockets do when they lose. Golden State battled the shot clock with isolation ball much of the game, with Kevin Durant getting the ball at the top of the arc as some of the league’s top players — including a two-time MVP in Stephen Curry — widened the floor in a 1-4 flat set for the 7-foot wing.

To their credit, both Curry and Durant were in good shooting form through the first half but as the periods ground on they started to slow. Draymond Green was Draymond-y, scoring 12 points while grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds with four assists. Statistically, it’s hard to understand how the Warriors lost. Golden State shot better from the field, from the arc, and from the charity stripe. But their scoring was concentrated and their offense predictable at just the wrong moments.

Houston’s attack was nothing to shake a stick at, either. James Harden‘s scored just 19 points on 5-of-21 shooting, and as a unit the Rockets doled out 12 assists. Incessant switching and a tendency to hound the ball on defense allowed Houston to force a whopping 18 turnovers from Golden State. It was the most important statistic of the game for the Rockets, who scored 18 points on those turnovers despite being outpaced in 3-point shooting, points in the paint, and in fastbreak buckets.

Then, the fourth quarter happened. Everything changed, and as we are wont to do, the game felt much cleaner. Both teams had their energy up, they traded baskets, and the lead went back-and-forth.

Enter Chris Paul.

Houston’s point guard was the savior, scoring 20 points on a piddly 6-of-19 shooting performance. But Paul’s box score did not tell the tale of his impact on the game. Several times with the shot clock winding down, Paul came up with big beyond-the-arc buckets, at one point hitting one over Curry, giving him back a shoulder shimmy much the way the Warriors point guard did in Game 4.

Paul’s leadership pushed Houston forward, but his commitment during Game 5 might get overlooked after the Rockets point guard was forced to check out of the game after a play with 51 seconds remaining. On a floater in the lane, Paul appeared to hurt his right hamstring. Unable to play, Paul had to watch the final minute from the Houston bench, and his availability for Game 6 is currently up in the air.

It was ugly and it was gritty, but the Rockets beat Golden State on Thursday night, 98-94, to take Game 5 and a 3-2 series win as the Western Conference Finals heads back to Oakland.

Now, we look toward Game 6 in California on Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 PM PST.

Eric Gordon buckets, Draymond Green turnover seals game for Rockets

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For the second game in a row, the Houston Rockets were clutch in the fourth quarter and the defending champion Warriors clanked and fumbled their way to a loss.

Houston won Game 3 98-94 because down the stretch Eric Gordon made plays (and free throws) and Draymond Green fumbled away the Warriors chance.

It started with the Rockets up one with less than two minutes to go, when Eric Gordon — who led the Rockets with 24 points — drained a three that gave Houston some breathing room.

Six seconds later, Draymond Green answered with a three to keep it a one-point game.

With 10 seconds left in the game, a Trevor Ariza free throw made it a two-point game, giving the Warriors a chance to come down and tie or win. Then Green did this.

Gordon was fouled, hit two free throws, and it was ballgame.

The Rockets are now up 3-2 in the series and are one win away from the Finals.

Draymond Green thought Warriors might trade him after fight with Steve Kerr

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Draymond Green is the backbone of the Golden State Warriors, not just because he was the 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Green sort of does it all, including passing, scoring, rebounding, and myriad other scrap work that doesn’t show up on regular box scores.

But there was some doubt in Green’s mind in 2016 that he would stay with the team. Green was involved in an argument during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and after things settled down the Warriors big man was concerned the team might trade him.

The thought of doing so is sort of ridiculous, but apparently that was something that flashed into Green’s mind given the tenseness of the situation between he and Kerr.

Via Bleacher Report:

But Green’s mood was still foul, and he left the arena that day believing his days as a Warrior were numbered. He feared the relationship had been fractured, that the Warriors would choose Kerr over him. That he’d be traded.

“One hundred percent,” Green tells B/R. “Especially with the success that he was having as a coach. Like, you just don’t get rid of that.”

The thing that makes Golden State great isn’t just the players, or the system, or Kerr. It’s the human resources management aspect of their organization that allows them to compete on the court in the way they do.

It’s not crazy to think that a player could be shipped out of town thanks to a disagreement with a coach, although the leverage players have these days likely has put a stop to that realistically happening. But that Kerr, Green, and management were able to get things back under control that season was to the benefit of everyone involved.