No NBA Playoff Games on TV Until Sunday, May 13

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The first round of this postseason was fun.

The No. 2 Boston Celtics host the No. 3 Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m.

The playoffs are a whole new arena altogether as rotations are kept much tighter and bench depth is put to the test.

The New Orleans Pelicans have come into the second round sweeping the Blazers in a very convincing manner. Each series was a bit of a letdown.

The Rockets averaged just over 117 points per game against the Warriors in the regular season, but Golden State outscored Houston 353-352 in the three games combined.

For all intents and purposes, this is the real NBA Finals. Remarkably, the four teams that played on opening night are the final four standing at the end of the season. After Houston forged an 11-point lead on two Clint Capela free throws at the 7:16 mark, Mitchell ignited a 12-0 run with a step-back jumper, a layup through a foul, and an assist on a corner 3 by Burks.

"He's a great player, one of the best in the league and a future Hall of Famer".

Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason's second round - one that wasn't exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA's four conference semifinal series went past five games.

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Five Golden State players-Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Igoudala, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston-have won two NBA titles, while Kevin Durant captured his first last season but had already experienced the NBA Finals during his spell with the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, they are aware of how unsafe the Celtics can be.

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them", he told ESPN. Expectations will be higher for them next season. The Cavs are favored to win the series at -280, while the Celtics are underdogs at +235.

According to OddsShark, the Cavaliers are one point road favorites over the Celtics in Game 1.

Had it not, it's hard to imagine what the National Basketball Association landscape would look like - other than a few more National Basketball Association championships for LeBron James.

The Warriors know this Rockets team is engineered just to topple them, and that might result in the most energized Golden State series we've seen in a long time. There is star power on both sides, and playoff history and animus to go with it. We are going to keep improving our roster.... Instead of constantly bombing threes, they're mixing in a lot more mid-range shots and utilizing their cutting action more.

"Not at all. Who plays for just that?" Everybody's excited about it.

I'm not sure if Kerr heard those comments, but if he did, I bet he'd give a small fist pump to them, too.

Going up against this All-Star quartet will be a hugely hard task but the Rockets have focused heavily on making sure their players can switch and guard multiple positions in order to try and avoid mismatches. In any case, this series will be the most entertaining series in the playoffs by far and the victor will likely be heavily favored against whichever team comes out of the East. "But now you've got, you know. they got us, we got them".

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