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Eastern Conference:

1st Round: 

#1 Milwaukee Bucks (56-17), 2 vs. #8 Orlando Magic (33-40), 1; Bucks win series 4-1
#4 Indiana Pacers (45-28), 0 vs. #5 Miami Heat (44-29), 3; Heat sweep series 4-0
#2 Toronto Raptors (53-19), 4 vs. #7 Brooklyn Nets (35-37), 0; Raptors sweep series 4-0
#3 Boston Celtics (48-24), 4 vs. #6 Philadelphia 76ers (43-30), 0; Celtics sweep series 4-0

2nd Round:

#1 Milwaukee Bucks (56-17), 1 vs. #5 Miami Heat (44-29), 4; Heat win series 4-1
#2 Toronto Raptors (53-19), 3 vs. #3 Boston Celtics (48-24), 4; Celtics win series 4-3

Conference Finals:

#3 Boston Celtics, 1 vs. #5 Miami Heat (44-29), 2; Heat lead 2-1

Western Conference:

1st Round:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers (52-19), 3 vs. #8 Portland Trail Blazers (35-39), 1; Lakers win series 4-1
#4 Houston Rockets (44-28), 4 vs. #5 Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28), 3; Rockets win series 4-3
#2 Los Angeles Clippers (49-23), 3 vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks (43-32), 1; Clippers win series 4-2
#3 Denver Nuggets (46-27), 4 vs. #6 Utah Jazz (44-28), 3; Nuggets win series 4-3

2nd Round:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers (52-19), 4 vs. #4 Houston Rockets, 1; Lakers win series 4-1
#2 Los Angeles Clippers (49-23), 3 vs. #3 Denver Nuggets, 4; Nuggets win series 4-3

Conference Finals:
#1 Los Angeles Lakers (52-19), 2 vs. #3 Denver Nuggets, 1; Lakers lead 2-1

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Through 1 1/2 days in these playoffs, this is the lay of the land.

Eastern Conference:
Last night, the 8th seed Orlando Magic pulled off a huge upset over the 1st seed Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis played great, but Vucevic was better as the Magic shocked the Bucks to jump to a 1-0 lead in their series.
The 2nd seed and reigning champion Toronto Raptors demolished the 7th seed Brooklyn Nets to cruise to a 1-0 series lead.
The 3rd seed Boston Celtics took care of business against the 6th seed Philadelphia 76ers to take a 1-0 lead in their series.
And the 5th seed Miami Heat managed to best the 4th seed Indiana Pacers for a 1-0 lead in their series.

Western Conference:
The 2nd seed LA Clippers managed to best the 7th seed Dallas Mavericks to take a 1-0 lead in their series.
The 3rd seed Denver Nuggets also took care of business against the 6th seed Utah Jazz for a 1-0 lead in their series.
The 4th seed Houston Rockets easily handled the 5th seed Oklahoma City Thunder for a 1-0 lead in their series.
Now the 1st seed LA Lakers will take on the 8th seed Portland Trail Blazers.



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When was the last time both #1 seeds lost Game 1?

The Portland Trailblazers come away with a huge upset over the Lakers.
LeBron and A.D. both missing free throws, followed by Dame hitting that dagger from damn near half court sealed their fate tonight.



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If the Nets would have won today it would have been the biggest upset so far they are the least likely lower seeded team to win at least one game. Looks like the Jazz versus Nuggets series could go seven games.



Chris Hu said:
If the Nets would have won today it would have been the biggest upset so far they are the least likely lower seeded team to win at least one game. Looks like the Jazz versus Nuggets series could go seven games.

The Nets caught the Raptors sleeping tonight. Toronto probably thought it'd be a cake walk after Game 1. Well, that ain't the case.

Agreed on the Jazz and Nuggets; I also think the Pacers/Heat and Lakers/Trail Blazers could go the distance.



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Carmelo Anthony will lead the Blazers to the championship while putting the other 29 teams who refused to pick him up to shame starting with his boy and the lakers!



ratolmc said:
Carmelo Anthony will lead the Blazers to the championship while putting the other 29 teams who refused to pick him up to shame starting with his boy and the lakers!

He will take vengeance on two out of three of his former teams between the Rockets/Thunder and Nuggets. What you didn't know was that he's not really such a horrible defender; he was storing up power to unleash it on these playoffs!



Day 3 of the Playoffs are in the books.

The Celtics stomped on the 76ers yet again to take a 2-0 series lead in their best of seven.
The Raptors just manage to squeak by the Nets who put up a much bigger fight than they did in game 1, but it's not enough as the Raptors also take a 2-0 series lead.
After losing Game 1 in OT despite a 57-point effort from Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz respond emphatically; Demolishing the Denver Nuggets to tie the series at 1 game apiece.
The Dallas Mavericks responded to their Game 1 loss on Monday to split the series 1 game apiece with the LA Clippers.

Tomorrow's games:
Heat/Pacers - Game 2
Thunder/Rockets - Game 2
Magic/Bucks - Game 2
Trail Blazers/Lakers - Game 2



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Nice win by the Mavs they almost won the first game too. The Mavs bench played solid in both games and outplayed the Clippers bench easily so far.



PAOerfulone said:

When was the last time both #1 seeds lost Game 1?

The Portland Trailblazers come away with a huge upset over the Lakers.
LeBron and A.D. both missing free throws, followed by Dame hitting that dagger from damn near half court sealed their fate tonight.

Think you need to redefine "dagger".  That shot came with the game tied and over 3 minutes left!

Just one of those games were the Blazers got hot in the 4th.  McCollum, Carmelo, and Trent all hit big shots on top of Lillard's signature shots and Whiteside owned the paint.

Forget the free throws, that's just media narrative looking to boil the game down to one factor.  In the grand scheme of things, they were no more meaningful than missing mid-range shots on consecutive trips.  The Lakers just can't shoot in general at the moment.  That's making the difference.  You go 35% from the field and 15% from 3 and you're usually going to lose games by a whole lot more than 7 points.

That and Avery Bradley deciding to be a flake and costing the team the perimeter defense they really need against teams like Portland in the West.