NBA PLAYOFF FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS SET

It’s that time of the year. The NBA playoff matchups are set. Take a look at the matchups and games:

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons

Gm.1 Sun. @ Bucks

Gm.2 Wed. @ Bucks

Gm.3 Sat. @ Pistons

Gm.4 Mon. @ Pistons

 

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Orlando Magic

Gm.1 Sat. @ Raptors

Gm.2  Tue. @ Raptors

Gm.3 Fri. @ Magic

Gm.4 Sun. @ Magic

 

(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Gm.1 Sat. @ 76ers

Gm.2 Mon. @ 76ers

Gm. 3 Thur. @ Nets

Gm.4 Sat. @ Nets

 

(4) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

Gm.1 Sun. @ Celtics

Gm.2 Wed. @ Celtics

Gm.3 Fri. @ Pacers

Gm.4 Sun. @ Pacers

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Clippers

Gm.1 Sat. @ Warriors

Gm.2 Mon. @ Warriors

Gm.3 Thur. @ Clippers

Gm.4 Sun. @ Clippers

 

(2) Denver Nuggets vs (7) San Antonio Spurs

Gm.1 Sat. @ Nuggets

Gm.2 Tue. @ Nuggets

Gm.3 Thur. @ Spurs

Gm.4 Sat @ Spurs

 

(3) Portland Trailblazers vs. (6) Oklahoma City Thunder

Gm.1 Sun. @ Blazers

Gm.2 Tue. @ Blazers

Gm.3 Fri. @ Thunder

Gm.4 Sun. @ Thunder

 

(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Utah Jazz

Gm.1 Sun. @ Rockets

Gm.2 Wed. @ Rockets

Gm.3 Sat. @ Jazz

Gm.4 Mon. @ Jazz

 

 

*Games 5-7 If Necessary 

 

 

 

 

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MAGIC JOHNSON UNEXPECTEDLY STEPS DOWN AS LAKERS’ PRESIDENT OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS (VIDEO)

Los Angeles, CA

 

 

 

Los Angeles Lakers ownership and fans were caught off guard by a sudden press conference by Lakers President Of Basketball Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson late Tuesday afternoon. Magic said he was stepping down from his position to go back to being Magic and have more fun in his life. He also said that he had not informed Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. She likely learned of Magic’s decision just like the general public did. The move likely will not help the long-time relationship between Magic and the Buss family. Check out the impromptu press conference below:

 

Video Courtesy: ESPN

 

KYLE KORVER PINS OPEN LETTER TITLED “PRIVILEGED”

Utah Jazz’s small forward Kyle Korver pinned an open letter in The players Tribune (@theplayerstribune.com) this afternoon that is causing quite the stir on Twitter today. In the letter Korver hit on the topic of racism and privilege in today’s NBA and society itself. It’s a pretty good read. You can click the link to check it out for yourself. The Players Tribune

THE AAF SHUTS DOWN BEFORE FINISHING FIRST FULL SEASON

The Alliance Of American Football league has suspended its operations. On Tuesday, players were told that the end of the day would be the last day of football operations. There has been no official explanation as to why the AAF decided to shut the doors. But if we’re going to take an educated guess here, I would say that money was likely a big factor.

 

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The AAF started off with a bang. As a football junkie myself, I gave the first televised game a shot just to see what it was hittin’ for. I have to admit, I was impressed. The AAF was far from any “junior” NFL league that I’ve seen over the years. From what I saw the AAF was actually very competitive. These didn’t seem to be guys they just picked up off of the streets. These guys seemed to have played organized football at the highest level before. My thinking was right. I remembered multiple names as players who once played in the NFL. There were also a bunch of known names from their college days that did not make a big splash in the NFL. Still, these are all players who’ve played football on the highest level. A big difference from leagues like the XFL back in the day. Talent was not the AAF’s issue. Getting an audience was not even an issue. With the NFL season over, football junkies like myself were fiendin’ for more football to watch. We would’ve watched the AAF faithfully every Sunday at 1pm. The problem was the difficulty finding AAF games on television. I never checked their official schedule, but it seemed sporadic. People like a routine. Plus, the AAF didn’t have the correct television outlets for a new league. You need to be found on a television network (a free one, not the NFL Network). It needs to be accessible to all people. Then you can spin off to your cable channels and “dot-coms” or whatever. After the first week I was looking for more. I think a lot of people were. I believe the league’s first week ratings were pretty good. The league made the mistake of allowing the excitement to wear off. The very next week I couldn’t find a game. I checked their schedule and they were saying it was on cbssports.com. cbssports,com? No disrespect, but I ain’t going through all of that bullsh*t to watch a team that’s not the Philadelphia Eagles. Even during the NFL’s offseason. I forgot the AAF was still a thing after that. My guess is that most of the league’s week 1 viewers did also. That’s a shame too. I really thought they were on to something. Oh well, I guess it’s on to the next one.