Bulls lay the defensive hammer down on Nets, even Series 1-1

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BROOKLYN—Whatever pain Joakim Noah was feeling in that achy right foot would have to wait.Blowing a chance to even the Bulls’ playoff series would have hurt so much worse.Noah gutted his way through a foot injury that made it difficult to even run in Game 1, making three fourth-quarter baskets as the Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 90-82 on Monday night to tie their first-round series at one game apiece.

“I thought overall, I thought Jo was very rusty in the first game but willed it, and I thought he willed it again tonight and we needed every bit of it,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “To me, it’s obvious we’re a much better team with him on the floor.”

Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Luol Deng bounced back from a poor opener with 15 points and 10 boards for the Bulls, who became the first team to win a road game this postseason.They did it the only way they know how: with bruising Bulls defense.

“I feel like overall our team played passionate basketball tonight and that’s a plus, because it was ugly in that Game 1,” Noah said.

The Bulls held the Nets to two baskets in the third quarter to build a big enough lead to hold off a charge in the fourth.Noah finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who host Game 3 on Thursday.Brook Lopez scored 21 points for the Nets, who shot 35 percent from the field and were just 4 of 21 from 3-point range. Star point guard Deron Williams was 1 of 9, finishing with eight points.

“We didn’t get stops, which was the key for us because then we couldn’t get out and run like we wanted to,” Williams said. “We have to do a better job defensively next game. I’ve got to do a better job of everything really. This was a bad one for me.”

After an unrecognizable defensive effort in a 106-89 loss in Game 1, when they allowed the Nets to shoot 16 of 20 in the second quarter, the Bulls got back to the mentality that has helped them overcome a number of injuries, including the season-long absence of Derrick Rose.Noah, who has battled plantar fasciitis and whose status was in question coming into the series, played 25½ minutes, just passing the 20-to-25 that Thibodeau said he would be limited to.The All-Star center, who grew up and played high school basketball here, missed 12 of the final 15 games of the regular season. He was ineffective in 13 minutes Saturday, finishing with four points, but he was all over the court in the second half Monday, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds and fighting for any loose ball he could get near.

“He’s willing it is what he’s doing, and to his credit,” Thibodeau said.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points but shot 6 of 18 for the Nets, who couldn’t even reach the 87.5 points they averaged against the Bulls in the regular season, let alone the 106 they rang up in the opener.Two nights after the first major postseason game in Brooklyn since the 1956 World Series, the crowd wasn’t as energetic and neither were the Nets, who didn’t give the fans much to cheer about with poor starts in both halves.

“Our execution when they made an adjustment or when they increased the defensive pressure, we didn’t handle it or react as well as we need to,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

The Nets didn’t make their first field goal of the third quarter until Williams’ only basket of the game with 6:35 remaining in the period. Reggie Evans dunked less than a minute later, but that was about it for the Nets’ offense.Boozer converted a three-point play to start a 9-2 run to end the period, and the Bulls were ahead 69-57.Brooklyn was 2 of 19 (10.5 percent) in the quarter, missing all three 3-point attempts. Noah’s low-scoring backup, Nazr Mohammed, had as many baskets in the period as the Nets.The Bulls pushed it to 14 points early in the fourth before Brooklyn cut it to five. Noah had two baskets around a 3-pointer from Nate Robinson as the Bulls seemed in control again with an 80-68 lead, but Johnson hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 surge that trimmed it to 80-76 with 4:12 to play.But Johnson missed an open 3-pointer that could have cut it to one, and back-to-back baskets by Deng and Noah extended the lead to 86-78.The Nets were trying for their first 2-0 lead in a series since the first round in 2004, when they swept the Knicks. But they couldn’t get the quick pace that favored them in Game 1, forcing themselves to beat the defense in the half court, and they couldn’t do it.There were even some boos from the fans who stuck around to the end and had lost interest much earlier. The overhead video board encouraged them to wave towels during a third-quarter timeout, but it seemed it was mostly missed or ignored, as there was no noticeable response.The Nets missed eight of their first 10 shots, allowing the Bulls to get into the defensive game they need. Brooklyn shot just 33 percent in the first quarter, missed five of its six 3-point attempts, and the Visitors led 20-17.The second quarter is where it got away from the Bulls on Saturday, but this time they methodically increased their lead to seven midway through the period. A 12-3 run by the Nets, capped by three straight jumpers by Lopez from about the same spot, gave them a 39-37 lead, though the Bulls quickly stopped the momentum by answering with six straight and let 47-46 at the break.Kirk Hinrich finished with 13 points and Robinson had 11.

NOTES—This will be the first Bulls-Nets series that isn’t a sweep. The Bulls won 3-0 in the first round in 1998 during their last title run…..Former New York Giants teammates Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan sat together…..The 11 points tied the Nets’ franchise record low for the third quarter in a playoff game.

Hawks fall behind quickly, lose to Canucks 3-1

VANCOUVER—Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks lock up their fifth straight Northwest Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who won their eighth in a row at home and are guaranteed of home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.Henrik Sedin added two assists and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the Canucks, who have put some distance between themselves and slumping Minnesota in the past few weeks.Daniel Carcillo scored for the Hawks, who trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second. Cory Crawford made 29 saves as the NHL-leading Blackhawks made clinching first place overall a bit more difficult with a second straight loss.Coach Joel Quenville called this game the worst the Hawks have played this season.

Rush beat Utah on final play as Martinez kick’s winning field goal

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SALT LAKE CITY—The Rush won their third consecutive game of the season Saturday night as they defeated the Utah Blaze 59-56. The victory allowed the Rush to claim first place in the Central Division for the first time this season.

The Rush initially stumbled out of the gates, as they could not muster a first down, going four-and-out on their first drive to turn over the ball to quarterback Tommy Grady and the Utah Blaze. On their very first offensive play, the 2012 MVP found receiver Aaron Lesué to give the Blaze an early lead.

After nearly going four-and-out again, Coffman found Reggie Gray to extend their second attempt at a drive. On the very next play, it was Rodney Wright’s turn to shine as he hauled in a 13 yard touchdown reception to tie the game. After the Blaze responded with another touchdown, Wright capped off a seven-play drive with a three yard run to tie it back up. The see-saw action continued as Chicago and Utah traded two touchdowns apiece, going into the locker room at the half tied at 28.

The Blaze continued their offensive efficiency in the third quarter, as Grady found Mario Urrutia on a 16-yard pass to regain the lead. After Coffman connected with Reggie Gray in the end zone on a textbook back shoulder catch, Grady finally faltered. On a deep pass over the middle, defensive back Jorrick Calvin leapt into the play to collect his second interception in as many weeks. Unfortunately for the Rush, they turned it right back over with a lost fumble as they were about to take their first lead of the night. Grady answered with a six-yard drive, capped off with another touchdown toss to Urrutia. The momentum nearly tipped in favor of Utah as the resulting kickoff return was fumbled by Calvin and recovered by the Blaze. However, on Grady’s first pass attempt of the drive, the ball bounced off the boards and right into defensive back Joe Phinisee’s hands.

The fourth quarter started with new life for Chicago.  Coffman put together an eight-play drive that took five minutes off the clock. Kicker Jose Martinez converted the extra point, giving the Rush their first lead of the night at 42-41. After trading two more touchdowns, the Rush defense turned the tide for good. On a Grady pass attempt, defensive lineman Brian McNally grabbed his throwing arm, and linebacker Kelvin Morris was able to snatch the ball out of the air and find his way into the end zone untouched.

Grady, not fazed by his fourth interception of the night, quickly found receiver Brandon Thompkins on a 45-yard bomb on the ensuing possession. With the two-point conversion successful, the game was once again tied up at 56 with just over a minute remaining. With the choice to either continue the offensive fireworks or slow it down, the Rush made the decision to burn some clock. After a few conservative plays, including an incomplete pass to run the clock down to 0.3 seconds, the stage was set for Martinez to win the game with a 23-yard field goal. After a picture-perfect snap by Anthony Hoke and hold by Vic Hall, Martinez nailed the kick to send the Rush home with a victory. The Rush move into first place in the division, and keep their record on the road perfect.

NOTES—The Rush will take on the Philadelphia Soul May 4th at the Allstate Arena. Season tickets start as low as $8 per seat/ticket and are available now by calling the front office at 855-RUSH-WIN. Stay informed and up to date with the latest team news by following the Rush on Facebook and Twitter.

Bulls Playoff opener a dud in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN—The Brooklyn blackout was a blowout.Ripping apart the vaunted Bulls defense during an impressive second quarter, the Nets punctuated their return to the postseason with a 106-89 victory on Saturday night.Deron Williams scored 22 points, Brook Lopez had 21 and the Nets made 16 of 20 shots in the second period on their way to 60 percent in the first half.

“That’s a hell of a performance,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

Joe Johnson finished with 16 for the Nets, who made their successful first season in Brooklyn even better with a victory in their first playoff appearance since 2007. They will host Game 2 on Monday night.The Nets wore their road black uniforms and fans were encouraged to wear black as well to make it a “blackout” for the first major postseason game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956, when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Ebbets Field.The Nets then came out white-hot, shooting nearly 56 percent and putting six players in double figures.

“Everybody was excited for this game,” Williams said. “I think it has been a long time coming for this franchise, this organization with the move and everything. We expected to be here, so we came out playing like we wanted to be here … we were locked in today.”

Carlos Boozer had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who had Joakim Noah in the starting lineup despite foot pain. But he was clearly limited, and there was no reason to play him more than the 14 minutes he got with the game never in doubt after halftime.

“It was the end of the first [quarter] and they hit us with a haymaker, got us back on our heels,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So end of the first, second quarter, poor defense, poor intensity, poor energy on offense. You can’t win like that.”

The sellout crowd of 17,732 was roaring long before Nets reserve Jerry Stackhouse, who wears the No. 42 that Jackie Robinson once sported in Brooklyn, sang the national anthem. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who committed hundreds of millions on player contracts last summer expecting a longtime loser in New Jersey to win big in Brooklyn, came on the court to thank fans for their passion and support, telling them that this playoff appearance was only the beginning.And what a beginning it was.Williams even had a reverse dunk in the third quarter, showing how much better he feels after ankle pain had him playing well below his usual level before the All-Star break, when he could barely jump.Gerald Wallace and C.J. Watson each scored 14 for the Nets, while Andray Blatche had 12. Noah has battled plantar fasciitis in his right foot and Thibodeau said he didn’t want his All-Star center playing if he was injured. But Noah, who grew up in New York, wanted to give it a try. He finished with four points.

“The thing is he hasn’t practiced so he’s going to be rusty, but I’d rather have him out there. Whatever he can give us is a plus,” Thibodeau said. “We didn’t play well. It wasn’t Jo, it was our team. So he’s a big plus for our team, so we’d like to have him out there. We’ve got to play better. Everyone has to play better.”

The Bulls are still without Derrick Rose, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in last year’s playoff opener. Thibodeau hasn’t ruled out the former MVP returning in this series, noting the end would be two weeks from Saturday if it went the distance.That looked unlikely after Game 1.The Bulls won three of four during the regular season, holding the Nets to 87.5 points per game, but Brooklyn had 89 after the third quarter of this one.

“It was disappointing,” Noah said. “We didn’t play well. We didn’t come out with the right mindset. They scored way too many points in the paint. We didn’t execute well offensively. But you know what, we’ve got to bounce back. No time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve showed resiliency all year and I think we’ve got a lot of basketball left.”

Fans chanted “Brooklyn! Brooklyn!” before the tip and chanted Wallace’s name during it, recognizing his strong performance after a difficult regular season.The Nets jumped out to an 11-point lead after one quarter, getting 12 points from Lopez. It was 38-26 midway through the second before the Nets blew it open. Lopez made two straight baskets, the latter a dunk after Williams juked Marco Belinelli so badly that Jay-Z practically jumped out of his nearby courtside seat.Former Bulls backup Watson followed with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game for the first time, and it was 60-35 at halftime after the Nets scored the final six points.

“I thought we competed extremely well, I thought we defended extremely well and pushed the ball and shared the ball extremely well in the first half,” Carlesimo said.

Noah started the second half, clearly not running well, but was back on the bench before long.Nate Robinson scored 17 points while Jimmy Butler and Belinelli each had 13. Luol Deng had just six on 3-of-11 shooting.

NOTES—Carlesimo got his first playoff victory since April 30, 1997, when he coached Portland…..The Bulls reached the conference semifinals the previous three times they were a No. 5 seed….Jay-Z was in his usual seat near the Nets’ bench even though the rap mogul is selling his small portion of the team, as required, to focus on his player agency business.

Hawks streak ends as Coyotes win in a shootout.

Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko scored in the shootout to lift Phoenix to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday night, snapping the Coyotes’ three-game losing streak and keeping them within range of the final Western Conference postseason berth.Schlemko, a defenseman taking the first shootout attempt of his career, beat Corey Crawford with a high wrist shot for the deciding score in the third round of the tiebreaker to end the Hawks seven-game winning streak.

“I finally got a chance, so I figured I’d better bury it,” Schlemko said. “We’re fighting for our lives. That extra point is huge and I think we deserve it.

With four games remaining, the 11th-place Coyotes moved three points behind Columbus for the eighth and last playoff spot in the West. Detroit is one point behind the Blue Jackets and Dallas another point back and one ahead of Phoenix. Columbus has three games left, while the Red Wings and Stars also have four remaining.Patrick Kane had the lone shootout goal against Mike Smith.Rostislav Klesla and Radim Vrbata scored in the first period for Phoenix.Smith made 36 saves through overtime in his return after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Smith frustrated the Blackhawks last season in the opening round of the playoffs, when Phoenix defeated the Blackhawks in six games.Smith was sharp on Saturday and big reason why the Coyotes pulled out the win. He was at his best in the first period when the Hawks outshot Phoenix 16-9, but trailed the Coyotes 2-1.

“He was huge,” Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. “They with the [Jonathan] Toews lines and put some good pressure on us. … We were kind of laughing after the first period. We needed to get Smitty into the game early, and he got into the game early.”

Brent Seabrook scored two power-play goals in regulation for his first two-goal game this season and second of his career. Crawford had 29 saves through overtime. Despite the loss, the league-leading Hawks have points in 11 straight games (9-0-2). With 73 points overall, the Blackhawks are five ahead of Pittsburgh in the race for the NHL Presidents’ Trophy. Both teams have four games left.The Blackhawks were 2 for 4 on the power play against Phoenix. The Hawks ended a string of 20 unsuccessful power-play chances over nine games on Friday night in a 5-4 overtime win over Nashville by scoring twice with the advantage.An underperforming power play has been one of the few glitches during the lockout-shortened regular season. The Blackhawks are trying to tune it for the playoffs.

“A couple of good shots by [Seabrook], a couple of good plays,” Jonathan Toews said. “Both [power-play] units were doing some good things so it’s nice to see.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also liked his team’s play with the man-advantage, adding, “I thought we had good motion and good movement, good options, It’s nice to see some finished product.”

Even if they had to settle for just one point on Saturday.

“We have a lot of confidence we can win those tight games but sometimes it doesn’t go your way,” Toews added. “We’re more happy with the way we played then the result obviously. We’ll take the good things from it and we’re going on the road this week so we’ll try and bounce back quick.”

The Blackhawks dominated early as Smith made with several close-in saves, including point-blank stops on Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad to keep it scoreless.Seabrook finally put Hawks ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal on a high screened shot with 8:40 left in the first. He fired from the top of the left circle with Andrew Shaw and Phoenix’s Zbynek Michalek tussling in front of the crease.The Blackhawks’ momentum ended abruptly 46 seconds later, when Klesla tied it a 1-all on a bouncing dump-in from center ice. Klesla lobbed the puck toward the net from the left wing boards near the red line. Crawford dropped to his knees, and the puck bounded over him on a short hop.

“It’s just a bad bounce,” Crawford said. “There’s nothing I can do about it now.”

Vrbata then gave the energized Coyotes a 2-1 lead with 5:20 left in the period, beating Crawford from the left circle on with traffic in in front of the net.Seabrook had the only goal in the second, tying it at 2 at 3:39 into the period with his second power-play score. Kane skated into the corner with his back to the play, but took a quick look over his shoulder and slipped a backhand pass to Seabrook, who had pinched into the left circle. Seabrook was wide open, ripped a shot past Smith and then celebrated his hot goal-scoring hand by blowing on his glove.Both goalies made sharp saves early in the scoreless third, and Marcus Kruger fired wide on a prime chance about 5 minutes into the period.Early in overtime, Smith made a lunging glove save on Seabrook, then a quick stop on Toews.

NOTES—Ray Emery sat out his second game with a lower-body injury, so Carter Hutton backed up Crawford…..Patrick Sharp (upper body) and D Michal Rozsival (upper body) also were scratches. Before the game, however, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expected the team would travel to Vancouver for Monday’s game with the Canucks with a full roster…..Phoenix D Derek Morris sat out with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day…..The United Center crowd of the 22,272 was the Blackhawks’ largest this Season.

Hawks beat Preds 5-4 in OT as Hossa scores one of two Power Play(CORRECT)Goals!

The race for the Central Division is long over, and the West has been won. The Presidents’ Trophy is still out there, and the Blackhawks look ready to grab that one as well.If they can pick up a few more timely goals on the power play, this could be only the beginning.Marian Hossa scored just 52 seconds into overtime and the streaking Blackhawks swept the season series against the Nashville Predators for the first time with a 5-4 victory Friday night.

“It’s huge for the confidence of the power play and that’s good,” Hossa said.

With Richard Clune in the penalty box serving a four-minute minor for high sticking, Patrick Kane sent a pass across the ice to Hossa, who one-timed it past Pekka Rinne for his 17th goal of the season.Duncan Keith also scored a power-play goal in the first period for the first Hawks score with the man advantage since March 29 against Anaheim, snapping a string of 20 unsuccessful chances over nine games.

“It made a difference for us tonight,” said captain Jonathan Toews, who had two assists. “We know that in the near future here it’s going to matter a lot, so we need to confident units to go out there and make plays.”

Kane, Michal Handzus, and Brandon Saad also scored for the NHL-best Blackhawks, who have won seven in a row.Slumping Nashville has dropped eight in a row and 11 of 12 overall. Matt Halischuk had two goals and Kevin Henderson scored in his first NHL game, but the Predators still lost to the Blackhawks for the fourth time this month and the sixth consecutive occasion dating to last season.

“Everybody’s pushing to try to get a win,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s one thing or another. All their goals were turnovers.”

The Blackhawks and Nashville were tied at 2 after the first period, and exchanged goals again in the second. Kane gave the Blackhawks the lead when he got a pass from Bryan Bickell and slid the puck between Rinne’s legs for his team-best 21st of the season at 9:20, but Halischuk then got his second of the game when he followed his own shot on a breakaway, making it 3-3 with 7:29 left in the period.Handzus intercepted a pass by Victor Bartley midway through the third and beat Rinne into the top of the goal, giving the Hawks the lead once again. It was the first goal for the veteran center since he was acquired in a trade with San Jose on April 1.

“He’s here not for his scoring prowess, but to do a lot of other things for us,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “But certainly nice to see him get on the board.”

The Predators then tied it when Bobby Butler rushed in for a rebound score with 3 ½ minutes remaining, beating Corey Crawford high into the net.

“The effort to compete was there,” Halischuk said. “We did all the good things, but unfortunately didn’t get the two points.”

The dramatic finish came after a crazy first period that featured a pair of goals for each team. Keith’s third of the season and first in 14 games put the Hawks in front. But the Predators responded with a pair of rebound scores. First, Halischuk poked the puck through Crawford’s legs to tie it at 1 at 6:31. Then Butler drove to the net and Henderson slammed it home in a scrum in front of the goal.

“I was fortunate to get the goal there and help the team out, but it was just an amazing experience for me,” Henderson said. “I was just by myself, and knew I got a stick on it. I was just ecstatic.”

Nashville’s lead didn’t last very long, with Saad tying it at 2 with his 10th of the season at 13:36. Saad, a contender for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL’s top rookie, has seven goals and 15 assists in his last 24 games.

NOTES—Ray Emery (lower body), Michal Rozsival (upper body) and Patrick Sharp (upper body) were among the scratches for the Hawks. Quenneville said Emery will be out again when the Blackhawks host Phoenix on Saturday night…..The Blackhawks held a pregame ceremony to honor longtime broadcaster Pat Foley for his 30 seasons with the team. Foley was presented with a commemorative painting and platinum microphone. “I feel very blessed,” Foley told the sellout crowd of 22,014.

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Here are the matchups for the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

(1) Miami Heat vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks

(2) New York Knicks vs. (7) Boston Celtics

(3) Indiana Pacers vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks

(4) Brooklyn Nets vs. (5) BULLS

(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Rockets

(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Rockets/Lakers

(3) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Golden State Warriors

(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Memphis Grizzlies

Here’s the first-round schedule. First time is local, second is ET. * indicates “if necessary.”

Eastern Conference

Brooklyn vs. BULLS

Game 1 – Sat April 20 BULLS at Brooklyn 7:00PM
Game 2 – Mon April 22 BULLS at Brooklyn 7:00PM
Game 3 – Thu April 25 Brooklyn at BULLS 7:30PM
Game 4 – Sat April 27 Brooklyn at BULLS 1:00PM
Game 5 * Mon April 29 BULLS at Brooklyn TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 Brooklyn at BULLS TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 BULLS at Brooklyn TBD

Miami vs. Milwaukee

Game 1 – Sun April 21 Milwaukee at Miami 7:00PM
Game 2 – Tue April 23 Milwaukee at Miami 7:30PM
Game 3 – Thu April 25 Miami at Milwaukee 6:00PM
Game 4 – Sun April 28 Miami at Milwaukee 2:30PM
Game 5 * Tue April 30 Milwaukee at Miami TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 Miami at Milwaukee TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 Milwaukee at Miami TBD TBD

New York vs. Boston

Game 1 – Sat April 20 Boston at New York 3:00PM 3:00PM
Game 2 – Tue April 23 Boston at New York 8:00PM 8:00PM
Game 3 – Fri April 26 New York at Boston 8:00PM 8:00PM
Game 4 – Sun April 28 New York at Boston 1:00PM 1:00PM
Game 5 * Wed May 1 Boston at New York TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3 New York at Boston TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5 Boston at New York TBD TBD TBD

Indiana vs. Atlanta

Game 1 – Sun April 21 Atlanta at Indiana 1:00PM 1:00PM
Game 2 – Wed April 24 Atlanta at Indiana 7:30PM 7:30PM
Game 3 – Sat April 27 Indiana at Atlanta 7:00PM 7:00PM
Game 4 – Mon April 29 Indiana at Atlanta TBD TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed May 1 Atlanta at Indiana TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3 Indiana at Atlanta TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5 Atlanta at Indiana TBD TBD TBD

Western Conference

Game 1 – Sun April 21 Houston at Oklahoma City 8:30PM 9:30PM
Game 2 – Wed April 24 Houston at Oklahoma City 6:00PM 7:00PM
Game 3 – Sat April 27 Oklahoma City at Houston 8:30PM 9:30PM
Game 4 – Mon April 29 Oklahoma City at Houston TBD TBD TBD
Game 5 * Wed May 1 Houston at Oklahoma City TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3 Oklahoma City at Houston TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5 Houston at Oklahoma City TBD TBD TBD

San Antonio vs. L.A. Lakers

Game 1 – Sun April 21 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 2:30PM 3:30PM
Game 2 – Wed April 24 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio 8:30PM 9:30PM
Game 3 – Fri April 26 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers 7:30PM 10:30PM
Game 4 – Sun April 28 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers 4:00PM 7:00PM
Game 5 * Tue April 30 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 San Antonio at L.A. Lakers TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 L.A. Lakers at San Antonio TBD TBD

Denver vs. Golden State

Game 1 – Sat April 20 Golden State at Denver 3:30PM 5:30PM
Game 2 – Tue April 23 Golden State at Denver 8:30PM 10:30PM
Game 3 – Fri April 26 Denver at Golden State 7:30PM 10:30PM 2
Game 4 – Sun April 28 Denver at Golden State 6:30PM 9:30PM
Game 5 * Tue April 30 Golden State at Denver TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Thu May 2 Denver at Golden State TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 4 Golden State at Denver TBD TBD

L.A. Clippers vs. Memphis

Game 1 – Sat April 20 Memphis at L.A. Clippers 7:30PM 10:30PM
Game 2 – Mon April 22 Memphis at L.A. Clippers 7:30PM 10:30PM
Game 3 – Thu April 25 L.A. Clippers at Memphis 8:30PM 9:30PM
Game 4 – Sat April 27 L.A. Clippers at Memphis 3:30PM 4:30PM
Game 5 * Tue April 30 Memphis at L.A. Clippers TBD TBD TBD
Game 6 * Fri May 3 L.A. Clippers at Memphis TBD TBD TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 5 Memphis at L.A. Clippers TBD TBD TBD