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Old 04-12-18, 09:04 AM   #1
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2018 NBA Playoffs Thread



Here is the full schedule for the 2018 first-round playoff series.

Playoff Picture | Standings

Eastern Conference -- First Round

(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards

Game 1: Sat. April 14 Washington at Toronto. 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tue. April 17 Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3: Fri. April 20 Toronto at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Toronto at Washington, TBD
*Game 7: Wed. April 25 Washington at Toronto, TBD

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks

Game 1: Sun. April 15 Milwaukee at Boston, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Tue, April 17 Milwaukee at Boston, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Fri. April 20 Boston at Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Boston at Milwaukee, 1 p.m., ABC-R
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 Milwaukee at Boston, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Boston at Milwaukee, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 Milwaukee at Boston, TNT

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat

Game 1: Sat. April 14 Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Mon. April 16 Miami at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sat. April 21 Philadelphia at Miami, 2:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 Miami at Philadelphia, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Philadelphia at Miami, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 Miami at Philadelphia, TNT

(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers


Game 1: Sun. April 15 Indiana at Cleveland, 3:30 p.m., ABC-R
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m., TNT-R
Game 3: Fri. April 20 Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN-R
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Cleveland at Indiana, 8:30 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Cleveland at Indiana, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Indiana at Cleveland, TBD

Western Conference - First Round
(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves

Game 1: Sun. April 15 Minnesota at Houston, 9 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Minnesota at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Sat. April 21 Houston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., ESPN-R
Game 4: Mon. April 23 Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.,TNT-R
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Minnesota at Houston, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Houston at Minnesota, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Minnesota at Houston, TBD

(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs

Game 1: Sat. April 14 San Antonio at Golden State, 3 p.m., ABC-R
Game 2: Mon. April 16 San Antonio at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT-R
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 4: Sun. April 22 Golden State at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m., ABC-R
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 San Antonio at Golden State, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Golden State at San Antonio, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 San Antonio at Golden State, TNT

(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans

Game 1: Sat. April 14 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 2: Tue. April 17 New Orleans at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Thu. April 19 Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4: Sat. April 21 Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m., TNT
*Game 5: Tue. April 24 New Orleans at Portland, TBD
*Game 6: Thu. April 26 Portland at New Orleans, TBD
*Game 7: Sat. April 28 New Orleans at Portland,TNT

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz


Game 1: Sun. April 15 Utah at Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Wed. April 18 Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3: Sat. April 21 Oklahoma City at Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: Mon. April 23 Oklahoma City at Utah, 10:30 p.m. TNT
*Game 5: Wed. April 25 Utah at Oklahoma City, TBD
*Game 6: Fri. April 27 Oklahoma City at Utah, TBD
*Game 7: Sun. April 29 Utah at Oklahoma City, TBD


All times are eastern

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Old 04-12-18, 02:58 PM   #2
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Spoiler:
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Old 04-12-18, 03:03 PM   #3
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Old 04-12-18, 03:30 PM   #4
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That was quite the prank post. I salute you.
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Old 04-12-18, 03:37 PM   #5
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Not mine, but I was fooled by it as well and got excited for a minute.
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Old 04-12-18, 05:53 PM   #6
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Fooled me too. At first I thought, "Is he out of his cotton pickin' mind to come back now?" But then I saw the date.
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Old 04-12-18, 06:33 PM   #7
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Fooled me too. At first I thought, "Is he out of his cotton pickin' mind to come back now?" But then I saw the date.
The best part are the comments on there...
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Fooled me too. At first I thought, "Is he out of his cotton pickin' mind to come back now?" But then I saw the date.
Umm.
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Old 04-13-18, 07:09 PM   #9
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The Warriors better not get too cocky.

Those long playoff runs and injuries might catch up to them and it is not a given everything will click and they will be a machine again if they play the Rockets.
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Old 04-14-18, 12:27 AM   #10
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First Round Predictions:
Raptors in 6
Celtics in 6
76ers in 7
Cavaliers in 7
Rockets in 5
Warriors in 6
Blazers in 6
Jazz in 7
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Old 04-16-18, 07:09 AM   #11
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Surprised to not see more talk about yesterday's games. That Celtics/Bucks finish, Cavs getting handled...etc. Some great basketball.
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Old 04-16-18, 09:26 AM   #12
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Yes. Nothing makes the day better than seeing LeQueen get beat.
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Old 04-16-18, 09:47 AM   #13
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Celtics-Bucks finish was nuts, and the Cs could've easily packed it in. I continue to be thrilled with Tatum and Brown's progress, and never expected this much out of Marcus Morris after the Avery Bradley trade.
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Old 04-16-18, 09:51 AM   #14
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LeBron's stats for 1st round were crazy. Before this game, he never lost a 1st round series (12-0), never lost game 1 of the 1st round, and his teams had won 21 1st round games in a row.

And this was an absolute beatdown on Cleveland's home court. Pacers are a dangerous team. I think it was huge for the Sixers to avoid them in round one, seeing a big gap between the Pacers and the last 3 playoff teams fighting for seeding.

I wasn't sure what we'd get from the Sixers in round one, but after a shaky 1st half they really turned it on. Embiid sounds like he's on target on return when the series goes to Miami. Earlier in this season, and last season, the difference between Embiid playing or not was the difference between the Sixers being a playoff quality team and an outright bad team. But during the season-closing winning stream it seems the team has figured how to succeed without Embiid, with Simmons and 4 guys who can shoot and play defense.
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I saw Fultz had a triple double and put up good numbers during Philly's stretch run. Is he going to have a major impact off the bench in the playoffs?
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I saw Fultz had a triple double and put up good numbers during Philly's stretch run. Is he going to have a major impact off the bench in the playoffs?
At this point, I think Sixers would be happy with the 15-25 minutes of bench work he's been getting, spelling Simmons as ball handler (or playing with Simmons based on matchups). He looks like he needs more work to be an impact player.

He looks good at ball handling, but the shot isn't back yet. Maybe that's just a confidence thing, or maybe he knows he can help his team win this season more by letting others shoot for now. Philly drafted him #1 because he shot more than 40% from 3, in addition to handling point guard duty.

EDIT: Just noticed ESPN has an article asking exactly the same question. They come to essentially the same conclusion: he can contribute from the bench with ball handling and defense, but needs more work (confidence?) on shooting to be a true impact player.
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I saw Fultz had a triple double and put up good numbers during Philly's stretch run. Is he going to have a major impact off the bench in the playoffs?
I just don't think he can contribute as a 35+ minute starter until next year, as right now he subs for Ben Simmons (which is a damn good PG tandem for 48 minutes). He shows flashes of greatness, especially when he takes it to the hole, but his shot is too inconsistent to really make an impact like he could be in a few years. But it works for this team as Fultz and Simmons just slash to the rim to draw the defense in and JJ Reddick, Bellinelli, Ilyasova, Saric and Covington just sit there open for 3 pointers all game.

Right now the Sixers have a hell of bench with Fultz, Ilyasova, and Bellinelli, and that is the reason they are playing at this level compared to starting off the season 14-18, as they were still trying to find their way as a young team. I still worry some coach is going to 'Hack a Ben Simmons' or 'Hack a Fultz' one of these games, and I want to see how they react on a National Stage, because their foul shooting is around 56%.
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I see what you did there. You turned his male nickname into a female one as a way to insult him. You sure are clever.
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Man, the Sixers might not look so good tonight, but at least their uniforms do. I absolutely LOVE those alternate jerseys.
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Man, the Sixers might not look so good tonight, but at least their uniforms do. I absolutely LOVE those alternate jerseys.
We live by the 3 pointer......and die by the 3 pointer...... We were 7 for 36 from the arc tonight, while we were 18 for 28 on Saturday night. It is not confirmed but I believe Embiid will play in Game 3.
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Yeah, the 76ers were horrible behind the arc yesterday and Wade took over, I'm not sure that's a repeatable phenomenon but we'll see, Miami should be on fire for their first home game.

Spurs played about as well as they could and couldn't beat the Curry-less Warriors, Pop was his usual grumpy self, and Kawhi can't even be bothered to show up to cheer his teammates on.
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This Kawhi thing irks me so much.
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We live by the 3 pointer......and die by the 3 pointer...... We were 7 for 36 from the arc tonight, while we were 18 for 28 on Saturday night. It is not confirmed but I believe Embiid will play in Game 3.
You know it's not your night when Redick makes only 33% of his free throws.

Well, this is the kind of playoff toughening this young team needed to experience. We'll see what they're made out of, and whether they can learn. And if nothing else, this game puts to rest the silliness I heard from some Sixers fans saying that maybe the team was better without Embiid.
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This Kawhi thing irks me so much.
I really wonder if he can come back to the Spurs after this.

Then again there was a lot of bad blood with LaMarcus Aldridge last year and that's worked out very nicely this season.
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I'm not sure Kawhi wants to come back and that should look bad on him. As great as he is, that lack of drive to get back becomes cancerous. Also, who wants to deal with a player's camp?
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