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Spurs get "SWEEP" revenge to advance to the NBA Finals.

Two years ago, the San Antonio Spurs suffered a tough defeat in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies, this year they got their redemption as they knocked off the Grizzlies in a sweep of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals for the fifth time in franchise history.

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The Grizzlies pulled off their best season in franchise history as they made the trip to the Western Conference Finals for the first time after knocking out the reigning West champions, the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Led by Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen. The Grizzlies used defense to their advantage in making the trip this season. Unfortunately for them, they suffered a ton of setbacks that led them getting swept by the Spurs. Their offense struggled throughout the series as they struggled shooting the ball on all ends from three point shooting to free throw shooting. Randolph also got a handful against the Spurs defense which have gone back up to the level we used to see them of. Add to that, they suffered a couple of heartbreaking overtime defeats in this series. To put everything in place, they lost to a better team.
 
The Spurs came in the series after knocking out the Golden State Warriors in 6 games, and came out swinging in the series, blowing the Grizzlies in Game 1, then pulling off two straight overtime victories before sweeping the brooms in Game 4. The Spurs are a better offensive team than what we have seen from them in previous years as defense had been a staple for this franchise. Tony Parker shot magnificently throughout the series and the Spurs were able to dissect the Grizzlies defense apart with tough screens and great ball movement, something we haven’t seen from them most of the times. Add to that, the shot the free throws well throughout the series. Tim Duncan turned back the clock with his near unstoppable plays. Players like Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter have also contributed big in this run for them. Now they return to the NBA Finals where they won it all in four trips, the last one was in 2007. They’ll be ready to bring the title back to the Alamo City, six years after they last won it.
 
The Spurs will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. The series currently stands with the Heat leading 2-1.
 
As for the Grizzlies, their magnificent playoff comes to a tough and bitter end. Now the question looms on the players that will stay and go for this franchise. Even the fate of head coach Lionel Hollins is in question. They had a great run this year, but they lost to a better team.
 
Here are the scores from all games of the series:
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Grizzlies 85-103 Spurs
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Pondexter 17, Gasol 15, Conley 14
Rebounds: Gasol 7, Randolph 7
Assists: Conley 8, Bayless 5
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 20, Leonard 18, Green 16
Rebounds: Duncan 10, Ginobili 5, Green 4
Assists: Parker 9, Duncan 4, Ginobili 3, Green 3
 
GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Grizzlies 89-93 Spurs (OT)
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 18, Bayless 18, Randolph 15
Rebounds: Randolph 18, Gasol 14, Pondexter 9
Assists: Conley 4, Gasol 4, Randolph 3, Bayless 3
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 17, Parker 15, Splitter 14
Rebounds: Duncan 9, Leonard 9, Parker 5, Joseph 5
Assists: Parker 18, Ginobili 4, Duncan 3
 
GAME 3 @ Memphis: Spurs 104-93 Grizzlies (OT)
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 26, Duncan 24, Ginobili 19
Rebounds: Leonard 11, Duncan 10, Ginobili 7
Assists: Parker 5, Duncan 5, Ginobili 5
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Conley 20, Gasol 16, Pondexter 15
Rebounds: Randolph 15, Gasol 14, Allen 7
Assists: Gasol 5, Conley 4, Bayless 4
 
GAME 4 @ Memphis: Spurs 93-86 Grizzlies
 
Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 37, Duncan 15, Leonard 11
Rebounds: Duncan 8, Ginobili 6, Leonard 6
Assists: Parker 6, Ginobili 6, Splitter 3, Diaw 3
 
Grizzlies leaders:
Points: Pondexter 22, Gasol 14, Randolph 13
Rebounds: Randolph 8, Allen 8, Conley 6, Arthur 6
Assists: Conley 7, Gasol 5
 
Spurs win series 4-0
 
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"Texas Sized Sweep" in Hollywood.

In a battle of two of the most decorated and battled tested teamsin the Western Conference. The team from the Lone Star Statedealt a sweepon the team wearing the purple and gold for the second time in three seasons. As the steady San Antonio Spurs knocked off a injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Lakers dealt with a lot of injury issues throughout their short playoff run this season as they lost the big star in Kobe Bryant to a knee injury prior to the start of the playoffs. But it wasn’t only Vino who got the injury bug as almost every Laker player went through injuries throughout the season from Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Metta World Peace, Jodie Meeks to name some on a season where expectations on this star-studded lineup were very high and unfortunately, ends up on a massive tail-spin which will be remembered for many years to come. Last time the Lakers got swept in the playoffs was 2 years back when another Texas team, the Dallas Mavericks took them out in the second round on their way to the NBA championship. However the difference this year is that the Spurs swept the Lakers on the road. Unlike the Mavericks who swept the Lakers on their home floor.
 
The steady Spurs took out the Lakers by a margin of almost 19 points a game. Led by their veteran triumvirateof Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. The healthier Spurs took full advantage of the Lakers’ injury woes. Including two huge road victoriesto wrap the series. The Spurs also enjoy a huge supporting cast featuring Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal, and Matt Bonner to name a few. Of course, directed by their long-time head coach Gregg Popovich. The Spurs are poised to put their six year Finals absence behind them and win it all as their Drive for Five continues.
 
The Spurs will face the winner of the series between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.
 
As for the Lakers, there are a ton of questionscoming up for them in the off-season as Dwight Howard will be a free agent this season. As well as a ton of players on the trading block and who knows what may happen to head coach Mike D’Antoni during the off-season.
 
Now here are the scores from all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ San Antonio: Lakers 79-91 Spurs
 
Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 20, Nash 16, Gasol 16

Rebounds: Gasol 16, Howard 15, World Peace 6
Assists: Gasol 6, Nash 3, Blake 3

Spurs leaders:
Points: Parker 18, Ginobili 18, Duncan 17

Rebounds: Leonard 11, Duncan 10, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 8, Splitter 4, Ginobili 3

GAME 2 @ San Antonio: Lakers 91-102 Spurs

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 16, Blake 16, Gasol 13, World Peace 13
Rebounds: Howard 9, Gasol 9, Blake 6
Assists: Nash 6, Gasol 4

Spurs leaders: 
Points: Parker 28, Duncan 16, Leonard 16
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 5, Ginobili 5, Bonner 5
Assists: Parker 7, Ginobili 7

GAME 3 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 120-89 Lakers

Spurs leaders:
Points: Duncan 26, Parker 20, Blair 13
Rebounds: Duncan 9, Blair 7, Splitter 6
Assists: Parker 7, Green 4, Joseph 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Howard 25, Morris 24, Goudelock 20
Rebounds: Gasol 13, Howard 11, Hill 5
Assists: Gasol 10, Morris 5

GAME 4 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 103-82 Lakers

Spurs leaders:

Points: Parker 23, Leonard 13, Blair 13
Rebounds: Leonard 7, Duncan 6, Green 5, Blair 5
Assists: Ginobili 6, Joseph 6, Parker 4

Lakers leaders:
Points: Gasol 16, Goudelock 14, Jamison 12
Rebounds: Gasol 8, Howard 8, Clark 6
Assists: Duhon 7, Morris 6, Gasol 5

Spurs win series 4-0

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The Champs just "Sweep the Deer"

Well, in what I will say as the most lopsided matchup I have ever seen in the NBA Playoffs. It’s the defending champions + best team in the NBA this season against a team who made it to the playoffs with a losing record. The defending champions proved to be too much for these “Young Deers” as the Miami Heat will continue their quest for a repeat as they knock off the Milwaukee Bucks in a sweep to advance to the second round.

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The Bucks fought hard in this series as they kept it close against the Heat fueled by the bold statement guard Brandon Jennings gave prior to the playoffs, in which he said that they will knock the champions out of the first round. Well, last season, the 8th-seed in the East Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in six games, as the Bulls who lost Derrick Rose to a torn ACL in their Game 1 victory was never the same team that topped the NBA afterwards. The Sixers would have a nice battle in Round 2 against the Boston Celtics, they took them to 7 games before losing on the road. Unfortunately for Jennings and the Bucks, his statements backfired and the Heat just swept them out of the playoffs with big margins averaging almost 15 points a game.
 
LeBron James has been on a tear for the Heat, leading their chase for the repeat as he is well on his way to winning his 4th MVP Title and a second back-to-back after doing it with his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2009 and 2010. The spotlight may be on him, but he’s getting help with the rest of the infamous but star-studded trio of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. As well as the rest of the roster from Ray Allen, Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem to name a few. The Heat are a well-oiled machine and still the favorites to represent the East in the NBA Finals this season.
 
The Heat will face the winner of the series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls in the second round. (As of the time of this writing, the Bulls lead the series 3-1, with Game 5 coming up tomorrow in Brooklyn).
 
As for the Bucks, they picked up hard lessons from this series. Especially on a season of transition as they switched coaches from Scott Skiles to Jim Boylan (which happened before in Chicago). They are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and still have a lot of room to grow in the years to come.
 
Now here are the scores for all games of the series:
 
GAME 1 @ Miami: Bucks 87-110 Heat
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 26, Ellis 22
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 5, Henson 5
Assists: Ellis 3, Redick 3
 
Heat leaders:
Points: James 27, Allen 20, Wade 16
Rebounds: James 10, Bosh 7, Andersen 7
Assists: James 8, Wade 5
 
GAME 2 @ Miami: Bucks 86-98 Heat

Bucks leaders:
Points: Ilyasova 21, Dunleavy Jr 16, Sanders 14
Rebounds: Ilyasova 6, Sanders 6, Dunleavy Jr 6
Assists: Jennings 5, Ellis 5, Dunleavy Jr 5
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Wade 21, James 19
Rebounds: James 8, Bosh 6, Haslem 6, Andersen 6
Assists: James 6, Allen 4, Wade 3
 
GAME 3 @ Milwaukee: Heat 104-91 Bucks
 
Heat leaders:
Points: Allen 23, James 22, Bosh 16
Rebounds: Bosh 14, Wade 9, Andersen 6
Assists: Wade 11, Chalmers 8, James 6
 
Bucks leaders:
Points: Jennings 16, Sanders 16, Ilyasova 15
Rebounds: Sanders 11, Ilyasova 8, Mbah a Moute 6
Assists: Jennings 8, Ellis 6, Ilyasova 4
 
GAME 4 @ Milwaukee: Heat 88-77 Bucks

Heat leaders:
Points: James 30, Allen 16, Haslem 13
Rebounds: James 8, Chalmers 8, Allen 7
Assists: James 7, Chalmers 6, Miller 4
 
Heat win series 4-0
 
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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: SPURS PULL OFF ANOTHER SWEEP, MOVES ON TO THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS WITH GAME 4 WIN VS THE CLIPPERS 102-99. Heat tie their series against the Pacers with win in Game 4 101-93

The San Antonio Spurs celebrate their Game 4 victory against the Clippers
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The San Antonio Spurs are going back to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2008 as they pull off another playoff sweep as they defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their series at the Staples Center 102-99. The Spurs will face the winner between the other second round series in the West between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers with Game 5 of that series to be played tomorrow in Oklahoma City.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Tony Parker added 17 points and 5 assists. Danny Green added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Gary Neal off the bench also scored 14 points with 3 assists. Manu Ginobili added 11 points and 4 assists. Tiago Splitter also scored 11 points with 7 rebounds.

Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double 23 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Blake Griffin added 21 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe off the bench added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. DeAndre Jordan added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Randy Foye added 8 points and 3 steals.

In Indianapolis, the Miami Heat even up their second round series against the Indiana Pacers with the win in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse 101-93. Game 5 will be played in Miami on May 23. LeBron James led the Heat with a near triple-double 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Dwayne Wade added 30 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks. Udonis Haslem off the bench added 14 points and 4 rebounds. Mario Chalmers added 8 points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Darren Collison off the bench scored 16 points. Paul George added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Roy Hibbert added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 13:52 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE
 
#1 Spurs vs #5 Clippers
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0
 
#2 Thunder vs #3 Lakers (Thunder lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 22, 9:30 am PHT on Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE

#4 Celtics vs #8 76ers (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: May 22, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV
 
#2 Heat vs #3 Pacers (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5: May 23, 8:00 am PHT Channel TBD
 
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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: SPURS SWEEP JAZZ WITH GAME 4 WIN 87-81. Clippers take 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies with Game 4 win in OT 101-97.

Tiago Splitter dunks over Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson
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The San Antonio Spurs advance to the second round of the Western Conference as they complete the sweep of the Utah Jazz with a Game 4 victory at the EnergySolutions Arena 87-81. The Jazz tried to come back from a 21 point deficit and got it to within 4, but the Spurs defense proved their worth and stopped the Jazz from completing the comeback. The Spurs will face the winner between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers with the Clippers lead the series 3-1.

Manu Ginobili off the bench led the Spurs with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 11 points. Duncan added 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. Parker added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Tiago Splitter added 10 points and 3 steals. Stephen Jackson scored 8.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with a double-double 26 points and 10 rebounds with 2 steals. Devin Harris added 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Derrick Favors also finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Paul Millsap also came up with a double-double 10 points and 19 rebounds with 2 blocks.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers win in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center 101-97. Game 5 will be back in Memphis on May 10 as the Grizzlies will look to keep their season alive at home. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out in overtime. Chris Paul added 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Caron Butler scored 14. Mo Williams added 9 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists off the bench. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Rudy Gay added 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Zach Randolph added 12 points and 9 rebounds. Marreese Speights added 9 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 15:07 PHT)
WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz
SAN ANTONIO SPURS WINS SERIES 4-0

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 9:30 am PHT Channel TBD

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV
#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 9:30 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 8:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 10, 7:00 am PHT Channel TBD

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NBA Daily Blog Playoff Edition: DEFENDING CHAMPION MAVERICKS DETHRONED BY THE THUNDER IN A FIRST ROUND SWEEP WITH LOSS IN GAME 4 103-97.

 Serge Ibaka blocks Dirk Nowitzki
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The Dallas Mavericks title defense came to an abrupt end as the Mavericks lose their first round series in a sweep against the team they beat in last year’s Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of their series at the American Airlines Center 103-97. This is the 2nd straight season that the defending champions got swept in a playoff series. Ironically, it was the Mavericks who done it last year to the then back-to-back defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers during their 2nd round match-up. This is also the 2nd time a defending champion got swept in the first round in 5 years since the Miami Heat who won the title in 2006 suffer a first round sweep at the hands of the Chicago Bulls in 2007. The Mavericks are the first team to be knocked out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs in which nobody expected they will be so. For the Thunder, they advance to the 2nd round and will face the winner between the #3 Los Angeles Lakers and the #6 Denver Nuggets in which the Lakers lead the series 2-1.

James Harden off the bench led the Thunder with 29 points (15 of them in the 4th quarter including a clutch lay-up in the final moments of the game), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Kevin Durant finished with a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds with 4 assists and 2 blocks. Russell Westbrook added 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Derek Fisher scored 12. Serge Ibaka added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.

2011 NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jason Kidd added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Jason Terry who regularly comes off the bench, started the game and finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Ian Mahinmi off the bench added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Shawn Marion added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Vince Carter added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

In Orlando, the Indiana Pacers are now one win away from advancing to the 2nd round for the first time since 2005 as they defeat the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of their series at the Amway Center 101-99. Game 5 will be back in Indianapolis on May 9. David West led the Pacers with a double-double 26 points and 12 rebounds. Danny Granger added 21 points and 7 rebounds. Roy Hibbert also finished with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds with 3 blocks. Geroge Hill added 12 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Darren Collison off the bench added 11 points, 9 assists and 2 steals. Jason Richardson led the Magic with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Glen Davis finished with a double-double 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jameer Nelson also finished with a double-double 12 points and 11 assists with 6 rebounds. 2012 Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu each scored 11. J.J. Redick off the bench added 10 points and 7 assists.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers pull off another comeback victory as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their first round series at the Staples Center 87-86. Game 4 will be in Los Angeles on May 8. Chris Paul led the Clippers with a double-double 24 points and 11 assists with 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Blake Griffin added 17 points and 4 rebounds. Randy Foye added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Mo Williams scored 8 off the bench. Reggie Evans pulled down 11 rebounds. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Zach Randolph added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Marc Gasol finished with a double-double 11 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter off the bench also scored 11.

In Salt Lake City, the San Antonio Spurs take a 3-0 lead in their first round series against the Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena 102-90. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 27 points and 6 assists. Tim Duncan added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Danny Green added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Stephen Jackson added 13 points and 2 blocks off the bench. Tiago Splitter added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Manu Ginobili dished out 10 assists with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Al Jefferson led the Jazz with a double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds. Devin Harris added 21 points and 5 assists. Derrick Favors also finished with a double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds with 2 steals and 2 blocks. Rookie Alec Burks scored 11 off the bench. Paul Millsap pulled down 11 rebounds with 9 points and 5 blocks

2012 NBA Playoffs Bracket (as of 14:27 PHT)

WESTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Spurs vs #8 Jazz (Spurs lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 8, 8:00 am PHT on Basketball TV

#4 Grizzlies vs #5 Clippers (Clippers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 8, 10:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#3 Lakers vs #6 Nuggets (Lakers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 9:30 am PHT on Studio 23 and Basketball TV

#2 Thunder vs #7 Mavericks
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER WINS SERIES 4-0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#1 Bulls vs #8 76ers (76ers lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 1:00 am PHT on NBA Premium TV

#4 Celtics vs #5 Hawks (Celtics lead series 2-1)
Game 4: May 7, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV

#3 Pacers vs #6 Magic (Pacers lead series 3-1)
Game 5: May 9, 7:00 am PHT on Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV

#2 Heat vs #7 Knicks (Heat lead series 3-0)
Game 4: May 8, 3:30 am PHT on NBA Premium TV 
Surprised that the Mavericks are the first team to be knocked out of this year’s playoffs and in a sweep.

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